The symptoms and signs of ovulation may be very subtle, or even absent for some women. In many cases, symptoms and signs of ovulation may be confused with symptoms and signs of other health issues or body processes. However, most women can use the clues below to pinpoint the days on which they are ovulating and the day on which ovulation ends in order to help determine the days on which they have the highest probability of conceiving.
Drop in Basal Body Temperature
Prior to or at the time that ovulation begins, most women experience a drop in their basal body temperature. Basal body temperature can be measured by taking your temperature when you wake in the morning. If you are tracking your basal body temperature, you should try to take your temperature at the same time every morning. If you notice a drop in your basal body temperature near the middle of your typical cycle, you are likely ovulating or about to begin ovulating. If you notice an increase in your basal body temperature, it likely indicates that ovulation has ended.
White Cervical Fluid
When you are near ovulation of ovulating, you may notice some changes to your cervical fluid. The cervical fluid may resemble a white liquid. The presence of this white cervical fluid toward the middle of your menstrual cycle is a likely indicator of ovulation. Women should note that every woman’s cervical fluid may look different. If you want to improve your cervical fluid production, there are products called cervical mucus supplements that may help you increase the quantity and quality of cervical mucus.
Cervical Position or Firmness Changes
When a woman ovulates, the cervix goes through a multitude of changes. While the way that the cervix feels will vary woman to woman, the cervix generally feels softer, higher, more open, and/or more wet during ovulation. In order to detect changes in how your cervix feels, examine your cervix at the beginning and end of your menstrual cycle. Then, compare it to how your cervix feels towards the middle of your menstrual cycle.
These signs of ovulation are great indicators that you may be, or are about to be ovulating. You may find it helpful to track these signs from month-to-month in order to predict when you are going to ovulate. However, you should keep in mind that not all women will notice or experience any or all of these signs of ovulation.