Signs of ovulation day
Ovulation refers to the cyclical release of egg from the ovaries, a process that is crucial for maintaining fertility in females. Ovulation occurs every month and it is the period of maximal fertility for the females as the chances of conception are the highest during this time.
Ovulation normally occurs on the 14th day of an average 28 day long menstrual cycle and does not give rise to any significant signs and symptoms. However, your body gives you warning signs during ovulation which can be noted to determine the time of ovulation.
Determining the ovulation day is important for those couples who follow natural family planning methods and those trying to conceive. Here are the signs that can help you determine the day of ovulation.
Basal Body Temperature
Charting the body temperature is one of the most reliable indicators for determining the ovulation day. Body temperature remains rather consistent prior to ovulation followed by a slight decrease at the time of ovulation. There is a sharp increase in the temperature immediately following ovulation which shows that ovulation has just taken place. Afterwards, the temperature stays the same until the next period. The best time to note the body temperature is right after waking up in the morning.
Cervical Fluid Changes
Near or during ovulation, cervical fluid changes in consistency and becomes “egg white like”. The amount of discharge becomes maximal during ovulation. These changes in cervical fluid vary from one woman to another.
Also known as Mittelschmerz, Ovulation pain is the light cramping pain in the abdomen and the flanks. The pain is quite mild in intensity and may be missed altogether, being dismissed as a gut problem.
Light spotting can occur owing to decrease in the circulating levels of the female hormone estrogen right before ovulation takes place. In the relative absence of progesterone, the uterus tends to shed some of its lining which manifests as light spotting.
Some of the other signs and symptoms of ovulation include
- Breast tenderness
- Increased libido
- Increased visual, taste and smell acuity
- Increased energy level
- Water retention
Ovulation Prediction Kits (OPKs) are available that help detect the changes taking place within the body near ovulation. These kits work by determining the levels of the Luteinizing Hormone (LH), a hormone which plays a critical role in ovulation. The increase in the levels of LH implies that ovulation is likely to take place within next 12 to 24 hours.