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Oxford defines it as ‘the release of eggs from ovaries.’ But that we can always get from some science, right? Basically, during the ovulation period, the egg travels all way down the fallopian tube, where it might meet up with a sperm and become fertilized. For all healthy women, not suffering from hormonal issues, ovulation usually happens every month, a few weeks after your menstruation begins.
To all the ladies out there! Thinking of conceiving? Then it’s high time you get your understanding of your big O: OVULATING zones.
Thus, having a proper and better knowledge of what ovulation is about, time periods of ovulating, its prediction and its signs and symptoms; the female readers will definitely gain insight into a clearer picture of their menstrual cycles which will also help them spot or notice any abnormal ovulation symptoms down the lane! So in order to know where you fine ladies stand on your red cycles, let us take our reading hats into the book of some evident signs of ovulation! Here we go –
The When of Ovulation –
You might have heard or read or noticed that ovulation typically happens on day 15 of your menstrual cycles but the trend is not similar in everyone’s menstrual arenas. If you fall into the category of most women belonging to the childbearing ages, then your cycle might last between 28 or 32 days, depending on one’s body makeups. Ovulation generally hits between days 10 and 19, that is, about 12 to 16 days before the subsequent period!
Some Facts About Ovulation-
- A woman is fertile, or able to be pregnant, for approx. 6 days every month. And of those 6 days, the proper time frame to conceive a baby is during the 2-3 days prior to the ovulation and the day of ovulating itself, when one is most fertile.
- Experts usually recommend having sexual intercourse daily in the days which lead up to ovulation process, as a sperm can live for around 3 to 5 days inside a woman’s body, which means that they would be waiting there when the precious egg makes its debut.
- The egg typically lives for almost 12 to 14 hours after the ovulation process.
- Some women might ovulate like a clockwork, on the same day of their cycle each month, and other women can ovulate on varying days every month.
- There are possibilities that some women might not experience any symptom at all!
Having said that, it’s extremely crucial for women to know the signs and symptoms of ovulation so as facilitate their pregnancy planning. So let’s get started with the top 15 of them.
Top 15 Signs and Symptoms
1. BBT (Basal Body Temperature) monitoring:
At times referred to as BBT, basal body temperature is the temperature of the body at zero level, that is to say, at rest! BBT remains fairly uniform, steady and stable and mediates between 97.2 and 6 degrees Fahrenheit. As one gets closer to ovulation, there might be a slight frequent change in BBT pursued by a sharp rise in it. By taking your temperature through a digital thermometer soon or immediately after waking up, you can look for a sustained rise or increase to confirm that you have reached your ovulating period. A few months later, this information might work out for you in the baby-making scenario! Stay tuned to the rest of the signs!
2. Cervical mucus changes :
The time you are about to ovulate, your body tends to produce estrogen in a manner more than normal, affecting the cervical mucus lining to become more stretchy and the mucus itself becomes clear akin to egg white! As a matter of fact, not all the cervical fluids look the same but this texture actually helps the sperm to float or swim to the released egg.
How to test it? Well, here’s an answer to it too! Insert a clean finger into your womanhood, remove the unwanted mucus and then spread the secretion out between your thumb and middle/forefinger. If the result is sticky, then your ovulation time is nearing.
3. Track Your Menstruation-
It’s important to chart your menstrual cycle if you want to analyze your ovulation or want to conceive. Recording the days your periods begin and end for several months, is the most inexpensive way of tracking your ovulation. If you are a woman with normal menstrual cycles— i.e. between 25 and 35 days, then you are much likely to be ovulating regularly, with proper ovulation occurring about on 14 days before menstruation. Make a point to note down whenever you experience any potential sign of ovulation, mentioned in this article.
4. Increased Sexual Drive-
In the days leading up to ovulation, generally the sexual drive and libido of a woman increase significantly, and she tends to think more of sex often. Well, this is one of the cues, the human body provides for encouraging reproduction. A woman’s highly fertile womanhood identifies its chances of conception during this period.
5. You’re Nauseous-
Your peaking hormones are responsible for triggering the process of ovulation, specifically the increase in the levels of estrogen, and the rush of luteinizing hormone (LH). They can cause some women to become extensively nauseous. In addition, bodies of some women respond to the gush in hormones by producing furthermore digestive juices, creating a scenario for stomach upset and discomfort.
In a recent research study, many women have reported instances of stomach upset and cramps surrounding the time of ovulation, and researches generally believe that it’s one’s body’s sensitivity to the rapidly moving hormones that usually contribute to both of the stomach ailments and the potential headaches.
6. Bloating in Abdomen-
The phenomenon of bloating occurs when the body tends to hold on to excess water or fluids. The estrogen hormone is at its peak, during the ovulation phase often resulting in a quite temporary imbalance in various body systems. This might sound odd, but this symptom can feel like somewhat contradiction, since women might even experience a boost in her libido and liveliness, and simultaneously feel a bit uncomfortable because of bloating.
7. Feeling Extra Exuberant-
Personally, I can quite relate to this unique symptom, though many of my friends deny experiencing it. During my ovulating cycle, like many other women, I feel extra chirpy, energized and can feel an overall sense of well being. Many studies show that this symptom is quite subjective to different women and isn’t felt by all. As ovulation arrives, our body produces an exquisite balance of hormones, which are meant to improve the probability of a woman having sexual intercourse and that of conceiving.
8. Swelling in Breasts-
As this phenomenon hits womanhood every month, our breasts tend to undergo swelling and tenderness in nipples. There is a hike in progesterone levels, which is generally produced in greater amounts by the corpus luteum (a portion of the ovary that releases an egg during ovulation). therefore the tissue of our breasts might swell with some extra water or some kind of fluids.
9. Pain in Pelvis-
As a matter of fact, the pain doesn’t occur on all sides of the pelvis, but just in one portion. Every month, a small cyst is formed on a woman’s ovary, which would ultimately be the most dominant follicle, responsible for actually releasing a mature egg at the time of ovulation. This cyst is never a cause of being concerned. In fact, it has been correctly termed as “functional” cyst, as it will ultimately serve a purpose, and in case of pregnancy is not achieved, it will just fade away as soon as a woman’s menstrual cycle begins again.
The cyst, however, might cause a slight amount of discomfort, felt like a very mild pain on one side of our pelvis. this happens because a woman usually ovulates from one ovary every cycle, rotating back and forth between every cycle, she may be able to pay close attention and realize from which side she is producing an egg during any given month.
10. Prediction by Ovulation Kits-
The Ovulation predictor kits ( OPK), are undoubtedly the most concrete method of identifying the period of ovulation. These kits work after detecting a rush in hormone production known as the luteinizing hormone (LH). This specific hormone is released by the anterior pituitary gland, and it rises generally up to 12 to 36 hours before the ovulation begins. This means that if some woman takes all the ovulation tests daily throughout her menstrual cycle, she can very accurately note when the body has produced this kind of hormone.
11. Calm Before the Storm-
Well, for several women all across the globe, ovulating is the calmest phase before the pre-menstrual syndromes hit. We generally tend to feel confident in our smooth, clear and acne free skin. Before the storm arrives in the form of period acne, our cycles are dominated by estrogen initially and progesterone in the latter phase, thus resulting in a balanced skin condition
12. Smell Sensitivity-
Rising and falling hormones rule our menstrual cycle. The roller-coaster of hormone production throughout an entire woman’s cycle can cause many subtle and physical symptoms, and estrogen and progesterone steal the show in this case. One prominent effect of this sudden surge of estrogen and then progesterone immediately surrounding the ovulation is a very heightened sense of smell. This explains that women’s bodies congenitally become extremely aware of their surroundings. If you’re one of those women who become too disgusted by subtle odors or some typical smells, then you belong to the second group of women mentioned in the research studies.
13. Light Spotting-
Many a time, I experience light spotting in the last days of my periods, as an indicator that ovulation has occurred early. It is believed that small amounts of blood are released from the vagina as a mature egg bursts from the follicle responsible for producing it. This blood eventually often makes its way down to our uterus and is ultimately shed through light vaginal bleeding.
If you’re someone who is trying to conceive, then you should be sure to take note of any mid-cycle spotting, which is considered a good sign of fertility by experts.
14. Shifting of Cervix-
The cervix, prominent to our femininity, acts as a protector to the uterus, remaining finely hard and dry. But before the ovulation, women usually describe their cervix to be feeling firm, low and unyielding. However, during the process of ovulation, a woman would notice that the cervix has shift little higher and that it feels much softer and wetter. This happens because it naturally opens and becomes much more receptive to sperm, in certain hopes that the conception would occur.
15. Acute Attraction-
When a woman arrives the most fertile portion of her ovulation cycle, she generally tends to find herself very much attracted to different types of men, whom she might not prefer rest of the time. A study has revealed and shown that the kind of face a woman finds attractive on a man differs, depends and varies on where and which stage she is on her menstrual scale. Weirdly interesting, right? For instance, if she is ovulating, she might be or is attracted to men bearing somewhat rugged and manly features. However, if she is near to her menopausal stage or bleeding, then she sort of tends to be more attracted to men with their mouths covered with duct tapes and spear loaded chests! Just an expression of writing, eh?