12 Awesome Ways To Track Your Ovulation Period

April 06, 2017

Ovulation can be seen as a period where a matured egg is ejected from the ovary and directed to the fallopian tube preparing it to be fertilized. 

Majorly as a woman, this process occurs every month because a mature egg will be given out by the ovaries to the fallopian tube which makes it ready to be fertilizing by a sperm.

A woman is said to be born having millions of immature eggs that are waiting aimlessly for the period of ovulation in her body so as to be fertilized, researchers said that she ovulates 400 times in her lifetime which gives her the express chance to become a mother.

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Every woman has a fertile window of only six days in a cycle and this happens because your egg as a woman can live up to 24 hours after leaving the ovary but the sperm of a man can only live up to five days in normal conditions.

Ovulation process occurs in most women 15 days before their next period but this process of ovulation can occur before or after your menstrual period as the case may be.

 The menstrual cycle takes place when an egg is not fertilized; it breaks up and is absorbed into the uterine lining causing the flow of blood.

Your ovulation period can be altered by illness, disruption of normal routines and stress; it gives the woman various body signals which a woman who intends to conceive has to look up to for a greater chance to become a mother.

 These signs pinpoint when it is good to have an intercourse which is two day to your ovulation day.

                                            Types of Ovulation Cycle

The ovulation cycle is divided into two namely

      The Follicular Phase – this period starts from the first day of the last menstrual period (LMP) until the time of ovulation. 

    This phase which occurs in the first half of the cycle works differently for every woman as it lasts between 7 days to 40 days in this cycle.

      The Luteal Phase – this cycle is the second half of your cycle which is from the day of your ovulation till the next period kicks up, normally it is 12 to 16 days from the day of your ovulation. 

   When you are able to know your luteal phase then you will be able to calculate when you will ovulate next and this is attainable in every woman as it is consistent. Stress can alter it by making it come late that is altering the date and time it will happen.

                                      How do I Know I am ovulating?

Ovulation takes place in women differently that is each or some women have an or somebody signals that denote that ovulation is about to take place in their body.

 It is advisable for each woman to know when and what symptoms reveal this awesome period in their lives.

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1.    Saliva ferning.

2.    Nausea or headaches.

3.    High sexual desire.

4.    Ovulation pain.

5.    Changes in cervix position.

6.    Slight spotting.

7.    Increase in basal body temperature.

8.    Changes in cervical mucus.

9.    Abdominal bloating.

10.Luteinizing hormone (LH) levels in Urine.

11.Breast tenderness.

12.Heightened senses.

1.    Saliva ferning - this is a sign to detect your ovulation period and special microscopes are used to confirm this symptom.

    A ferning pattern looks like frost on a window pane and it happens during the LH surge which takes place between 24 – 36 hours before ovulation.

2.    Nausea and headaches – this happens when a woman is being sensitive to hormone changes, so they experience headaches and nausea before ovulation period.

3.    High sexual desire – this is another way to know when you are ovulating as some women tend to have high sexual urge when they are most fertile during this period.

4.    Ovulation pain – during the period of ovulation some women feel some kind of sensation or cramping pain in their lower abdomen on a particular side of their body which is the side of the ovary where the egg to be fertilized is released. 

     This pain is also called Mittelschmerz (a German word) meaning middle pain.

5.    Changes in cervix position – the cervix is an important organ in the female reproductive system as it is tagged with your uterus and vagina. 

    It also stands in between the sperm and your uterus because it has to open before the sperm can get to the egg during the ovulation period.

 Without the opening of the cervix, your egg cannot be reached by the sperm but aside from when you are fertile, the cervix remains closed at every other time. 

You can know your ovulation period by knowing the when changes that occur in your cervix and this is analyzed below

Before ovulation, your cervix tends to feel hard, dry, closed and lower in the vagina. During the ovulation period when you are fertile your cervix will feel softer, open, wet and higher but after this period it returns to its previous state that is being hard.

6.    Slight spotting – during the ovulation period some women tend to experience slight spotting on their panties due to a drop of estrogen which makes the uterus lining (endometrium) to reduce causing a slight spotting also called ovulation bleeding.

7.    The increase in basal body temperature - your basal body temperature (BBT) is the lowest body temperature experienced when the body is put to rest especially in the sleeping mode. 

    After the ovulation period, your BBT will rise and remain like that until the end of your period due to the high secretion of progesterone in your body which ranges from 0.5 degrees F to 1.0 degrees F.

 It is a natural fertility signal that can be determined using a digital thermometer that can measure up to one tenth of a degree. 

This can be achieved by dipping the tip of the thermometer under your tongue allowing it to reach the back of your tongue where the tongue meets at the bottom of your mouth, after long period of time you remove this instrument and jot down the result each morning starting from the first day of your period every morning at a particular time.

 It is best done by setting an alarm of this particular time for the period of this test and should be taken while still laying on the bed as body movements increase your temperature naturally. 

When carrying out this test you will notice a slight change in your temperature which happens one or two days after your ovulation period and it gets higher till the end of your cycle.  

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8.    Cervical mucus – this is a normal and natural fluid produced by glands in your cervix released into the vagina which can be used to detect your ovulation period. 

   It stands as a barrier and a means of transportation for the sperm during your cycle and it changes due to the body hormones.

9.    Abdominal bloating – this symptom is happening due to the increase in the hormone estrogen causing high water retention resulting in abdominal bloating during the ovulation period.

10.Luteinizing hormone (LH) in urine – this sign can only be observed using an ovulation prediction kit. It is an easier method most women use to determine their ovulation period which happens 24 – 36 hours before ovulation. 

   When this hormone is released also known as LH surge it makes the egg to burst through the ovary wall within 24 – 36 hours before it gets to the fallopian tube where it will be fertilized.

    This can be tested in your urine so as not to miss the surge, this test is to be carried out every day at a particular time for consistency, but some women tend to carry it out first thing in the morning but you need to follow the instructions on your kit as the manufacturer recommends for best results. 

    To get the first positive result, you must be consistent so as to know when you will be ovulating but late or inconsistent test may not be able to tell whether you have or have not ovulated.

11.Breast tenderness – this happens due to the hormones in your body which make your body prepare for ovulation and pregnancy but in most women, it differs as it happens before or after the ovulation period.

12.Heightened senses – during your ovulation period your hormone levels can affect your sense of taste, vision or smell which a way to detect this period.

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