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Ovulation 101: Symptoms, Detection & Fertility

Updated: Jul 16


Feeling out of sorts but hoping to conceive soon? Your body might be sending you signals! This article dives into the world of ovulation symptoms, helping you to identify fertile signs like cervical mucus plug discharge changes (think stretchy!) and even mood swings. We'll explore how tracking these, along with ovulation discharge and timing, can unlock your fertile window and boost your chances of getting pregnant fast.


positive ovulation predictory kit

What is Ovulation?


Ovulation is like a green light for pregnancy. It's the monthly release of a mature egg from your ovary, ready for fertilization.


During this time, your body goes through hormonal shifts, which can sometimes cause ovulation symptoms such as pain or mood swings.


You might also notice changes in cervical mucus plug discharge, becoming clear and stretchy – an ovulation sign that sperm can travel more easily.


Understanding ovulation and its signs is key to optimizing your chances of getting pregnant.




How long can an egg live after ovulation?


An egg typically lives for 12 to 24 hours after ovulation, during which time it is most receptive to fertilization by sperm. Sperm can survive inside a woman's body for up to 5 days. 


Taking these factors into account, the most fertile window for conception is generally considered to be the 5 days leading up to ovulation and the 1 day after ovulation.




How To Detect Ovulation & Its Symptoms


Struggling to pinpoint your fertile window? Questions like "When Do I Ovulate? What Time of Month Am I Most Fertile?" are common.


If you have been trying to conceive with no success, it could just be that you’re missing the ovulation fertile window.


So, let's learn how to detect ovulation accurately—timing is everything! Let's unlock the best methods to pinpoint our fertile days and optimize our chances of conception!



1. Ovulation Predictor Kits 


Ovulation predictor kits are a handy tool, but they're not foolproof. I would strongly suggest you to not rely entirely on these to detect ovulation and its symptoms.


They often aren't very accurate as they only detect an increase in LH sex hormone, but that doesn’t mean ovulation occurs exactly on those days. 


Can an ovulation test detect pregnancy?


While ovulation tests might occasionally show a positive result during early pregnancy due to similar hormones, they are not a reliable way to confirm pregnancy. For accurate results, use a home pregnancy test or consult a doctor.



2. Basal Body Temperature


We believe that the best and most reliable method to detect ovulation is measuring Basal Body Temperature (BBT). This is your vaginal temperature when you wake up.


BBT can empower you to take charge of your woman's health strategy, as it provides valuable insights into hormonal fluctuations throughout the menstrual cycle.


You can get a basal thermometer from a chemist; it is a special thermometer that shows the minute-degree changes that a regular thermometer can not.ƒ


The temperature should be taken first thing in the morning, around the same time, before getting out of bed. 


understanding BBT chart and Ovulation (woman health strategy)

Here's a breakdown of the changes:


  • Rise in Temperature: After ovulation, BBT rises and stays elevated for several days until your next period or a potential implantation (pregnancy).


  • Pre-ovulation BBT: This is typically between 36.1°C (97°F) and 36.4°C (97.5°F).


  • Slight Dip: This is a typical ovulation symptom. Because, just before ovulation occurs, the BBT will typically experience a slight dip from its usual pre-ovulation range. This dip is then followed by a rise in temperature that indicates ovulation has happened.


How many days after your period do you ovulate?


The most fertile day is the day of the spike and a couple of days preceding it. Just be aware that false spikes may occur due to hangovers, stress, illness, and travel, which will all delay ovulation.


Can BBT help to detect Early Ovulation?


Basal Body Temperature (BBT) can be helpful in confirming ovulation has happened, but it's not the best method to specifically detect early ovulation. Because BBT shows a temperature shift ovulation occurs, not before.


Level Up Your Cycle Tracking: Consider an Electronic BBT Thermometer


If you tend to wake up in the middle of the night or are afraid you won't be able to take the temperature at the exact same time every day, try Ovusense. It can be a great tool in a successful women's health strategy.


This is a medical device, an electronic thermometer. Based on your in-cycle data, it can alert you up to 24 hours before you ovulate.


Clinically proven to be correct 96% of the time, this gives you more time to try to get pregnant each cycle.


BBT: Unlocking Insights into Cycle Symptoms


Basal body temperature tracking can be a powerful tool to understand and potentially manage ovulation symptoms, like bloating or cramps.


You could also get a better understanding of the duration of the pre/postovulation period. So you can gain a clearer idea of what's going on and whether you have a progesterone deficiency.


This is very important as low progesterone level may obstacle your chances of getting pregnant.


Progesterone is a female hormone that is essential for conception. It is also key in balancing estrogen-dominant conditions, such as PCOS, Endometriosis and Fibroids.


When progesterone levels are low, you may experience menses symptoms such as spotting pre & post-cycle. You may also have more difficulty maintaining a pregnancy as the fertilised egg will struggle to implant in the uterus.


If you experience spotting, no worries. There are remedies you can try to improve it. But it is very important that you become aware of it first.


Fertility Acupuncture may effectively help you to restore hormonal balance and maintain progesterone levels.







3. Fertility Symptoms: Unveiling Ovulation with Cervical Mucus 


The cervical mucus is a natural family planning technique. It allows you to identify your fertile window based on changes in your cervical mucus consistency, texture, and amount.


What is Cervical Mucus?


Cervical mucus is a fluid produced by your cervix that changes throughout your menstrual cycle due to hormonal fluctuations. These changes create a more or less favourable environment for sperm to travel and reach an egg for potential fertilization.



Usually, straight after menstruation, the mucus is scant, sticky and thick, impenetrable to sperm.


As ovulation approaches, the cervical mucus plug discharge becomes more clear and slippery.


During ovulation, you might experience some unique symptoms like mild cramping on one side of your abdomen, increased cervical mucus with a slippery, egg-white consistency, and even breast tenderness.


In fact, as seen in the picture above, fertile ovulation discharge has the consistency of a raw egg. It should stretch between your fingers which indicates ovulation is about to occur.


The most fertile day is the last day of egg white cervical mucus when it is very watery and stretchy. Make sure to have intercourse prior to and during this day... & good luck! 




Ovulation & Its Symptoms: Key Takeaways & Extra Tips


Now that you understand how to detect ovulation, put this knowledge into action! Start tracking your BBT and cervical mucus plug discharge changes.


This will empower you to take charge of your fertility journey and optimize your chances of conception.


But wait, there's more! Understanding your cycle is a powerful tool, but it is just the first step.


Here's how you can supercharge your fertility journey:


  • Fuel your body for success: Consider incorporating fertility-boosting foods rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and healthy fats into your diet. 


  • Embrace healthy habits: Regular exercise, getting enough sleep, and managing stress levels can all easy to follow fertility care tips contributing to a healthy reproductive system.



With this newfound knowledge, you can approach conception with confidence and optimism.


Best of luck on your journey!

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