SIGNS OF OVULATION

Ovulation varies from woman to woman and even cycle to cycle. However, the biological
changes that occur during ovulation are fairly consistent for each person. There
are primary symptoms that should be experienced by all women and you should be able
to readily spot.

Primary Symptoms of Ovulation: 

  • Change in cervical mucus becoming more slippery 
  • Spike in basal body temperatures 
  •  Change in cervical position or firmness

There are additional signs of ovulation which may not be experienced by all women
and may take some effort in recognizing.

Secondary Symptoms of Ovulation:

  • Light spotting
  • Cramping
  • Pain on one side
  • Bloating
  • Breast tenderness
  • Increased libido
  • Heightened sense of smell, taste or even vision
You may not notice any of these secondary symptoms of your ovulation and that is
OK. If you do notice, then these signs can help you track your ovulation. Some women
are good enough at recognizing their symptoms that they can tell soon enough in advance
of ovulation when to target their sexual encounters for that critical sweet spot in
the fertile window two days before ovulation.
It is important to know that tracking your ovulation is not impossible. In the next
chapter we’ll gain more insight on predicting the critical 6 day fertile window with
more accuracy. For most though, it will just come down to having sex the right amount
of times during the right phase of the month to cover your bases. That, of course, is the
easiest, no-cost, fool-proof way to get pregnant.

TRACKING YOUR OVULATION

Knowing when your ovulation occurs makes it easy for couples to target
when to have sex. However, we found out in the last chapter that tracking your ovulation
based on your last period is problematic. Don’t worry, there are other more reliable ways
to track your ovulation. But, be careful. Tracking ovulation can easily become clinical
and make sex more of a chore if you are not protective of the relationship and only
focused on the job of getting pregnant. It is important to keep the romance and spontaneity
in a relationship.
KEY FACTS
As noted in the last chapter, the egg is available for fertilization for only 12 to 24
hours a cycle. This is a very short time frame! You would think that would make it extremely
difficult in timing intercourse for conception.
Didn’t you say the fertile window was six days not 24 hours? The 12 to 24 hours is just
when the egg is available for conception. Unlike the egg, sperm is available any time.
More importantly, sperm can live inside the uterus for 2, 3 and even up to 5 days. This is
part of the reason the fertile window is 6 days and not 12 to 24 hours.
Additionally, conception is more likely if the sperm is waiting for the egg. Therefore,
It is best to have sperm waiting inside for the egg versus trying to have sex at the point
of ovulation. This leeway gives you much more flexibility than trying to precisely time
ovulation.
So how can we track ovulation? There are two basic approaches to tracking ovulation.
One approach uses a calendar and a guess at when ovulation should occur, or better
yet, when it is possible to get pregnant during a cycle. The other approach measures
physical changes in the body to determine ovulation. The better techniques can actually
pinpoint the important 2 days before ovulation when you have the greatest chance of
conceiving.

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