Ovulation – Understanding Ovulation to Get Pregnant

To boost your chances of getting pregnant, it’s helpful to know when you are ovulating. You will then know when you and your partner should have sex.

Ovulation occurs halfway through your cycle. Every womanโ€™s cycle is different, so you need to pay attention to the signs.

There are many ways to know if the time is right.

What Are Ovulation Symptoms?

Here are the signs you may have when your ovary releases an egg:

  • Your basal body temperature drops slightly and then rises again. You can use a special thermometer to check your temperature each morning before getting out of bed. You are ovulating 2 or 3 days before your temperature rises.
  • Your cervical fluid becomes clearer and thinner with a slippery consistency, much the same as an egg white.

You may also notice:

  • Tender breasts
  • Bloating
  • Cramps

But these signs donโ€™t always mean youโ€™re ovulating.

How to Track Ovulation Symptoms

Mark your calendar

Take note of when your period starts and ends and know how long your cycle lasts. Doctors say it’s best to have sex at least every two days, especially during the 5 days before ovulation. They call it a “fertile window.” Your egg only lives only about 12 to 24 hours. But sperm can live for up to 5 days inside your body, so it’s ideal to have them already there waiting for the egg.

Watch for body changes

Your hormone levels rise and fall throughout your menstrual cycle. During the first half, your ovaries release the hormone estrogen. When the estrogen levels are high enough, your body releases an egg. Then your body starts producing progesterone, another hormone. It makes your body temperature rise slightly.

Your hormones also change the texture and the color of your cervical mucus, the sticky fluid that flows from your cervix, the bottom of your uterus. When your body gets ready to ovulate, you have more of it, and it feels more elastic and slippery, like raw egg whites. This texture helps sperm swim inside your body. When your mucus looks like this, you should be in your fertile window.

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