Top 7 Signs of Ovulation

Dec 01, 2009
Knowing when you are ovulating is very important if you are trying to get pregnant. Nowadays women can use a great range of ovulation detectors and predictors to know when they are most fertile. There are also many ways to get to know your fertile window using body signs of ovulation.

Cervical Mucus Changes

Observing the changes in cervical mucus is considered to be one of the most obvious signs of ovulation. Woman's cycle undergoes a number of fluctuations, which can be seen through cervical mucus. Cervical mucus is vaginal secretion that changes its consistency and appearance throughout the cycle. When you approach ovulation cervical mucus becomes slippery, wetter and stretchy resembling raw egg white so that you are able to stretch it between your fingers. On the days when you are not ovulating, you may notice that cervical mucus can be sticky, white or creamy and not very abundant.

Breast tenderness

In some cases, women experience breast tenderness just before, during or after ovulation. Breast tenderness is caused by the increased production of hormones, preparing your body for a possible pregnancy. Breast tenderness is quite faint sign of ovulation and some women may experience it during premenstrual syndrome rather than ovulation. However, if you notice that your breasts become tender somewhere in the middle of the cycle it may be a clear indicator of your ovulation.

BBT Changes

During your fertile days you may also check for other subtle signs of ovulation like body basal temperature (BBT). You can monitor your body basal temperature, taking temperature measurements in your mouth, vagina or rectum at the same time every morning right after waking up. The increase in temperature by a few tenths of degrees indicates that ovulation has occurred. This method is quite effective in monitoring your ovulation especially if you hve irregular cycle. However, BBT only indicates that ovulation has taken place and does not warn about approaching ovulation.

Increased Libido

Many women feel especially amorous during their most fertile period. Several studies has proved that most women experience increased libido right before and during ovulation. It is known that the heightened sex drive is caused by the increase in estrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels. Scientists believe that increased libido is a nature's way to ensure the best chances for conception.


You may also notice emotional changes throughout your menstrual cycle that indicate your fertile window. Mood swings are not uncommon for many women. As you approach ovulation, you may feel more energetic and emotional around ovulation. Many women also feel the increased desire to be with their partner. Mood swings are also caused by the changes in hormone levels.

Changes in Cervical Position

Like cervical mucus, the cervix position may also become a good sign of ovulation. To check the changes in cervical position you need to insert one or two fingers inside your vagina. During ovulation your cervix becomes higher, softer and a more open so that sperm can easily swim to it. When you are not fertile, your cervix is usually low, easy to reach, harder and is closed.

Abdominal Pain

Some women experience one sided abdominal pain that arises from the ovary, where the egg is released. This is considered to be normal and is a good sign that you are ovulating. The pain is usually mild and does not require medical help. The feeling can last for several hours or even two or three day. Like cervical mucus changes or breast tenderness, abdominal pain is a sign of ovulation.