Signs And Symptoms Of Ovulation | Post Ovulation Symptoms
Recently Updated On: June 15th, 2018
It is not too difficult to know when you are ovulating. Read below to find out the signs of ovulation:
- Cervical Mucus: As you move towards your ovulation time, the cervical mucus becomes clearer. The mucus is egg-like white and this is known as the fertile cervical mucus. On the contrary, when you are not in the ovulation stage, the cervical mucus is stickier. This is one of the most important ovulation symptoms.
- Basal Body Temperature: In the beginning of the menstrual cycle, the basal body temperature of women remains same throughout, that is to say, it remains consistent. But as it nears the ovulation cycle the temperature falls a bit and then increases sharply indicating that the ovulation has started.
- Changes In Cervix: During the ovulation phase, a woman’s cervix becomes wet and soft. The cervix opens up a little. Also, before ovulation, the cervix moves up. All these changes in the cervix are the symptoms of ovulation.
- Increased Sexual Desire: There is an increase the sexual desire. This is the nature’s way of telling that this is the right time for the intercourse so that the sperm can meet the matured egg and fertilize or can say these are the most fertile days.
- Breast Tenderness: This is another sign of ovulation. The hormones enter into the body before ovulation and so the breasts become sore and tender.
- Ovulation Pain: another ovulation symptom is the mild pain in the lower abdomen or pelvic area that women feel. This does not necessarily happens in all women but often in the middle of the menstrual cycle, before the ovulation takes place, the mild sensation of pain happens.
Post Ovulation Symptoms:
Often, these symptoms are not typically noticeable but women experience them after ovulation.
The post ovulation symptoms are as follows:
- Post ovulation, there is often a feeling of ache or pain in the back or the lower abdomen.
- The breasts are sore and tender post ovulation. They become very sensitive post ovulation.
- In some cases, women also experience nausea after ovulation. While it may not be too long lasting, but often a feeling nausea comes after ovulating.
- Post ovulation, women also feel dull cramps or pressure in the abdomen.
- Women end up feeling tired or exhausted post ovulation. There is a feeling of weariness for no reason.
- Gas builds up after ovulation. This is also a post ovulation symptom.
Ovulation Symptoms Trying Conceive:
You’ve been trying to conceive since a long time now but that has only gone in vain. In that case you need to be acquainted with the ovulation symptoms before trying to conceive.
This will not only ensure planned pregnancy but will reduce the stress of making no-gain efforts.
The ovulation symptoms when trying to conceive are:
- There will be a slight vaginal spotting as the ovulation symptoms when trying to conceive.
- The resting pulse rate increases before the ovulation. Therefore this could be a good sign to know that trying to conceive at this time shall be fruitful.
- Before the ovulation, the cervical fluid or the cervical mucus is like egg white so much so that you should be able to stretch it for an inch or more. This is a fertile liquid that assists the sperm to travel up to the fallopian tubes to get fertilized with the eggs.
- Before ovulation the woman’s sense of smell or taste increases. This is a sign of ovulation and this helps you better in knowing that you are ovulating so that you can prepare to conceive.
- There is also a slight abdominal bloating before ovulation due to the water retention caused by increase in estrogen levels.
So when you are trying to conceive the above signs can assist you in better planning.
Signs Of Ovulation Discharge:
Ovulation discharge or the cervical mucus as it is called is very important to track and notice since it can easily let you know when you are most fertile and when is it the right time to make a baby.
For that purpose the ovulation discharge varies throughout the menstrual cycle. Let’s look at signs of ovulation discharge.
- 1 or 3 days after the periods end, the cervical mucus is absolutely dry and this is because it is the infertile period.
- 4 to 6 days after periods, the ovulation discharge is white and sticky. Even this phase is not fertile.
- 7 to 10 days after periods, the discharge is creamy and lots in quantity. It is also thick in consistency. This phase is known as the semi-fertile phase.
- 10 to 14 days after period, the mucus or the ovulation discharge is slippery and like egg white. It stretches up to 1 inch when stretched by a finger and a thumb. This is a fertile liquid, the fertile mucus that is good to get pregnant.
Signs Ovulation Is Over:
The signs that your ovulation is over are:
- The cervical fluid changes from watery to a fluid that has a thick lotion like consistency.
- You start feeling exhausted and tiring after your ovulation is over.
- Your basal body temperature gets back to how it was.
- In some cases, you also tend to feel nausea and urge to vomit.
These all sign clearly tell that your ovulation is over.
Ovulation Cramps Vs Implantation Cramps:
Sometimes it becomes extremely difficult to distinguish between the ovulation cramps and implantation cramps.
Implantation is the process wherein the fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterine lining.
There is a difference between the two types of pain. Here is ovulation cramps vs implantation cramps.
Implantation Cramping: 3-12 days after ovulation, if the egg is fertilized, the egg implants itself to the uterine lining and this is when implantation occurs thereby causing implantation cramping.
Not every woman who conceives goes through implantation cramping. The cramping can vary from mild to severe and it occurs before the menstrual pain happens.
Ovulation Cramping: 2 weeks before the periods start, the ovulation cramping starts in the lower abdomen. The pain happens in the area of the ovary that releases eggs. These are usually mild cramps.
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