Ovulation Signs 6 Ways To Detect Your Most Fertile Time






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When you are trying to get pregnant, knowing when you are ovulating is one of the most important steps. If you know when you are ovulating, you know when your fertile times are, and you know when to time sex for getting pregnant. Read on for seven ways to track your ovulation.

1. Ovulation Predictor Kits

Ovulation predictor kits, or OPKs, are available over the counter and are inexpensive ways for women to find out when (and if) they are ovulating. These tests are similar to home pregnancy tests in that they involve using urine and a test strip. The ovulation predictor kit will give a color coded guide to use. Once the test strip matches up to the color on the guide, it means you are ovulating. Women should test once or twice daily to make sure they don’t miss the LH surge that indicates ovulation.


2. Basal Body Temperature

Using a special basal body thermometer, women can take their temperature each day before getting out of bed, and chart the results. Over time, it will become clear that there is a small spike in temperature right before ovulation, and this will indicate the most fertile times. It usually takes about two to three months to see a pattern when you are charting basal body temperature.

Fertility chart. Naprotechnology.

3. Cervical Mucus

Many women learn to track their ovulation by paying attention to their cervical mucus. The natural secretions from the vagina are cervical mucus. During fertile times, cervical mucus will be clear, wet, and stretchy, and have a texture similar to egg whites. During other times of the month, cervical mucus will be thick, sticky and tacky and may have a white or yellowish color.


4. Body Signs

Some women are able to pay attention to their body’s natural clues to determine their most fertile times. Some women notice a small amount of pain in the lower abdomen around ovulation time, usually only on one side depending on which side the egg is being released from. Some women also notice breast pain, tenderness or a small amount of nausea.


5. Cervical Position

Some women find it helpful to check their cervical position to know when you are ovulating. At ovulation time, the cervix will be soft, and feel like the lips. It is also found high up in the body, and will be open and wet. At non fertile times, the cervix will be dry, feel firm like the skin of your nose, and be down low and closed.


6. Ovulation Software And Apps

There are many different ovulation software programs and smartphone apps out there that can help to track ovulation. You simply enter the first day of your menstrual period, and then the app or program does the rest of the work to tell you when you are expected to be the most fertile. These apps are very affordable and are helpful to many women.


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Valerie Wisniewski, RN

Ms. Wisniewski has over 15 years experience as a labor and delivery nurse, having also worked previously as a nurse midwife in the Philippines and India. She enjoys empowering women and providing family centered care to women from all cultural and educational backgrounds.