Signs of Ovulation

Changes in Texture of Cervical Mucus

Many women find that their cervical mucus looks and feels different around the time of ovulation. It thickens and becomes stretchy to offer the best environment for the man’s sperm. You may notice this difference on undergarments or when touching the area. Adjustments to mucus are often the first sign of approaching ovulation, so if you are trying to get pregnant it is a good idea to observe this change in your body and act on the signals you receive.

Temperature Change

At or just after ovulation, a female’s body temperature will rise slightly. A typical increase would be one degree Celsius, but it could be just half of a degree. This is not something that you can feel by putting your hand on your forehead. You will need to have a thermometer, and take your temperature at the same time every day. The best time to take it is as soon as you wake up, prior to getting out of bed. The temperature taken at this time, when your body has fully rested, is called basal body temperature, and is the most reliable since the possibility of impact of any external factor that might affect it (stress, exercise, environment and others) is minimized. Write the temperature down every day so that you can easily observe what is happening. Needless to say, almost any illness can impact your body temperature too. When you have a fever your temperature records will not be useful for predicting ovulation.

A Little Ache or Pain

Some women feel slight discomfort or pain in the area of the womb when they ovulate. It might be just a passing sensation or it may last for several hours.

The feeling is often slightly to one side because the ovaries are located at the sides of the womb. Some ladies describe it as being like a mild period cramp. Others experience it more like an ache. Many women do not notice it at all. It is important not to rely on this feeling unless you experience other signs of ovulation. Do not forget that there may be other reasons for a pain in that area of the body, such as cramps in the digestive tract or pains from the appendix or other organs. Nevertheless, for many women who are attempting to have a baby, this feeling remains among the user indications of ovulation.