For most women, it is important to know when they are ovulating so that they can schedule the time to have sex to best maximise the couples chance of conceiving . If she wants to have a baby, then this is the right time but if she does not want to get pregnant then this is the time when she and her partner should not have sex or use protection to prevent the sperm from fertilizing the egg.
How do know if you are ovulating? Some women may find it easy to know this period by just tuning in to the changes in their bodies. But for some, it might be difficult and they may not know which particular signs to watch out for. Here are some tips to knowing when you are ovulating:
Increased Production of Cervical Mucus:
Cervical mucus is the egg white colored, slippery discharge that you see in your underwear. When you are ovulating, you will see an increased amount of secretions and it becomes clear, slippery, and stretchy. The most reliable way to collect you cervical mucus is through inserting a finger into your vagina. In order to collect the cervical mucus, circle the finger around the cervix. Once you have collected the mucus, check the consistency by stretching it between your thumb and index finger. If it can stretch for more than one to two centimeters before it breaks, then you are ovulating.
Position of the cervix
During ovulation, your cervix might be higher, more open and softer to touch.
Increase in Sexual Arousal:
During ovulation period, you might get easily aroused more so than usual. This is because it’s your body’s way of ensuring reproduction. You labia may become a little swollen and more sensitive as well.
The above mentioned signs are 100% free diagnostic ways of assessing ovulation but they might not be 100% accurate. Some factors such as medications and stress can also affect your body. Practice is also important and some people may not like the idea of having to stick their finger in their vagina every morning to predict ovulation.
Positive Ovulation Predictor Test Result
Ovulation Predictor Kits look like Pregnancy Test Kits. Similarly, you also have a test stick that you dip in your urine or place in your urine stream. These kits work by detecting the LH hormone levels in your urine. When your day of ovulation comes nearer, your LH hormone level increases and this is called the LH surge. After 36 hours of your LH surge, ovulation happens. These kits usually come in sets of five or ten tests. You should begin using the test about 2 days before your expected ovulation but if you do not know when, there are Ovulation calendars that are available as cell phone app and can also be found on the Internet. A positive results means you have an increased possibility of getting pregnant. If you are using a five test kit, you will be able to have an 80% accuracy of predicting your ovulation time and if you are using a 10 test kit, then you will have a 95% of predicting your ovulation.
*** The information contained here is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment in any manner. Always seek the advice of your doctor with any questions you may have regarding any medical condition.