Trying to get pregnant but getting nowhere? Tired of trying to find the right time to do it with no luck so far? What you’ve got to do is make sure you’re trying to conceive during the time approaching ovulation. Ovulation is the release of the ovum/egg from the ovary. It occurs just before the phase in which the egg is available to be fertilized by sperm. By having sex during the period just before ovulation, it increases the chances of the egg getting fertilized as it in time with the release of the egg.
Remember that sperm can live in the reproductive tract of the women for around 5 days which means fertilization can occur in the days following intercourse. Ovulation generally occurs around 12-16 days before your next expected period. However, the body is not a mechanical clock, which means that there are high chances of discrepancies in these time frames. So how do I tell when I’m ovulating? There are many signs that you can look out for in this time frame that will help you know whether or not you’re ovulating.
1. Cooler Than Me
When you’re getting closer to ovulation, your basal body temperature drops. It reaches its lowest at the point when ovulation occurs, and then immediately after it occurs, your BBT rises. BBT rises because of secretion of progesterone. You can check your BBT using a special thermometer (basal body thermometer).
2. Love Hurts
Many women tend to feel a slight pain in the lower abdominal region just before ovulation. This is often sudden and may last for a short duration or be constant during ovulation. It has been termed Mittleschmerz which is a German word which translates to “mid pain” in English. Mild pain is normal during ovulation.
3. Down at the Doctors
You could get an ovulation predictor kit or go to the doctor for a check. What this kit does is it measures the level of luteinizing hormone in your body (through the urine). Higher levels of LH trigger ovulation do if you find that the LH levels in your body are high, you could safely predict that you’re either ovulating, or you will be within 24 hours.
4. I Asked for Water
The cervical mucus changes in consistency prior to ovulation. It resembles raw egg white as opposed to a thick, cloudy appearance. This occurs due to changes in hormone levels. The slippery, watery mucus helps the sperm make its way to the egg.
5. Try a Little Tenderness
Many women complain that their breasts feel sore and tender with increased nipple sensitivity. This also occurs due to the excess of hormones in and around the time of ovulation.
6. I’ll Make Love to You
You’ll tend to experience a heightened sex drive or increased libido energy. So if you’re feeling some extra love for your better half, maybe that’s exactly what you need.
7. Gotta Have Tenderness
During ovulation, the cervix also changes in order to aid fertilization. It moves higher and becomes more open and soft.
8. Smell the Roses
Many women have also stated that their noses become sharper when ovulating. This occurs because your body is prepared to be attracted to male pheromones.
These are a few signs to help you know when the right time is approaching for you to try to conceive. It’s best to track your cycle to know the approximate time that your body will go through ovulation.