Top 4 Tips On Detecting Ovulation
For many couples, getting pregnant isn’t as easy as it sounds. Even if both partners are able to have children, it often takes months of frustrating attempts before a pregnancy results. Thankfully, there are some easy steps you can take to increase your chances of becoming pregnant sooner, and one of the easiest is detecting ovulation.
Ovulation is the release of an egg. There is a short window of time after the egg is released, approximately twenty-four hours, during which it can be fertilized. After this time has passed, the egg dies and is passed from the body. Determining when this window will occur can greatly increase your chances of getting pregnant, and it’s very simple to figure out.
Here, we’ll give you some easy steps for detecting ovulation. All you need for most of these methods is a calendar. Keep in mind that every woman’s cycle is different, and it’s not uncommon for couples to try for up to a year before getting pregnant.
1. Temperature changes
Taking your temperature every day and keeping a chart of the results is one of the oldest and most accurate ways to predict and detect ovulation. Your temperature will rise very slightly…approximately one degree or less…after your body releases an egg. Most experts agree that once your temperature rises, it’s actually too late for fertilization. Rises in temperature usually occurs 24 hours or more after the release of an egg. However, keeping track of these temperature changes each month will give you a very clear picture of when you usually ovulate.
2. Cervical mucus
Throughout the month, a woman’s cervical mucus changes in consistency and color. This is another very simple way to detect ovulation. Before and during ovulation, you’ll notice mucus that is clear and very similar to raw egg whites in consistency. You can keep track of this on your temperature calendar to further help you pinpoint ovulation.
3. Counting the days
You’ll want to keep track of your menstrual cycle as well. This information should all be recorded on the same calendar. If you have a typical 28-day cycle, you are likely to ovulate between twelve and sixteen days before your period.
To accurately track this, simply mark the first day of your period on your calendar. Once you’ve kept track for a few months to establish how long your individual cycle is (many women are off the 28-day standard by a few days), you can simply count backward. Twelve to sixteen days before the date of your next period, you are most likely to be ovulating.
4. Ovulation pains
While many women feel nothing at all during ovulation, some (approximately twenty percent) actually feel pain. This pain can range from a barely perceptible twinge to cramps which rival menstrual cramps in their intensity. Although the pain can be intense, it usually does not last very long. One to two hours is considered the maximum normal time for this type of pain, and often it’s gone before you realize it.
Remember that any abdominal pain which is severe or abnormal should be discussed with your doctor, especially if you are trying to become pregnant.