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When Do I Ovulate: How To Tell When You Are Ovulating

Updated on May 19, 2015

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Signs and Symptoms of Ovulation

Knowing when you ovulation can both help a woman to prevent pregnancy as well as to conceive a pregnancy. Here are some ways that you will know that you are ovulating.

On average a woman will ovulate on day 14 of their cycle. This means that the woman would ovulate 14 days after the first day of their last menstrual cycle. However, this is not true for every woman. As some women may ovulate early, later, or even more than once a cycle.

Sings and Symptoms of Ovulation

  • Mid Cycle Cramping. Many women experience cramping during or just before their menstrual periods. A few women will also experience some cramping during the middle of their cycle. These cramps may be more noticeable on one side of the abdomen compared to the other side. These cramps will usually only last a few hours to a few days. This is often due to ovulation. And the cramps are due to the ovaries releasing an egg.
  • Change in Cervical Mucus. If you are aware of the changes to your cervical mucus throughout your cycle. You would have noticed that at some point in your cycle your cervical mucus will become thin, clear and sticky. About the consistency of egg whites. This is the ideal type of cervical mucus to help sperm reach the egg.
  • Change In Cervix Position. Shortly after menstruation the cervix is low. The cervix can be felt closer to the vaginal opening. It will also feel hard and closed. As ovulation approaches the cervix will move up closer to the uterus. It will also feel softer and open slightly to allow the sperm to enter the uterus.
  • Increase in Basal Temperature. During a woman's first half of her cycle her temperature will be slightly lower than the second half of her cycle. This is due to the increase of progesterone during the second half of her cycle. For best results check your temperature every morning before even getting out of bed. Keep a thermometer at the bedside. When ovulation is about to occur a woman's basal temperature will increase a few tenths of a degree and stay elevated for the rest of the cycle.
  • Mid Cycle Tender Breasts. Some women will experience tender breasts near the middle of her cycle. This is due to the increase in progesterone. And may mean that she is ovulating.
  • Mid Cycle Bleeding. Not all women experience mid cycle bleeding. However some will experience spotting near the middle of her cycle. This is because once an egg is released from the ovary it actually ruptures from the follicle and may cause some spotting.
  • Urine Ovulation Test Kits. Ovulation test kits can be purchased to help pinpoint when ovulation is occurring. For accurate results the directions that come with the kit must be followed. These test strips will detect a surge in LH (luteinising hormone) in the woman's urine. A couple days before ovulation the LH will increase by two to five times the normal amount.
  • Increased Sex Drive. This is natures way of letting us know that ovulation is near or happening. Many women experience an increase in their sex drive around ovulation time.

Ovulation Symptom
Mensuration Symptom
Mid Cramping
End of Cycle Cramping
Mid Cycle Egg White Cervical Mucus
End of Cycle Egg White Cervical Mucus
Cervix High and Soft
Cervix Low and Firm
Sudden Increase in Temperature
Sudden Decrease in Temperature
Mid Cycle Tender Breasts
End of Cycle Tender Breasts
Mid Cycle Spotting
End of Cycle Spotting
Positive Ovulation Test


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