Recently, ovulationcalendar set out to find out what women do not know about ovulation. The results were astounding. They found that a staggering 69% of women are completely unaware of their natural fertility signs. I hope that my clients do not suffer with this issue, however, here is some additional support for you.
If you’re trying to conceive, understanding ovulation is important. During the days leading up to ovulation and on the day of ovulation, you are fertile, but you are not fertile at any other time during your cycle.
When do you ovulate?
Although most women ovulate approximately 14-17 days before their next period, cycles vary dependant on the length of your cycle and in particular, the length of your follicular phase. This is why it helps to know the signs and work with ovulation timing. The first part of your cycle is called the follicular phase. It is when your body gets ready to release a mature egg. The luteal phase starts after ovulation and ends right before your next period. If you have a short cycle, the follicular phase will be shorter. If you have a longer cycle, you’ll have a longer follicular phase. Either way, the luteal phase remains fairly consistent, being 12 to 16 days for most women.
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Ovulation Timing and its Symptoms
There are 12 symptoms of ovulation that you can look out for. But remember, ovulation timing is not the same for each of us. Most women experience and can identify cervical mucus changes that occur during the cycle, I suggest you download Creation Fertility Guide To Ovulation and Conception but here is some more information.
Dry – If you do not have any cervical mucus, you are probably in the time right after your period. At this point, cervical mucus will either be absent or dry and flaky.
Sticky – When cervical mucus is sticky, this means your hormones are rising and your body is getting ready to ovulate.
Creamy – Creamy cervical mucus indicates that your body is entering the fertile period. Rising hormones cause the mucus to change texture.
Egg-white – When your cervical mucus resembles the texture and consistency of raw egg white, you are about to ovulate. You should be able to stretch it by as much as an inch between your thumb and index finger.
Watery – After ovulation, cervical mucus will become thin and watery before drying up again.
Another way to determine whether you are ovulating is to check the position of your cervix.
Firm, Low, Closed and Dry – When your cervix feels about as hard as the tip of your nose, sits lower in your vagina, is closed and feels dry, you are not fertile. This may also be the time that your cervical mucus is dry. Your cervix may feel this way before and after ovulation.
Soft, High, Open and Wet (SHOW) – When the cervix is about the softness of your lips, high, open and cervical mucus is present, you are in your fertile phase.
You may also track your basal body temperature (BBT) to help determine when you ovulate. BBT is your lowest temperature, attained during sleep. You can track your BBT with an accurate thermometer by recording it as soon as you wake each morning. Charting your BBT allows you to see your BBT pattern. In a typical pattern, BBT rises after ovulation and remains elevated through the end of the cycle. If you are interested in this approach then I recommend a rather magnificent but pricey monitor called the Dayse Monitor which is a remarkable fertility and contraceptive device. (I met the company at the London Health Show 2016 where I was facilitating a Conscious Conception Talk)
Some women experience and can identify other symptoms of ovulation that include:
- Increased sex drive
- Painful ovulation (pain on one side in the lower abdomen area)
- Heightened senses
- Breast tenderness
- Moon/Lunar synchronicities. Please see my blog Fertility and the Moon for more information on this.
There are a number of ways to support monitoring ovulation – you can use digital and on-line monitors and OTC Ovulation kits and include nutritional therapy and complementary therapies such as fertility reflexology . The Creation Fertility Toolkit has also been developed to support your whole fertility journey which you can purchase here. If you have a fertility issue I strongly recommend seeing a Fertility Professional such as myself.
Author Bio – Phil Druce launched OvulationCalendar.com after a personal family battle to get pregnant, Ovulation Calendar aims to provide the necessary tools and educational resources for those couples hoping to achieve a safe and healthy pregnancy.
Justine Evans ND – Fertility Expert and Hormone Alchemist and Founder of Creation Fertility and it’s products. Justine offers a multi dimensional approach to fertility blending Nutritional Therapy with alchemy and yogic philosophy. Call 07747 133170 to book an appointment with her now