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Because ovulation, and more precisely knowing when you ovulate, is such a key part of increasing your chances of getting pregnant, learning how to recognize the symptoms of ovulation pays off. Almost every woman has physical ovulation symptoms, although they may not be aware of them if they do not know what they are looking for. Pain and abdominal pressure during ovulation is one of these small but obvious ways many women can use to tell when they are fertile. During ovulation, one egg is released on one ovary (on one side of the abdomen). Because of this, women who experience what is sometimes described as ovulation pain notice the sensation of slight pressure or pain on either the right or left side of their lower abdomen.

According to medical estimates, around one fifth of all women of reproductive age can feel their ovulation. For some of these, the feeling is prominent and hard to ignore. Others only have a slight sensation, and can only feel their ovulation if they play close attention. Sometimes, tracking your cycle through means like an ovulation calendar or charting to conceive using basal body temperature can fill in the missing pieces of the puzzle and inform you that the pain and abdominal pressure you are feeling are actually caused by an egg being released from your ovary.

Ovulation pain is not normally a cause for concern, and does not indicate a medical problem. To the contrary, pain and abdominal pressure during ovulation are a useful tool to let you know when you should be having intercourse, if you are trying to get pregnant. And for those who do not have any ovulation pain or pressure, there may be other symptoms. Egg white and runny cervical mucus, a slightly bloated abdomen, and tender breasts (which many women also experience during their period) are among them.

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