From the first menstruation, every woman normally ovulates once a month. Ovulation occurs when the ovaries release the eggs to the fallopian tubes so that they can be fertilized. Therefore, during ovulation, the woman is the most fertile. For every woman it is very important to know when she ovulates either because she wants to stay pregnant or because she wants to avoid conceiving pregnancy.
It is regarded that a normal menstrual cycle lasts 28 days and that the ovaries release the eggs on the 14th day. However, not all woman have regular menstrual cycle and therefore, for, them, it is very important to recognize several physical signs of ovulation. Regardless of the duration of the menstrual cycle, ovulation always occurs two weeks prior to menstruation.
Signs of ovulation
Certain changes in the mucus of the cervix are among the most common signs of ovulation. The cervical mucus after a menstruation is usually scanty, but when the ovulation starts, it becomes sticky and moist and tends to further becomes stretchy. The amount of the cervical mucus increases during the ovulation and it looks like the egg whites. It is stretchy, thin and clear, but when the ovulation ends, it becomes slightly scanty.
It is estimated that the body basal temperature in a woman during ovulation tend to increase slightly for about 0.2 °C. This rise in the body basal temperature occurs a day or two days after the menstruation, and it lasts until the next menstruation. Although the regular thermometer can be used for measuring the body basal temperature, there is special basal body temperature thermometer that is better for this purpose. The measuring should be done each morning before getting up.
Ovulation is the period when the cervix changes its texture and position, as well as its mucus. The cervix becomes somewhat soft and moist during ovulation and its opening becomes slightly wider, which can be felt by inserting the finger into the vagina. Ovulation can also be predicted if the woman pays attention to the physical signs such as bloating, pain in one side of the pelvis and ovulation cramps. Furthermore, the breasts become tenderer than before and the sexual drive increases significantly during this period.
Every woman should know that these physical signs are the signs of the ovulation, but the woman should not rely on them only since they can represent the signs of some other health condition as well. It is recommended to follow the physical signs of ovulation along with following the dates and ovulation calendar.