So how the heck can I tell if I’m ovulating?
I am sure that many of you are google experts, especially when it comes to finding out signs and symptoms of fertility peaks. I have listened to and advised so many ladies in my clinics and I still maintain it comes down to two things. Firstly it is great to know your own body and not just rely on text books that tell you about ovulating, and secondly it doesn’t really matter if you have enough sex! I appreciate alternate day sex from day 8 to day 20 isn’t always possible in our hectic schedules but it is one way of ensuring you haven’t missed the boat.
Ovulating signs that you can look for without charting your temperature or doing ovulations tests are easy to spot and really helpful as well as being reassuring.
1) Cervical mucous – yes I know, a bit yuck but you will hear people talk about the changes in vaginal discharge on the approach to ovulation. For example egg white cervical mucous or EWCM is commonly found as you start to get ready to welcome the sperm on board. It is clear and stretchy and can happen anytime from one to five days prior to ovulation. Sometimes you can just notice it is a bit more watery than usual as opposed to thick / creamy. So don’t panic if you don’t seem to have EWCM, maybe yours is just more clear and watery. That is absolutely fine.
2) You may naturally feel your libido increase as the nature’s way of making the chances of conception increase.
3) Some women get a short stabby type ache mid cycle which is ovulation, but it is not that common for you to be able to feel it so don’t worry if you don’t.
4) Some clever and keen ladies are able to check the position of their cervix to establish their cycle time. If you are so inclined to have a go at this impressive and remarkable feat then here is a link to some instructions. http://infertility.about.com/od/tryingtoconceive101/ht/cervixovulation.htm
5) Mid cycle, around ovulation we tend to feel at our best. Calm, contented and generally well. The moodiness / clumsiness / scatty type feelings tend to start when we are approaching our period.
Just remember always that your date for ovulating may change depending on your cycle length but the amount of days from ovulation to period (luteal phase) is always the same. You can ovulate any time from around day 10 to day 20 if you have a cycle between 26 to 30ish days. As long as the luteal phase is ten to fourteen days long then that is all that matters. Never beat yourself up if you don’t ovulate on day 14. Lots of people don’t.