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The Signs and Symptoms of Ovulation

Posted Saturday, February 28, 2009 9:51 PM

Signs of OvulationDuring your menstrual cycle an egg is produced inside one of your ovaries. The menstrual cycle lasts approximately 28 days. Around day 14 ovulation occurs when the egg is released into the fallopian tubes. This egg is able to survive anywhere from 12 to 48 hours. During this time it can be fertilized. It is during the days ovulation is occurring that you are the most fertile.

There are many ways to determine when ovulation is going to occur. There are signs the body gives out when a woman is ovulating. By keeping a calendar or journal you can determine the ovulation cycle of your body.

One of the most natural methods to determine ovulation is by simply counting the days of your menstrual cycle. It is widely accepted that on the first day of your cycle, or when you start your menstrual period, you were ovulating 14 days prior to this. The basic concept for counting the days of ovulation cycles is very easy to learn. You must first determine the number of days in your menstrual cycle. From the first day of your menstrual period to the first day of your next menstrual period is considered your menstrual cycle. You can chart ovulation by determining how many days between periods and count back. For example if there are 28 days in your menstrual cycle that you would subtract 14 from 28. This means that you would be ovulating on day 14 of your menstrual cycle. If your menstrual cycle is 30 days long that you would reach maximum ovulation onto a 16.

The downside to counting the days is there are some women who can actually skip a menstrual period or have inconsistencies in their menstruation cycle. In order to determine ovulation times for these women it may be best to chart the body's temperature. The body's temperature rises after ovulation. Once you have tracked this elevation in temperature for a few months, you will begin to see a pattern. You'll notice a fertile window during ovulation which could allow you to conceive from having intercourse.

You will notice that during the course of the month the cervical fluids which are discharged will change. This is due to ovulation. At the beginning of your cycle you may not notice any type of fluids. As your menstruation cycle continues the cervical fluid is will become sticky, white, or mucousy. During the time of ovulation these fluids become clear, slippery, and elastic. Once your body is done with the ovulation cycle, the fluids will go back to being sticky and white. It is during the time that the fluids are clear that you are your most fertile. It is at this time ovulation is occurring.

The more you get to know your body and understand the cycles it goes through, the better your chances are of recognizing the symptoms of ovulation. For anyone who is trying to get pregnant this information is an absolute must. By knowing when ovulation occurs you can increase your chances of conceiving.

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