Most of young women are unaware of the signs and symptoms of ovulation; knowing the period of ovulation is essential to time intercourse for couples who are planning their child. Many of top gynaecologist suggest that, It is equally essential for couple who think they are not planning their child, to prevent intercourse during this time and prevent unwanted pregnancy. While each woman may have slightly different ways of showing ovulation symptoms, there are some general signs and symptoms based on the way most women’s bodies react to hormonal changes.
The good part is the signs and symptoms of ovulation is that, it will surely help you identify when you are going to ovulate. Once you learn to notice these symptoms, you can keep a check on the most important 48 hours and plan your sexual activities accordingly.
Signs and Symptoms of Ovulation:
- The Texture of Cervical Mucus Changes: There will be change in the quantity and consistency of cervical mucus all along your menstrual cycle but it is during this phase that the mucus secretion increases in quantity. It also changes its appearance from white watery to being creamy, thick and stretchy: You can observe that you can stretch this latter type between two fingers for greater distances before it breaks. This indicates the preparation of the body to be sperm-friendly, since this consistency facilitates the sperm to swim up and through your cervix where they have a chance of fertilising the egg.
- Your Cervix Softens: Your cervix becomes softer, higher, open and wet (SHOW) during the time you are about to ovulate. However, these changes will not manifest externally and would be the most difficult change to observe. However, you can do that by using a clean finger to probe internally till you reach the tip of the cervix, which would feel like small rounded cone.
- Increased in Sexual Desire: Increase in libido is subject to many internal and external factors from hormonal changes to leading a stress free life and catching up with your sleep. However, the increase in sexual desire that happens during the time when the body is ready to ovulate usually doesn’t get much affected by these factors: your horniness has a reason and it is nature’s way of indicating that your body is ready to have intercourse and produce off springs.
- Breast Tenderness and Nausea: These are quite noticeable symptoms and indicate changes in the hormonal activity in the body. These fluctuations can cause breasts to become tender and some women notice they are more prone to headaches or a slight nauseous feeling during this time in their cycle.
- Cramps: While cramps during periods are routine, having cramps mid cycle indicate that the body is again undergoing some transformation, most likely ovulating and should not be ignored.
- Slight Spotting: Rarely but here are chances of slight spotting which happens due to shedding of the endometrial lining caused as a result of decrease in estrogen.