Attempting to have a baby is a delicate and difficult science to perfect. There is no exact formula, but there are several recipes, if you will, to get there. We know the basics. There is a fertile window that every woman has and they must be (for the most part) in this part of their cycle in order for them to get pregnant. Ovulation is the release of an egg from your ovary into your fallopian tube. It happens 13 – 15 days before the start of each period that you have. It can vary from cycle to cycle. We are all different and so are our reproductive systems. According to Extend Fertility, things like age, birth control, endocrine disorders, sleep disruption, and more can all affect fertility.
In some cycles, you may not even be ovulating! Our bodies have to be in near-perfect conditions for everything to go according to plan. So how can we know if we are ovulating so that we can make an attempt to try for a baby? You just have to listen to your body. There may be a few signs that you are in this period of your cycle. We’ve done some research to find out what those exact signs are. Keep reading fr more!
Signs You Are In Your Ovulation Period Right Now
1) The length of your menstrual cycle
The best way to get an accurate prediction of your ovulation is to track it with the timing of your menstrual cycle. It usually occurs 13 – 15 days before your period actually begins. With a tracking app, you may be able to find out your ovulation schedule.
2) Your cervical mucus
Another way to find out if you are ovulating is to track your cervical mucus. According to the National Health Services, you may notice wetter, clearer, and more slippery mucus around the time of ovulation. If you’re feeling a little wetter down there, it may be a sign that it’s time to go for it.
3) Your body temperature
You may notice that during a certain time in the month, you feel a little hotter than usual. This is because, during the time of ovulating, you have a small rise in body temperature. According to the NHS, you may be able to track or detect this by the thermometer.
4) Ovulation predictor kits
Try out a kit that may test your hormone levels around the time of ovulation. Usually, they track the level of hormones in your pee and tell you whether or not you should try for a baby. These are some of our favorite ways to see if we are pregnant.
5) Breast tenderness, bloating, mild tummy pain
According to the NHS, you can also experience symptoms like breast tenderness, bloating, and mild stomach pain when you are ovulating. These are usually not a reliable method of figuring out whether or not you are ovulating but sometimes are a good indicator. We still recommend any of the steps above for figuring out when to try for a baby.