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If you’re trying to get pregnant – or not, you’ll want to know when you’re ovulating. Ovulation is that time in a woman’s cycle when she is most fertile and therefore can be a great time to try and get pregnant. Your body will give you numerous signs of ovulation to look out for to let you know your fertile days are here.
What is ovulation?
Every month, your body releases a mature egg from one of the ovaries in a process known as ovulation. This usually occurs on the 14th day of a woman’s cycle and is when she is most fertile.
Signs and symptoms of ovulation
- Breast tenderness
- Ovulation pain
- High sex drive
- Basal body temperature
- Sensitivity to smells
- Light spotting
One of the best ways to track your ovulation is by fertile discharge also known as cervical mucus. When you’re close to your ovulation date, your discharge becomes clearer and thinner with a consistency similar to egg whites.
Ovulation pain comes in many forms, one of which is tenderness in the breasts. After the hormones are released during ovulation, your breasts become tender and are an indication that ovulation is over.
Because your ovaries are releasing an egg, many people tend to feel ovulation pain in the form of cramps or stomach pains. It can last anywhere between a few minutes to a couple of days.
High sex drive
If you’re trying to get pregnant, you’ll be happy to know that during your ovulation days your sex drive will increase as your body is aware of its high fertility rate.
Basal body temperature
While this ovulating symptom requires you to take your temperature every day at the same time when you wake up, it will help you keep track of your ovulation. During ovulation, your basal body temperature will take a dip all of a sudden and then spike up.
Sensitivity to smells
During ovulation, your body will be attracted to the male pheromone androstenone which requires you to have a higher sense of smell. When you find you’re more affected by odors and can be more distinctive to them, then you’re probably in your ovulation period.
It’s normal to get a brown discharge or light spotting during ovulation. When the follicle that surrounds the egg ruptures, it causes a small amount of bleeding. However, the color of vaginal discharge may differ ranging from red to brown.
Further reading: Pregnancy Sex Positions: Dos and Don’ts