Signs and symptoms

Changes in the mucus pattern and small rise in basal body temperature are the most common symptoms that occur during ovulation.

Ovulation time can be predicted by various signs, which may vary from woman to woman. Some woman can distinctly feel the changes during ovulation while others may not able to discern the changes. Changes in the cervix, cervical mucus pattern and slight rise in basal body temperature are the common signs experienced by most women. Some women may also experience secondary symptoms like ovulation pain, increased sex drive and heightened sense of smell.

Signs and Symptoms of Ovulation: Pain

Common signs of ovulation which helps to predict the time of ovulation are as follows:

  • Changes in the cervical mucus: For a few days after menstruation, the woman does not feel any vaginal discharge. Around the time of ovulation, the mucus discharge becomes clear, slippery and stretches without breaking. This mucus resembles the white of the egg and is present for a day or more. During the later parts of the cycle, the cervical mucus becomes sticky and cloudy.
  • Change in cervical position and firmness: A woman can be taught to appreciate changes in the cervix associated with ovulation. The cervix is the tubular part of the uterus that projects into the vagina. Around the period of ovulation, the cervix becomes soft, wet, open and is positioned slightly high. After ovulation, the cervix will be hard, closed and low.
  • Change in basal body temperature: The basal body temperature is the temperature measured just before the woman gets out of bed in the morning. For most women, due to hormonal changes, a slight rise in basal body temperature is observed during ovulation.

Less common symptoms associated with ovulation are:

Signs and Symptoms of Ovulation: Breast Tenderness
  • Light spotting
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Ovulation pain or mittelschmerz
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Increased sex drive
  • Heightened sense of taste, vision and smell
  • Night sweats and hot flashes
  • Water retention
  • Increased energy levels


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Doris1513 Friday, May 23, 2014

I am 23 years old me and my husband been trying to get pregnant since 3yrs but no luck at all my period stop on 4-29-14 and my cycle its. 32 days when should I been ovulation

agyemang Tuesday, April 8, 2014

I had miscarriages on the 29 jan. 2014 and had my mess on 12 feb. 2014, again march 12 and again 28 march 2014 help me check my next mess.

GLORIAUCHE Monday, December 9, 2013

I just finished my period which started on the 2nd of dDecember 2013 and ended on the 7th of December 2013. When is my ovulation and most fertile days to get pregnant?

Lethu Thursday, October 31, 2013

Last month I calculat my sycle day and I have unprotected sex 4 days from my ovulation day but I did'nt conceive so what am I suppose to do now coz my boy friend stay far

Shantel15 Monday, June 10, 2013

Had my ovulation date on d 7th and I had sex,how long should I wait before I ve a pregnacy test?

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