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26 July 2017

Ovulation Period, Ovulation Symptoms and Signs

Ovulation Period, Ovulation Symptoms and Signs
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Written by Dr. Chitwan Dubey
What is ovulation and how do you check ovulation period and signs of ovulation are some of the questions we always strive to understand when we plan or avoid pregnancy. Here is our guide for all your queries on ovulation, ovulation period or ovulation cycle and ovulation symptoms.

What is ovulation and how do you check ovulation period and signs of ovulation are some of the questions we always strive to understand when we plan or avoid pregnancy. Here is our guide for all your queries on ovulation, ovulation period or ovulation cycle and ovulation symptoms.

Often we experience wondering with the questions about ovulation when we try to understand our reproductive system a little better. At many a times we are caught between shame and hesitation to ask our peers or medical professionals about ovulation and ovulation cycle. However, more you, better it is as understanding when you are ovulating is very crucial if you are planning to have a baby or aborting the plan.

Ovulation, Ovulation period

Ovulation meaning

A woman is born with millions of eggs or ovum in her ovaries when she is born. During her entire reproductive life, these ova are released one by one during each menstrual cycle

Ovulation is a biological process in women where an ovum is released from one of her ovaries. It happens in each menstrual cycle when the reproductive hormones of the body such as estrogen stimulates and signals the ovaries to release an unfertilized egg to fallopian tube. During this process, the uterus lining or endometrium thickens itself and prepares to receive a fertilized egg or an embryo.

 

What is Ovulation period

Ovulation is the process which lasts for 12-14 hours. Generally, this time length is known as ovulation period or ovulation cycle. Ovulation period is divided into two phases. The first phase of ovulation period is known as follicular phase which starts from the first day of her last menstrual period which continues till ovulation. The second phase is luteal phase starting from the ovulation day till the beginning of next menstrual period.

Fun fact: luteal phase is more static than follicular phase which generally comes with a more stable timeline. However, the condition here is your regular menstrual cycle.

Ovulation meaning, Ovulation symptoms

Ovulation Symptoms

Ovulation symptoms are not common to all the women who are ovulating. They vary from person to person and there are cases a woman can ovulate without any visible symptoms of ovulating. Some of the common signs of ovulation are-

  1. Light spotting of blood: This happens due to follicle rupture in the egg when it prepares itself to fertilize through sperm.
  2. Muscle and abdominal cramps: Cramps or body ache are also experienced by many women when they ovulate. Again ovum rupture is the cause behind it.
  3. Change in breast: Some women feel tenderness or heaviness in their breasts during ovulation.
  4. Feeling of uneasiness: Bloating, nausea, headache etc. are some of the uneasy symptoms of ovulation.
  5. Change in the cervix: Your cervix changes considerably during ovulation. The cervical mucus changes its colour from milky white to egg white with stretchy consistency. Also the cervix rises high and your fingers can’t reach it normally than the rest of the days.
  6. Change in body language: In some women, ovulation causes a heightened sex drive, increased sense of smell, louder tone in voice and mood swings.
  7. Rise of body temperature: during ovulation, the Basal Body Temperature of a woman is considerably high as compared to the rest of the days. It keeps on increasing from your follicular phase and is the maximum on ovulation day. Again after your ovulation period, the body temperature keeps decreasing for the entire luteal phase.

Hope, this article has answered most of your queries. Follow Ela woman blogs to get regular update on fertility issues and treatment.

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2 Comments

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Kavya Garg
Oct. 7, 2017, 3:33 p.m.
I think charting your basal body temperature while calculating ur ovulation period is very important... its is important for ttc women especially.... When u get an ovulation predictor kit, do check ur cervicla mucus too.. it will also help you conceive .
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Ricky Smith
Oct. 7, 2017, 3:41 p.m.
There so many women who have shared their own experience when they could actually feel ovulation— It feels like a mild cramps or pain somewhere in the lower part of the abdomen. It feels at either of the sides, not on both the sides. Medically, this feeling of pain is termed as Mittelschmerz. It ...
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