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Sign and Symptoms of Ovulation

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Fertility and ovulation is important to track to identify the ovulation period. Here are the ovulation symptoms that indicate that you are in your fertile days.

Ovulation, Ovulation Period, Ovulation Symptoms, Fertility, Fertile Days

Every woman thinks, When do I ovulate or do all women ovulate the same

No. Ovulation patterns differ with each woman’s specific body type and menstrual cycle. You may have learned about ovulation period in middle school health class….but that was years ago. Here’s a refresher.

Ovulation: Ovulation is the release of an egg from the ovary and its travel down the fallopian tube. As the egg travels, it has a chance of being fertilized by a sperm. If the timing is just right, it will result in a pregnancy!

Ovulation, Ovulation Period

Having sex during your ovulation window is the best way to maximize your chances of pregnancy. Conversely, avoiding sex during ovulation period is how to avoid an accidental pregnancy.

Ovulation Calendar: Women often ovulate about halfway through the menstrual cycle. If the first day of your most recent period Day 1 and the last day before your next period is day 28, chances are you will ovulate about mid-way through the cycle–around Day 14. You should track your fertility days and most fertile days

This, of course, assumes a 28-day cycle. Most women’s cycles are between 21 and 35 days long. Naturally, cycle length affects ovulation timing.

During ovulation period, an egg is available to be fertilized for only 12-24 hours. Recall that sperm can live in the body for 3-5 days. Because of this, medical experts tend to talk about ovulation occurring during a multi-day “window” of time around the ovulation day.

Using the example of a 28-day cycle, you can presume that ovulation period will occur approximately in the window between Day 12 and Day 16 (notice Day 14 is right in the middle). For cycles that are not 28 days long, just count back 14 days from your NEXT expected period. That’s about the time when you will ovulate. You should track your fertility days and most fertile days

Ovulation Sign:

Calendar estimation is one way to figure out when ovulation period might be happening. But a more foolproof method involves also paying attention to your body’s signs of ovulation: patterns in body temperature and vaginal discharge.

Ovulation Symptoms, Ovulation Period


We’re not just talking regular temperature–this is basal body temperature or the lowest body temperature you experience in a 24-hour period. It happens right when you wake up in the morning. You can detect BBT by taking your temperature with a special BBT thermometer before getting out of bed. When you ovulate, your basal body temperature rises. The uptick is tiny–only about 0.5 to 1.6 degree Fahrenheit–but it is enough to indicate that ovulation period has just occurred.

Vaginal Discharge:

If you pay attention to the fluids in your panties, you’ll notice that cervical mucus ( a medical name for discharge) changes throughout your cycle. Most of the month, your vag stays pretty mellow. But as you approach ovulation, you’ll notice a clear, slippery, and stretchy substance emerge. That’s egg white cervical mucus. Named so because it looks and feels kind of like raw egg whites. Sorry if we just ruined brunch forever. You should track your fertility days and most fertile days.

Others Symptoms:

In addition to the temperature and vaginal discharge variations, a significant number of women report having experienced the following symptoms during their ovulation window:

Fertile days, Ovulation

  • Increase in sex drive
  • Abdominal bloating brief
  • Twinge of pain or dull ache felt in abdomen
  • Breast tenderness
  • Heightened sense of vision, taste, or smell
  • Heightened sense of vision, taste, or smell
  • Light Spotting

Ovulation Tracking tools:

Accurately tracking your ovulation requires tools. From where we sit, these are the essentials.

  • Ela app:  A smartphone app that allows you to record everything from your period dates to your BBT and cervical mucus. The app does the math so that you don’t have to–and sends you updates before menstruation and ovulation to keep you in the know. As you might expect, we recommend it highly. 
  • BBT Thermometer: Essential for knowing if you’re hot or not. and when you might be ovulating. You should track your fertility days and most fertile days
  • Ovulation Predictor Kit (OPK): This is a pee-on-a-stick test will give you a positive result a day or two before your ovulate…and signal when you should hop to it if you’re down to make babies. 

Tracking menstrual cycle can be difficult if you have irregular periods. Here, the role of period tracker app comes which considers multiple parameters such as skin temperature, heart variability, cervical mucus, BMI and age to track cycle precisely.

Dr. Sohani Verma

About The Author

Infertility Specialist Dr. Sohani Verma

Dr. Sohani Verma is an infertility specialist, gynecologist and obstetrician specializing in Infertility treatments like IUI, IVF, Endometriosis treatment and Menopausal problems treatment. She completed MBBS from Jabalpur University in 1976 and then pursued MRCOG from Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, United Kingdom in 1983. She has also pursued FRCOG, FICOG, FIMSA, PGDMLS, PGDHHM, FMAS. Dr. Sohani has treated several patients with different types of health problems successfully and helped them achieve the desired results. Dr. Sohani is presently practicing at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, Sarita Vihar, Delhi.


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Naina Kapila

My body temperature rises up to 100-degree celsius when I ovulate. And I think BBT is the best way to track ovulation.

Oct. 5, 2018, 12:01 a.m. 5.0


Nirmala Lohiya

I have odorful vaginal discharge after a week of my cycles. And I take it as starting off my ovulating days. It's always accurate and I don't face any problem while conceiving.

Sept. 29, 2018, 4:37 p.m. 4.5


Yasmeen Khan

I was unable to determine my ovulation cycle. Thank you for sharing this and making me clear about it. I will opt Ela app to track my ovulation period.

Sept. 9, 2018, 7:33 p.m. 5.0


Veiola Cappa

I always have my ovulation notification from Ela app. And sometimes I go for BBT checks too. Using these tools is highly easy and accurate.

March 11, 2018, 2:30 p.m. 4.5


Megha Rajput

Bloating is one of the common ovulation symptoms. However, it lets you know your most fertile days. Regular ovulation is a healthy sign of a good fertility.

Aug. 24, 2017, 1:56 p.m. 5.0


Damandeep Bhatia

I can tell when my ovulation happens, it's when the discharge gets sticky and transparent. Will try checking it through temperature also.

Aug. 24, 2017, 1:54 p.m. 5.0


Shrabani Saha

I have a long cycle of 32 days. So I get my ovulation period 16 days before my next period.

Aug. 24, 2017, 1:43 p.m. 4.5


Rashmi Desai

I have yellowish thick cervical mucus before my ovulation and during my ovulating days its transparent like oily structure. Is it a good quality mucus or bad?

May 16, 2017, 6:26 p.m. 4.5

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