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Signs And Symptoms Of Ovulation You Need To Know

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Learn about the overall signs and symptoms of ovulation such as abdominal cramps, BBT drop, change in cervical mucus, tender breasts, spotting etc. through this article.

Every month one of the ovaries in the female body releases eggs into the fallopian tube to meet the sperm and get fertilized. This process of release of egg by the ovaries is called Ovulation. Some woman may feel shy to share their ovulation with there when they try to conceive. These signs of ovulation may help you in planning a healthy pregnancy as well. Here is a list of 10 most common signs of ovulation, which every woman should know.  

1- Ovulation Pain

Ovulation pain generally occurs around lower abdomen. This ovulation symptom is not common and very few women experiences ovulation pain. Some women may feel severe pain in their lower abdominal area. It is also known as Mittelschmerz or mid cycle pain. A constant, mild sensation of pain is normal sign of ovulation.

Ovulation symptoms, signs of ovulation

But a severe and long lasting pain during ovulation may warrant an immediate medical attention.

2- Drop in BBT

A drop in your basal body temperature is one of the common signs of ovulation. You may experience a drop in your basal body temperature on the day of ovulation and may feel an elevation in BBT the next day. You may experience an elevation in the basal body temperature from the day of ovulation till the day you get your next period. Using a basal body temperature thermometer can check the basal body temperature.

3- Cervical Mucus

Cervical Mucus or vaginal discharge is a sticky discharge from the vaginal cavity. It is one of the most common symptoms of ovulation. Appearance of cervical mucus or vaginal discharge may vary depending upon your body and may change its appearance during the phase of ovulation, menstruation and pregnancy. An egg-like white discharge is a sign of ovulation, which makes a most favorable time for a sperm to flow into a uterus and meet the egg to get fertilized.

4- Cervical Position

Cervical position is another common way to track the inception of ovulation. You may observe your cervix to be hard and stiff before ovulation or during infertile days. You may experience your cervix to be soft, high, open and wet during ovulation. You can easily track your ovulation simply by observing the position of the cervix.

Ovulation signs, Sign and symptoms of ovulation

Same as cervical mucus, cervix changes itself and elevates the chances to conceive.  

5- Tender Breasts

Tender of soft breast is one of the most prominent signs of ovulation. Some women may feel tenderness in breasts near the time of ovulation. Though it is one of the most common signs of pregnancy, however it can also be experienced during ovulation too.

6- Increased Energy Level

During ovulation, most of the women feel an increased level of energy. It may be your body’s own way to deal with menstrual cramps and bleeding during periods.

7- Raised Sense Of Vision, Smell and Taste

With the hormonal change, women get a raised sense of vision, smell and taste. Some women may feel nausea and vomiting on getting a whiff of smell from perfumes, flowers, clay, and cigarette or room freshener.  Food aversions and cravings form another sign of ovulation.

8- Spotting

As ovulation is the process when female body releases egg, there are few women who have spotting during their ovulation. You may also experience spotting as implantation bleeding if trying to conceive and had an unprotected sex during ovulation. However, heavy bleeding or spotting with severe cramps during ovulation should not be avoided and you should seek medical advice immediately in this case.

9- Feeling Wetter

You may experience your vagina to be wetter and may feel more lubricated as the consistency of your cervical mucus changes during ovulation.

Ovulation symptoms, Signs of ovulation

As ovulation approaches, the cervical fluid not only becomes thinner and stretchier but also becomes more abundant.

10- Increased Sex Drive

Ovulation makes a perfect time for you to conceive. You are more likely to experience a libido or increased sex drive. Ovulation is a time when a woman is in her most fertile days and the eggs are ready to meet sperm for fertilization. This is the most common ovulation symptom. An increased sex drive is necessary for both the partners to bring a new life into existence.

11- Bloating

You may feel bloated one or two week before your menstrual cycles or during ovulation. The reason behind this phenomenon is the changes in hormonal levels your body experiences during ovulation.  However, the bloating may fade away as soon as you get your periods. In case you experience bloating with pain for a longer duration, consult your healthcare provider immediately.

Hope this article has helped you to resolve your queries on signs and symptoms of ovulation. Follow Elawoman blog to get regular updates on fertility health and treatments.

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Dr. Srilatha Gorthi

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Laparoscopic Surgeon, Gynecologic Surgeon Dr. Srilatha Gorthi

Dr. Srilatha Gorthi is an infertility specialist and laparoscopy surgeon located in Hyderabad. Her area of expertise lies in the field of Gynae diseases and conditions, and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). She provides a number of services that comprise of In vitro Fertilization (IVF), Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), ICSI, TESA, MESA, Gynae Hysteroscopy, Laparoscopy, treatment of Ovarian Cysts, Endometriosis, PCOS, Fibroids, Polyps and so on. Dr. Srilatha Gorthi practices at The Birthplace Hospital, Revive Multi Specialty Clinics and Fertility Centre, and The Birthplace Clinic and has a rich experience of more than 18 years. Dr. Gorthi has won 9 Gold Medals in MBBS.She is a reputed member of the Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI), European society of Gynaecological Endoscopy and British Medical Association, UK, and British Fertility Society. You can get her information at


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Billy Rey

Thanks for sharing this. It was really helpful.

Oct. 13, 2018, 12:11 a.m. 5.0


Shewta Baxi

I have tender breast and greenish discharge during the ovulation period. Is it totally normal?

Oct. 11, 2018, 7:33 p.m. 4.5


Fatima Iqra

With this ovulation pain, is it possible to have sex and conceive after that? Please suggest some medicine.

May 30, 2018, 11:54 p.m. 4.5


Mohini Singh

Along with different cervical mucus, I have acne and itching problem too during my ovulation.

Feb. 15, 2018, 3:12 p.m. 5.0


Jhanvi Lata

Good article, I will follow these steps to track my ovulation.

Dec. 12, 2017, 1:10 p.m. 5.0


Trishna Sahpathi

I have heard that our LH, what we usually call luteinizing hormone is produced by gonadotropic cells. Its concentration should stay elevated for 14 to 27 hours to allow for full maturation of the egg.

Oct. 30, 2017, 5:21 p.m. 5.0


Dorothy Perks

There is one more fact regarding ovulation and the signs of ovulation. If you're intending to breastfeed only, you must know that you likely won't ovulate during that time. In any case, it's a fact that breastfeeding works as a natural birth control and you can't conceive another one while breast...

Oct. 30, 2017, 4:37 p.m. 4.5

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