Simple ways to detect ovulation

Simple ways to detect ovulation

Simple ways of detecting Ovulation

Ovulation symptoms aren’t difficult to notice. Once you know what to look for like 6 Different Ways to Detect Ovulation, you’ll be surprised how easy it can be.


Some ovulation signs warn you that ovulation is approaching. This allows you to time sex for pregnancy. Others let you know that ovulation has passed. This can be reassuring, giving you confidence that you actually did ovulate.



Below are 6 different ways to detect ovulation. While there are many methods below, don’t try to use them all.


Sign of Ovulation

#1: Increased Sexual Desire


Turns out nature does know what it’s doing!


Research has shown what many of us already notice: Women experience an increase in sexual desire when they are most fertile.


This libido boost comes a couple days before you ovulate. This is also the right time to have sex if you want to get pregnant.


Pros of using this method to detect ovulation:


Doesn’t require any know-how. Just being in tune with your feelings.

Worse comes to worse, if you have sex and you weren’t about to ovulate, you still (hopefully) had a nice time with your partner.



The stress of trying to conceive can squash sexual feelings. Also, depression or anxiety, common in couples coping with infertility, can lower sexual desire.

It’s not a definite sign of ovulation. You may notice an increase in sexual desire at any time in your cycle, including right before your period, or even after watching a great Johnny Depp or Pierce Brosnan movie. (Or maybe that’s just me.)

#2: Body Basal Temperature Changes


Basal body temperature charting is perhaps the most popular method of tracking ovulation.


Your body basal temperature is your body’s temperature at rest. It will rise by a few tenths of a degree when ovulation occurs.

To detect this rise in temperature, you need to take your temperature every morning. You’ll need to do so at the same time every morning before you get out of bed.


Then, you’ll need to enter the information into a fertility chart.


6 Different Ways to Detect Ovulation

Fertility chart


Pros of using this method to detect ovulation:


If your temperature rises, you can be almost positive that you ovulated.

It’s low cost and almost free. (Except for the purchase of a thermometer, which you probably already have.)

May help your doctor make a diagnosis of anovulation, if the charts don’t detect ovulation.



Won’t warn you that ovulation is coming. Can only confirm that it has passed.

May not work if your sleep patterns are unusually erratic or you work the night shift.

Some women feel overwhelmed by taking their temperature every morning. Also, worrying about every little fluctuation in temperature can make some women more anxious than they already are. It can easily become an obsession.

#3: Cervical Mucus Changes


Your cervical mucus changes in amount and consistency the closer you are to your fertile window. By paying careful attention to the change, you can predict your most fertile days.

Thicker mucus during ovulation

Thicker mucus during ovulation

When you’re not ovulating, cervical mucus may appear sticky, creamy, or may be entirely absent.


Cervical mucus becomes more abundant when you’re in your ovulation period. It goes from a watery stage to a raw-egg-white-like consistency. It may stretch up to an inch or more between your fingers!


Cervical mucus like this helps the sperm stay alive and swim their way through the cervix and up into your uterus.


Pros of using this method to detect ovulation:


100% free.

Considered to be one of the most accurate indicators for timing sex for pregnancy.

Get to know your body better.



Some people are grossed out by the idea.

Not a definite sign. You can have fertile cervical mucus, and not ovulate. (Common in women with Polycystic ovarian syndrome PCOS.)

Clomid or antihistamines may dry up your cervical mucus, which may make detection difficult.


Read: phases involved during ovulation 


#4: Changes in Cervical Position

Cervical position before ovulation, during ovulation and after ovulation

Cervical position before ovulation, during ovulation and after ovulation

Just as your cervical mucus changes as ovulation approaches, your cervical position also goes through changes.


Your cervix will be higher, softer, and more open when you’re most fertile.


Think cervical checks are just for nurses and doctors? Actually, once you know what to feel for, anyone — including you! — can learn to check cervical position.


Pros of using this method to detect ovulation:


It’s free.

Get to know your body better.

May help you figure out if you’re ovulating, even when your cervical mucus is drier from antihistamines.



Takes practice to get a feel (no pun intended) for the differences.

Some people are grossed out by the idea.

Not a definite sign of ovulation. Like with cervical mucus, you can have fertile cervical signs but not actually ovulate.

#5: Breast Tenderness


Some women experience tenderness in their breasts just before or after ovulation. Most women notice this most after ovulation.


Why do your breasts hurt? It’s caused by hormones preparing your body for pregnancy. (Your body is so optimistic!)


Pros of using this method to detect ovulation:


It’s free.

Helps you get to know your body better.



It’s by no means an accurate indicator of ovulation.

Breast tenderness may come before or after ovulation, as well as right before menstruation and as a side effect of some fertility drugs.

Getting too obsessed about how tender your breasts feel can lead to obsessing over imaginary pregnancy symptoms.

#6: Positive Result on an Ovulation Predictor Test


Another common way of detecting ovulation is with an ovulation predictor test kit. Ovulation predictor tests are sometimes referred to as OPK tests or just ovulation tests.


#6 Different Ways to Detect Ovulation


OPKs require you to either pee on a test stick or dip a special paper into a cup of collected urine. You do this once a day for a week before you expect to ovulate.

There are two lines on the test strip. Whenever the test line is darker than the control line, the test has detected Luteinizing hormone (LH) surge. (This is the exact same hormone that causes fertile cervical mucus.)


The LH surge occurs right before ovulation. If you have sex at this time, you’re very likely to get pregnant.


Pros of using this method to detect ovulation:


If body basal temperature (BBT) charting isn’t your cup of tea, an ovulation predictor kit can be used.

If cervical mucus is dried up from medications, you may still get a positive on an ovulation test.

You only need to bother with the tests for a week or two before you expect to ovulate.

If fertility charting gives unusual or confusing results, an ovulation predictor kit may clarify things.


Determining when the test line is darker than the control line isn’t always easy.

You can miss the LH surge and never see a darker line. For example, let’s say you test Monday morning. Then, your LH surges Monday afternoon. By Tuesday morning, when you test again, it may be over already. (Some women test more than once a day for this reason – raising the cost.)

If you ovulate irregularly, you may need more than one kit per cycle.

Not a definite sign. You can have positive OPK results and not ovulate. You can also have more than one LH surge detected per cycle, but only the last of those surges correlates to possible ovulation.



What If You Don’t Notice Any Ovulation Symptoms?


Let’s say you read Ovulation phases through this list, and you don’t get any ovulation symptoms. Or you’re not sure if you’re having any.


In that case, you should go see your doctor. It’s possible you’re just missing them but you are still ovulating.


However, it may be that you’re not ovulating. This is called anovulation and is a possible cause of infertility.


If you’re not ovulating, it’s also likely that your periods are irregular.


Usually, you should go see your doctor if you don’t get pregnant after trying to conceive for one year. (Or, after six months of trying to conceive if you’re age 35 or older.)


But if you are experiencing infertility symptoms, or you’re concerned about your fertility, you don’t have to wait to see your doctor.


Remember that the sooner you get help, the more likely you’ll have success if you need fertility treatments.



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