Top 10 Ovulation Symptoms: Take our Online Quiz to Determine if You’re Ovulating!

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just plug your cycle dates into an ovulation calculator to determine conclusively when you ovulate? Unfortunately, an ovulation calculator merely provides us with an estimate of our ovulation date based on statistical averages; on its own, it isn’t considered to be a highly reliable means of determining your body’s most fertile time of month.

As with all scientific pursuits, providing more data points results in ever-increasing accuracy. For this reason, we strongly advocate looking at a broad spectrum of ovulation signs to help pinpoint your ovulation date.

Of course, it goes without saying that a fertility monitor, or at the very least, urine-based ovulation tests, should play an instrumental role in your trying-to-conceive plan. That said, there are plenty of low-to-no cost “guerrilla” techniques you can employ to get a good sense of your own body’s natural fertility cycles. 

Question 1

Has your “basal” temperature just gone up by 4/10ths of a degree or more?

Are you charting your basal body temperature? If so, it will be easy for you to identify the tell-tale rise in basal temperature that occurs just after ovulation. (Typically, you’ll see an increase of at least 4/10ths of a degree indicating that ovulation has just occurred.)

To chart your basal temperature, you’ll need a basal thermometer, which is simply a special thermometer that reads to a high degree of accuracy. You’ll also want to record, or “chart” your daily temperatures – either using the chart that comes with the basal thermometer you purchase, or online using a free online basal charting tool.

Question 2

Has the consistency of your cervical mucus become clear, stretchy, or “egg-white” in nature ?

First things first: for those who don’t know, “cervical mucus” is the substance that is secreted from the cervix. It plays a key role in facilitating pregnancy, as it’s the medium in which the sperm must live and travel on their journey to fertilize the egg.

Just before ovulation, during your most fertile time of month, the consistency of your cervical mucus will change. At this time of month, we would expect it to be relatively abundant, wet, stretchy – very much like an egg-white.

It’s not particularly difficult to check your cervical mucus:

  1. Ensure you have clean, dry hands;
  2. Select a comfortable position from which you can easily access your vagina (many women prefer elevating one leg by putting it up on the bathtub ledge or on the toilet seat);
  3. Place a single finger (preferably your index or middle finger) inside your vagina and near your cervix. Remove your finger and press it up against your thumb. Then, slowly move your finger away from your thumb and observe the consistency of the substance you see.
Question 3

Does our ovulation calculator indicate that you’re ovulating? If you haven't taken it yet, try it now!

While not particularly helpful for women with irregular cycles, many women can get a pretty good sense of their ovulation date by putting their cycle information into an ovulation calculator.

Question 4

Have you tested positive on a urine-based ovulation test?

Ovulation tests provide a great indication of when ovulation is about to occur. They work by detecting luteinizing hormone, or LH, which is present in increased levels in your urine just before ovulation. Typically, ovulation will occur within about 24-48 hours after a positive result on an ovulation test.

Question 5

Do you have lower abdominal pains? (also known as “mittelschmerz”)

Around 20% of women experience some degree of abdominal discomfort right around the time they ovulate, typically lasting around 24 hours. This pain is thought to result from blood leakage irritating the lining of the abdominal cavity.

Question 6

Is your cervix soft and raised?

Unbeknownst to many women, the cervix undergoes a characteristic series of changes throughout the monthly cycle. During the first half of the cycle, your cervix is lower in your vagina and easy to reach. It is also relatively firm, similar to the feel of the cartilage of your nose. Just before you ovulate, however, the cervix becomes softer (similar to the feeling of touching your lips) and higher up. It may even be difficult to reach at this time in your cycle.

Question 7

Are you experiencing increased sexual desire?

Finally – a fun one! Apparently nature has taken some wise steps to help ensure the propagation of the species, as women often report a pronounced increase in sexual desire just before ovulation. This is thought to result from the surge in luteinizing hormone women experience just before they ovulate.

Question 8

Are you experiencing breast tenderness?

It is typical for women to experience some breast tenderness right around ovulation time. This results from the hormonal fluctuation that accompanies the preparation for and release of the egg.

Question 9

Have you experienced bloating or water retention?

While not a particularly pleasant sign of ovulation, water retention or bloating is a common indicator that ovulation is about to take place.

Question 10

Are you experiencing a swollen labia and/or vagina?

An increase in blood flow to the reproductive organs tends to accompany ovulation. This increased blood flow tends to manifest itself in the form of a swelling of the vagina and/or labia right around the time of ovulation.

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By TTC veteran and mother of two, Elizabeth Andrews.