Ovulation

The most important time of the month when ttc. Ovulation typically happens about 12-14 days before day one of your period. Keep in mind that all women are different, and just because this is typical, does not mean that this is when it happens for you. A big reason why some women don’t get pregnant is because they are going by this calculation and their bodies may be a little different from the average. The best way to know if and when you are ovulating is to use a combination of things: body signs, ovulation predictors and charting.

Natural Signs of Ovulation:
Egg White Cervical Mucus (ewcm): Many women get a clear stretchy discharge beginning right before the time of ovulation. It is called ewcm because it resembles the look and consistency of egg whites. Sometimes it is a bit more watery, and that is fine too. If you hold it between your thumb and index finger, you should be able to stretch it. This is considered fertile cervical fluid. It helps the sperm travel to where it needs to go! If you notice that instead of egg white consistency it is more like hot glue, then you may need some help in this area. Sperm has a hard time getting through very thick cervical mucus, otherwise knows as hostile cervical mucus. If you are noticing hostile cervical mucus, it would be a good time to try some natural remedies and supplements to help you in this area.

Ovulation Pain:
Some people feel ovulation and some don’t. If you happen to be someone who feels ovulation pain, then this will help you know when you are ovulation. For some it can feel like a pain or a ping type feeling in their ovary. Some get ovulation cramping. Keep in mind that ovulation pain can come before, during or after ovulation. It is a good indicator that you are ovulating around this time, but don’t wait to BD until you feel the pain…it may be a little late.

Ovulation Bleeding: Some people experience a little spotting at the time of ovulation. If you are not sure if it is ovulation spotting, be sure to check with a doctor. If you are sure that it is connected to ovulation, then this is a good way to know that you are ovulating around this time. I have read different reasons why this happens. Some say it is the change in hormones, and some say it is the egg breaking through the follicle. Either way, if the spotting is only due to ovulation it is harmless and a good indicator that you ovulated!