Even if you’re not trying to get pregnant, it’s well worth knowing when you ovulate. If you are trying to get pregnant, then it’s vital information! Fertility anchors what’s known as your fertile window – the days in each menstrual cycle when you stand the best chance of getting pregnant. If you’re tracking your ovulation’s and know when you ovulate and can answer the question ‘How long does ovulation last?’ then you have an improved chance of getting pregnant when you want to!
Today we’re looking at some of the ways you can know when you’re ovulating so you can boost your fertility!
When ovulation approaches it can also boost your senses! Smell is the most commonly reported intensified sense, but ovulating women have also reported clearer vision, and a more intense sense of taste.
It’s thought that this is to help fertile women find an equally fertile mate – and men have shown a similar sensitive to the smell of the pheromones released by a woman when she’s ovulating. This means that if the world looks a little sharper or dinner smells and tastes that much more tempting, you could be entering the twelve to forty-eight hour window when your body releases a fresh fertile egg.
Your cervical mucus is one of the key indicators of ovulation. It’s normally a barrier to prevent foreign matter contaminating your reproductive system, but around the time you menstruate, sperm need to be able to pass the cervix to reach the egg! This means if you watch for the changes you can use the character of your cervical mucus to identify when you ovulate! You’re looking for a gradual change to a slick, transparent substance that looks like egg white.
One of the best ways for you to find out when you’re ovulating – or better yet, when you’re going to ovulate – is to take a test to confirm it. There are lots of different tests available for you. The most common ones test your urine similar to pregnancy tests, looking for the hormones that stimulate ovulation. More sophisticated versions of these OPKs or Ovulation Predictor Kits digitally read the results, providing a less ambiguous readout, and tracking, so can see the level of your hormones change over time.
Another option is to track your BBT: this is part of the official fertility guidance from the NHS. This basal temperature changes in response to your body’s preparations for ovulation, and a rise of a tenth of a degree, sustained over three is indicator you are ovulating!