Ovulation Symptoms and Signs
Signs and symptoms of ovulation will vary for every woman, but for some, physical indicators can help pinpoint ovulation and help keep track of future ovulation.
Typical Signs of Ovulation:
Cervical Mucous. Cervical mucous will increase before ovulation and during ovulation; you might notice a slippery ’egg white’ looking discharge.
Increased sex drive. You may be more interested in sex or be more easily aroused around the time of ovulation.
Swollen vagina or vulva. Your labia or vagina may become full and more sensitive.
"I have irregular periods, so there was no way for me to know when I was ovulating. I tried another test for months, but it was very hard to read the test sticks. I absolutely love the Clearblue tests– they were so easy. The first cycle I used the ovulation predictor, I got pregnant! I am 12 weeks along now and couldn‘t be happier. My husband had testicular cancer almost five years ago and we weren‘t sure if we would get pregnant naturally. Thanks Clearblue!"
Abdominal pain. You may feel mild cramping or achiness around the time of ovulation.
Breast tenderness. Many women notice breast tenderness or other premenstrual symptoms around the time of ovulation.
Abdominal bloating and water retention. You may be bloated or retaining water around the time of ovulation.
Cervix position. If you are checking your cervix, it will feel high, soft and more open around the time of ovulation. It will also be more difficult to reach during ovulation.
Moodiness or increased energy. You might have mood swings or feel a boost of energy around the time of ovulation.
Less Typical Signs of Ovulation:
Spotting. Some women will have light spotting around the time of ovulation.
Headaches and/or nausea. Sensitive to hormonal changes, some women will experience headaches or nausea before ovulation.
When Will I Ovulate?
Many women think that they ovulate on day 14, but this isn‘t always the case. Your day of ovulation will vary depending on your cycle length. A woman‘s most fertile time spans about 6 days, starting approximately 5 days prior to ovulation, but there are only 2 days when you are most likely to become pregnant: the day prior to and the day of ovulation.
There‘s a whole range of methods that you can use to find out when you are ovulating. Some tell you when you have ovulated and some predict when you‘re going to ovulate; you can use these methods together or use them independently.
- Basal body temperature charting
- Recording the length of your menstrual cycles
- Tracking your cervical mucus changes
- Urine tests to identify the LH surge
Identifying the LH Surge
Since there are only a few days in a woman‘s cycle when intercourse can result in conception, women often turn to ovulation tests for help in maximizing their chances at pregnancy.
Ovulation tests naturally monitor the level of luteinizing hormone (LH) in urine; LH is the key hormone that triggers ovulation. A surge in LH occurs 24 to 36 hours before ovulation and is therefore a good predictor of peak fertility.
Clearblue Ovulation Tests can help you identify the two most likely days that you will get pregnant.
Eliminate the Confusion
Knowing how your ovulation cycle works is the best first step towards getting pregnant naturally. Clearblue products can help eliminate the confusion about when you ovulate and maximize your chances of conception.
Clearblue Digital Ovulation Tests are simple urine tests that measure a key fertility hormone
to identify your best 2 days to get pregnant, through a clear, digital display. The ‘smiley face‘ tells you when you are about to ovulate alerting you and your partner to the most fertile time to have sex.
The Clearblue Fertility Monitor tracks two key fertility hormones – luteinizing together with estrogen hormones – to identify up to 6 fertile days each cycle. Using the two hormones, this electronic, hand–held monitor tracks a woman‘s personal cycle and can pinpoint not only a woman‘s 2 peak fertility days, but also 1–5 additional high fertility days prior to ovulation.
Clearblue is the #1 brand recommended by OB/GYNs. The fertility products are a great way of helping women understand their body‘s own best timing. Get pregnant naturally by learning about your own body‘s timing and maximize your chances each cycle.
"My husband and I had been trying to conceive for almost 2 years. I had tried different ovulation tests, tracked my ovulation with charting methods, and did many things to try to get pregnant the natural way with no luck. Right before my appointment with the infertility specialist, I purchased Clearblue ovulation predictors. I was SO happy to see the smiley face! 2 weeks later, my pregnancy test was positive and I was able to cancel my infertility appointment. I am now 24 weeks pregnant with a little boy and could not be happier. I really believe that Clearblue helped make this possible without having to take drastic measures! Thank you so much!"
"I used the Clearblue ovulation monitor to conceive and it worked the first time! My periods were never regular after I got off birth control and I really didn‘t know when I ovulated. As it turns out, I don't ovulate until around day 26. It would have taken me a very long time to conceive if I had just gone by some ovulation calendar that tells you that you ovulate between days 14–16. I also used the Clearblue pregnancy test. I had used a different test first and it said positive, but then faded to negative. Since I wasn't satisfied with that result, I bought a Clearblue pregnancy test and it turned positive right away!"