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The Ultimate Guide To What Happens And What To Expect During Ovulation

If you want to become pregnant, it will help to know when you are ovulating.  When ovulation occurs, you will be at your most fertile.  This means that if you have sex at this time, the chances are good that a sperm may reach and fertilize your egg.  I’m going to go over some tips to help you know when you are ovulating.

Ovulation Cycle

Ovulation normally occurs halfway through your menstrual cycle, meaning if your cycle lasts 30 days, ovulation will occur around day 15.  If your cycle lasts 28 days, ovulation most likely will occur at day 14.

If you want to have a baby, it’s a good idea to not wait until the exact day that you ovulate to have sex.  Instead have sex several days before.  That way the sperm is ready and waiting for the egg when it is released and ready to be fertilized.

Ovulation Symptoms

You do not need to be a gynecologist to understand when you ovulate.  If you know what to watch out for, you should be very close to pinpointing exactly when you ovulate.  I discussed how ovulation occurs halfway between the first day of your last and next period. When that time of the month has arrived, make sure that you watch out for these symptoms to make sure you know if you are truly ovulating.

Drop In Body Temperature

When you ovulate, your basal body temperature will drop slightly.  In order to notice this small drop in body temperature, it will be essential to take your temperature throughout your menstrual cycle so that you know when it drops.  A basal thermometer is the best kind to use to detect this small change.

Cervical Mucus

Cervical mucus changes when your hormones fluctuate.  Immediately following your period, mucus will usually be dry, followed by sticky, then creamy and finally watery mucus which is the most fertile state.  When mucus is watery along with being slippery and stretchy, this is a good indication that you are ovulating.  The reason that the mucus changes is to help aid the sperm to pass on to the egg.  The mucus during ovulation is alkaline which helps to protect the sperm from the acidic environment of the vagina.

Cervical Position

The position of your cervix can give a clue as to when it is ready to receive a fertilized egg.  To know when your cervix changes position, you will need to check it before ovulation so that you can detect the difference.  Keep in mind that a normal and healthy cervix will change positions throughout the day, so it’s important to check your cervix at the same time each day.  A cervix during ovulation will be in a high position.

Increase In Sex Drive

If you think about it, it makes sense that you will have a heightened sex drive during ovulation.  Intercourse is in fact what is needed to take place to get you pregnant.  It helps that you will be more interested in sex during this time.

Heightened Senses

Some women notice that they can see, smell, and taste better during ovulation.  Though not all women are this in tune with their senses, next time, you ovulate try to evaluate if you have heightened senses.  It may take more than one ovulation to come and go before pregnancy takes place, so try to be more in tune with your body and notice small changes so that you can start to predict when ovulation is occurring.


Some women will notice a small amount of blood, during ovulation.  This is called spotting.  The cause is thought to be caused by the sudden drop of estrogen that takes place before ovulation.  Because there is a lack of progesterone during this time, the lining may leak a minimal amount of blood.  Hence, the name “spotting.”

Increased Energy

You may notice an increased level of energy during ovulation.  This is due to the change in hormones.  This is a symptom that may help you to get pregnant since a lot needs to take place for conception to happen.

Ovulation Tests

You can purchase an ovulation prediction test at your local pharmacy or purchase one online.  These tests will help you to predict when ovulation will occur by detecting changes in your body.  Ovulation tests work much like pregnancy tests in that they measure levels of hormones in your body.  Ovulation tests will help you by predicting when you will ovulate about a day or so before ovulation takes place.

Ovulation Calculator

If you would like to target your most fertile days for trying to conceive, you can use an online ovulation calculator.  You will need to enter the last date of your period, along with your usual cycle.  An ovulation calculator will help you to predict the days when you are most fertile.


If you are trying to become pregnant, it is going to help to predict and know when you ovulate.  I hope that this article helped you to learn more about ovulation and when you will ovulate.  Try to be keenly aware of any symptoms that you notice so that you will be able to start predicting when is the right time to try to conceive.  Good luck!




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