Are there any signs which signal I might be ovulating?

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Ovulation occurs once a month – between day 12 and day 16 from the start of your period.

There are some signs which can indicate you are ovulating:

Cervical Mucus Changes

Cervical secretions change to wetter and clearer secretions and this lets you know that you are about to ovulate.

Libido changes

Some women experience an increased libido which is seen as nature’s way of helping. There may be other factors going on also of course!

Mild pelvic or lower abdominal pain

You may experience a mild ache or pain in the lower abdomen, usually on one side or the other (not the same side each time). This can last a short time or for a few hours. There may be light vaginal bleeding, discharge or nausea along with the ache or pain.

Breast soreness or tenderness

Breast and nipple sensitivity, tenderness or soreness can be another sign of ovulation.

Body Temperature

Your Basal Body Temperature (BBT) increases after ovulation. This can be hard to monitor on an ongoing basis as other issues may be affecting your temperature.

Heightened sense of smell

Some women may find they experience a more sensitive sense of smell in the latter half of a normal menstruation cycle and this can be a sign of ovulation


FertilityCatriona Barry