Learning Your Ovulation Symptoms and How to Track Your Ovulation Calendar

Learning Your Ovulation Symptoms and How to Track Your Ovulation CalendarIf you’re ready to start a family, you’ll want to learn your ovulation cycle like the back of your hand. Even if you download a simple ovulation tracker app or use an ovulation calendar, it doesn’t hurt to know the pre-and-post ovulation body signs so you can recognize how long your individual cycle is and when it falls in your month. Ovulation, which is one part of your overall menstrual cycle, is when your eggs are released and travel down your fallopian tubes. If you are trying to conceive, then this is the time when sperm can successfully meet your eggs for fertilization. Even though every woman with a menstrual cycle experiences ovulation, no two cycles are alike; on top of that, some women might experience regimented ovulation cycles while other women do not ovulate on any kind of schedule.

Ovulation cycles do not usually become important until family planning begins, which is why some women have trouble learning what signs to watch for at first. The biggest focus is placed on the menstrual cycle itself, which typically lasts 28 days. Your ovulation falls before your monthly period and will last between 1 and 3 days on average. This is a much shorter window of time for conception, which is why women who struggle to conceive will pay special attention to their ovulation symptoms as they occur. Some of the general ovulation body changes that occur include a light (usually white or clear) fluid discharge or internal body temperature changes. If you monitor your ovulation cycle by taking your temperature every morning, then you will see this ovulation trend firsthand: just before you ovulate your core temperature will decline slightly, but after ovulation you will a temperature spike upwards. Once you’ve recorded this temperature flux, you will know that you’ve passed through your ovulation cycle.

Other ovulation cycle symptoms include light cramping, spotting, feeling bloated, and changes that might remind you of your period symptoms. Not all women experience these feelings, but if you frequently cramp 10 days before your period, then you can chalk up the pain to your ovulation cycle. A good way to learn your ovulation cycle is to begin recording your symptoms and when you experience them in a day planner or on your phone calendar. After you note your experiences for a few months, look and see if there are any common threads in what you’ve written down. When you understand your body’s overall menstrual cycle, you can better anticipate at what points you’re most ready to conceive. Don’t stress out if the first few months seem to follow no schedule; it may take time for you to properly learn your cycle. Once you think you know your cycle, try recording your daily temperature in the morning to see how accurate you are.