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Ovulation Cycle

Ovulation Cycle Symptoms and Calculator
Written by Aisha Sathik
Ovulation is a phase occurs in the middle of menstrual cycle, in which women gets a high chance of fertility. Ovulation days are approximately in the middle of the menstrual cycle.

In a 28 days cycle ovulation occurs from day 10 to 18 and it varies for different menstrual cycle. The Ovulation process is the hormonal release of pituitary gland and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and controlled by brain. In ovulation the estrogen levels increase and that cause an upward movement in luteinizing hormone and follicle stimulating hormone levels leads to the rupture of ovarian follicles to release the egg from ovary.

Symptoms to identify ovulation

  • Changes in Cervix
    In menstrual cycle, before ovulation cervix seems to be soft and wet, after ovulation it seem dry, firm and closed, the mucus from cervix is sticky, plentiful and clear before ovulation. Cervical mucus can be checked with the toilet paper. During ovulation mucus will be more plentiful and greasy since the oestrogen levels are increased. Identifying the cervical position can be easier by checking when cervical mucus starts to be wet and greasy and continue checking foe at least 5 to 6 days.
  • Basal Body Temperature
    Your body temperature gets increased in the most fertile days of ovulation due to the enthused secretion of the hormone called progesterone. Your body temperature may increase up to 1.6 degrees and that can be detected using a Basal Body Thermometer. It’s difficult to find out the temperature changes without a tracking chart, prepare a chart on daily basis to identify the raise in temperature when you are trying to conceive.

Ovulation Predictor Kit

The Ovulation predictor kit (OPK) can be used to identify your ovulation period by monitoring levels of luteinizing hormone (LH). During ovulation period the luteinizing hormone levels gets increased and the OPK will be able indicate you one day prior to your ovulation and it works like home pregnancy tests. OPK results are easier to identify than basal body temperature and it’s more reliable since identified by testing the urine.

Saliva Test

You can also identify your ovulation by testing your saliva. The estrogen levels in saliva are high in the ovulation period and your saliva will be little thicker than normal days.

About the author

Aisha Sathik

was a software professional, a full-time mom of 5 years old boy and an aspiring author in BabyCareAtoZ.