12 Signs & Symptoms of Ovulation

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Philip Druce

By Philip Druce, Founder of Ovulation Calculator

Your body provides signs about when you are ovulating. Once you know these ovulation symptoms, you can increase your chances of getting pregnant faster by ensuring you get the timing of intercourse right (during the days leading up to ovulation).

What you're going to learn:

- How to detect the 12 signs of ovulation
- When you are most fertile
- How to predict when these days are, each cycle
- The two days each cycle you should have sex (most people get this wrong!)

Below is a list of the 12 signs of ovulation you're going to learn. You'll learn how to correctly identify the symptoms, this is the key to getting pregnant naturally.

Ovulation signs illustrated on body


The 12 Ovulation Symptoms are:

1. Cervical mucus changes
2. Cervix position changes
3. A rise in basal body temperature
4. Saliva ferning
5. LH levels in urine
6. Slight spotting
7. Increased sexual desire
8. Heightened senses
9. Ovulation pain
10. Abdominal bloating
11. Breast tenderness
12. Nausea or headaches

Read on to learn how to identify these. Watch the quick videos too.

Learn the two days you need to have sex to get pregnant

The good news;

You're going to know more than 69% of women trying to conceive.

We asked 9,863 women who were trying to conceive, if they were aware of their natural fertility signs, only 31% said yes.

Natural Fertility Signs Survey Results

Did you know that you have a fertile window of only six days each cycle? This is due to the fact the sperm can survive for up to five days in optimal conditions (more on this later) and your egg can survive for up to 24 hours.

Your most fertile days are the two days leading up to ovulation day. Learn when this is for you.

The following chart represents chances of conception from sexual intercourse during your fertile window.

Chances of conception in relation to ovulation

What is ovulation?

Put simply, ovulation is the release of an egg from an ovary. The egg only lives for up to 24 hours unless fertilized. What's more, you only ovulate about 400 times in your lifetime.

When do you ovulate?

The short answer to this is most women ovulate 15 days before their next period. Calculate when you ovulate with our free tool, get started.

Here's why; The menstrual cycle is split into phases (you'll learn more about these below). The length of the phase after ovulation until the day before the next period (luteal phase) is normally between 12 and 16 days, with the average length being 14 days. The luteal phase remains fairly consistent for the same women. In contrast, the phase before ovulation (follicular phase) can vary from cycle to cycle for the same women.

The follicular phase begins on the first day of your period and ends on the day of ovulation. The luteal phase begins the day after ovulation until the day before your next period.

The image below will help you understand this further. Click on the image below to see a larger view.

Cycle Length, Varying Follicular Phase, Consistent Luteal Phases

This 15 day rule is based on the average. Once you know your luteal phase you will be able to calculate how many days before your next period you should ovulate.

Ovulation normally occues 15 days before your period

What are the symptoms of ovulation?

It's easier to identify these when you first understand the events that occur during the menstrual cycle.

Your menstrual cycle begins on the first day of your period and ends on the day before your next period.

The average cycle length is 28 days, but anything between 21 and 35 days is considered normal. For the purpose of describing the events, we will use a 28-day cycle.

The menstrual cycle is controlled by hormones and can be described as the event of changes which occur in the uterus and the ovary.

Pattern of events that happen in the uterus and ovary each cycle.

Cycle Days Uterus Ovary
1-5 At the beginning of each cycle, your uterus shreds the lining (endometrium) that was built in the previous cycle in preparation for a new lining. A few follicles (capsules, each containing an undeveloped egg) are stimulated to grow in the ovary. Only one will become the dominant follicle that will release its egg during this cycle. Learn more about follicle development.
6-12 A new lining begins to grow. The hormone estrogen causes the dominant follicle to quickly grow in size. Estrogen also causes your cervix to change and release cervical fluid. Explained later.
13-14 Ovulation Rising levels of estrogen trigger a surge of Luteinizing Hormone (LH) which provides the egg in the follicle with a final push to mature in the last 12-24 hours before it's released (ovulation).
15-20 The hormone progesterone causes the endometrium to thicken in preparation for implantation (when a fertilized egg attaches to the wall of the uterus). The released egg moves down the fallopian tube towards the uterus. The follicle (now called the corpus luteum) stays in the ovary and produces a hormone called progesterone. Progesterone is also responsible for your BBT to rise. Explained later.
21-28 if the egg was not fertilized Progesterone levels drop; the endometrium starts to break up until it can no longer support itself. The endometrium is shed again (the beginning of a new cycle). The corpus luteum stops producing progesterone.
21-28 if fertilization occurred Approx. 8 days after ovulation the fertilzed egg will attach to the wall of the uterus (implantation). The corpus luteum receives 'human chorionic gonadotropin' (hCG) from the embryo. hCG makes the corpus luteum keep producing progesterone for about another 8 weeks after which time the placenta takes over progesterone production throughout pregnancy.

The image below represents changes in the ovarian cycle, click it to zoom.

Ovarain cycle changes

And the following image represents changes in the uterine cycle, click it to zoom.

Uterine cycle changes

As mentioned, the table of events above represents what typically happens during a 28 day cycle. If your cycle is longer or shorter these events will happen on different cycle days.

An important note about cycle lengths: As mentioned above, cycle lengths vary from woman to woman and from cycle to cycle, however, the phase after ovulation until the next period, known as the luteal phase, is normally consistent for the same woman.

So, now that you know the events that occur during a menstrual cycle, let's take a look at the ovulation signs that can occur in relation to these events.

1. Cervical mucus

Cervical mucus, also know as cervical fluid (CF) is a perfectly natural and normal substance that is produced by glands in your cervix which is released into the vagina. It acts as both a barrier and a transport for sperm (depending on the phase in the cycle). It's made of about 93% water, reaching 98% mid cycle, and contains electrolytes, glucose and proteins.

During each cycle your cervical mucus goes through a pattern of changes under the influence of hormones.

The best way to check the consistency of cervical mucus is with your fingers, try to stretch your cervical mucus between your finger and thumb. We asked 9,812 women how they check their cervical mucus, here are the results.

Cervical Mucus Study Result

Dr Tash: Cervical Mucus & Predicting Ovulation

See our step-by-step guide for cervical mucus observations.

2. Cervix changes

The cervix plays a big role in the female reproductive system. Your cervix connects your vagina to your uterus and acts as a barrier which opens to allow sperm to enter your uterus when you're fertile and stays closed at other times.

You can learn when you're approaching ovulation by identifying the changes your cervix goes through.

We asked 9,823 women who were actively trying to conceive, if they were checking their cervix to learn when they were ovulating. Most said they didn't know how. Here are the results.

Cervical Monitoring Survey Results

Your cervix position, opening and texture changes during the fertile phase of your cycle. These changes can be observed by feeling your cervix. The changes are easy to learn, but should be observed over a few cycles to ensure you are confident in identifying the changes.

Before fertile phase

Before your fertile phase your cervix will feel hard (like the tip of your nose), lower in the vagina, closed and dry (cervical fluid has dried up).

Fertile phase

As you enter your fertile window and approach ovulation your cervix will change. It will feel softer (like your lips), higher, open and wet (due to the presence of cervical fluid). This is known as 'SHOW' (soft, high, open, wet).

After fertile phase

After ovulation the cervix reverts back to its infertile position. You are most fertile when your cervix is in the 'SHOW' state.

Quick video by Dr Tash: Monitoring Your Cervix

See our step-by-step guide for cervix observations.

3. Basal Body Temperature (BBT)

Your BBT is your lowest temperature at rest, usually when you are sleeping.

Tracking your BBT is one of the best ways to detect if and when you ovulated.

We asked 8,796 women who were trying to conceive, if they were tracking their BBT.

BBT Survey Results

Read on to learn why you should and how to track your BBT.

After ovulation, high levels of progesterone will cause your BBT to rise slightly and stay elevated until the end of your cycle (cycle days 15-20 in the events table). This natural fertility sign occurs after ovulation, so whilst you can't use it to help you this cycle, you can use it to help predict when you're fertile in future cycles.

The rise is only about 0.5 degrees F to 1.0 degrees F so you need to take your BBT with a digital thermometer that can measure to one tenth of a degree.

BBT thermometer

View detailed instructions on how to monitor your BBT, or see the overview below.

Starting from the first day of your period take your temperature each morning at the same time, as soon as you wake. It's important to take your temperature before it naturally increases from movements, so it's a good idea to set an alarm and take it before even sitting up in bed.

Take your temperature in your mouth by inserting the tip of the thermometer under your tongue and push it toward the back where the tongue meets the bottom of the mouth. Leave it in there long enough to get an accurate reading.

Do this each day and record the temperatures on a chart (there is one below you can download for free) or add them to your daily log in Ovulation Calculator. You will notice the temperature shifts and it stays higher until the end of your cycle. The shift happens about one to two days after ovulation.

Download BBT Chart

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Celsius Fahrenheit

4. Saliva ferning

A ferning pattern of your saliva is another possible sign of when ovulation is about to occur. There are special microscopes for this purpose, but you could technically use a toy microscope. A ferning pattern is a pattern that looks like frost on a windowpane. The ferning pattern appears during the LH surge (cycle days 13-24 in the events table), which occurs about 24-36 hours before ovulation.

Saliva OPK

5. LH levels in urine

Although not a natural sign of fertility without the aid of an ovulation prediction kit (OPK), this is a popular way for women to find out when they are about to ovulate.

There are two types of kit available, those that check urine, and those that check saliva. We have mentioned the saliva type above.

Urine based OPKs look for the LH surge (cycle days 13-14 in the events table). The LH surge happens about 24-36 hours before ovulation, so they can be a good indicator to when you're fertile.

OPK

How to use an OPK correctly

As mentioned, OPKs look for this surge in LH and will show a positive result when this surge is detected. A positive result is expected the day before you are going to ovulate. However, unlike pregnancy tests that are looking for a hormone that is ONLY released AFTER conception, traces of LH are in your urine all the time. For this reason it's important you follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully.

Most OPKs will advise that you do not urinate for at least 4 hours before testing. This is to ensure that the hormone level in your urine is concentrated enough. And you should use the test the same time each day for consistency. Many women find that first thing in the morning is convenient. But check the instructions carefully to see what the manufacture recommends.

You are looking for the first positive result, so you need to begin testing before you expect to be fertile and then test every day until you get the first positive result. This is to ensure you do not miss the surge. If you test too late you may have missed the surge, but not only that, you may not be able to tell if you are about to ovulate or if you have already ovulated as you can have an increase in LH in both cases.

Again, it is important that you begin testing until you get the FIRST positive result. You then know that you should be ovulating in about 24-36 hours.

How soon should I begin ovulation testing?

It depends on the kit you purchase. The following table is an example.

Cycle length Cycle day (CD) to begin testing
21 CD 6
22 CD 6
23 CD 7
24 CD 7
25 CD 8
26 CD 9
27 CD 10
28 CD 11
29 CD 12
30 CD 13
31 CD 14
32 CD 15
33 CD 16
34 CD 17
35 CD 18
36 CD 19
37 CD 20
38 CD 21
39 CD 22
40 CD 23

Types of urine based OPKs

There are two main types of urine based OPKs, paper / plastic strips and digital.

Paper / Plastic Strips
The paper and plastic strips can be used once. They have a control line and a result line. You dip the strip into a cup of urine for five seconds before checking the result. Some can be placed directly in your urine stream. A positive result is indicated when the result line is the same color or darker, than the control line.

How to use an OPK

Digital
The digital based kits show the result on a digital screen. Digital OPKs come with disposable test sticks that are fitted into the device before testing and then disposed of after testing.

Digital ovulation test kit

Quick video by Dr Tash: Using An OPK


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6. Slight spotting

Some women may experience slight spotting due to a drop of estrogen at the time of ovulation. The drop in estrogen causes the endometrium (uterus lining) to decrease a little, causing slight spotting known as ovulation bleeding. Learn more about spotting due to ovulation.

Saliva OPK

7. Increased sexual desire

Several studies have found that women experience an increase in sexual desire when they are most fertile, around the time of ovulation.

"Wild and thrilling sex is the key to conception"

8. Heightened senses

Hormone levels in a woman's body can influence a heightened sense of smell, taste or vision around ovulation time.

9. Ovulation pain

Some women can experience a sensation and or cramping type pain during ovulation. The pain is felt in the lower abdomen, on one side, being the side of the ovary releasing an egg. This pain is called mittelschmerz, which comes from the German words for "middle" and "pain."

See the image below to see the follicle rupturing and releasing its egg at ovulation.

Saliva OPK

10. Abdominal bloating

Another sign of ovulation is slight bloating. You may feel slightly bloated in the abdomen around the time of ovulation. This symptom can be caused by increased water retention due to a rise in the hormone estrogen.

11. Breast tenderness

Some women experience tenderness in their breasts just before or after ovulation. This is related to the hormones in your body, getting ready for ovulation and the potential of pregnancy.

12. Nausea or headaches

Some women feel nauseous or have headaches before ovulation, due to being sensitive to hormone changes.

Conclusion

Knowing when you're most fertile from your ovulation signs can increase your chances of getting pregnant sooner.

With a little bit of practice you'll get to know the pattern of events that happen each cycle and be able to pinpoint when you're ovulating.

The best time to have intercourse is in the two days leading up to ovulation day.

On average, women who use Ovulation Calculator get pregnant in 58 days versus the US National average of 180 days. Click here to get started.

 

To help you remember the natural fertility signs, take a look at the following infographic.

10 Signs of Ovulation Infographic

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  1. Florence Jul 18, 2016
    When should I stop having sex during ovulation?
    1. Sarah (OC Team): Hi, Are you trying to get pregnant or avoid getting pregnant? - (Jul 18, 2016)
    2. Debi: i want to prevent sex my problem is i dont no when is my safe periods - (Jul 19, 2016)
    3. Sarah (OC Team): Hi Debi, The 12 signs of ovulation above can also help you know when you're not in your fertile window. - (Jul 19, 2016)
    4. Progress: I really want to get pregnant, but I don't know if am ovulating or not. Before now, until I found this page, I didn't know how to calculate my ovulation. I started following, and I noticed a white egg like substance on the 17. - (Aug 20, 2016)
    5. Christina (OC Team): Here is some more information about what happens with cervical mucus and positioning during your cycle. https://www.ovulationcalculator.com/cervix-cervical-mucus/ You may find it helpful for tracking ovulation. Good luck! - (Aug 20, 2016)
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  2. Paulina Jul 19, 2016
    i am 42 years old, can i conceive?
    1. Sarah (OC Team): Hi Paulina, It depends on many things. Have you had a pregnancy to full-term before? How long have you been trying to conceive this time? Have you seen a fertility specialist? Please have a look at this article too: https://www.ovulationcalculator.com/fertility-older-age/ - (Jul 19, 2016)
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  3. Lydia Jul 19, 2016
    How can I conceive?
    1. Sarah (OC Team): Hi Lydia, Start by joining Ovulation Calculator and entering in your cycle details to find out when you're fertile. Then read our fertility knowledge, such as the article above to learn your natural fertility signs. We send new members our education series of emails too. Join by going to the home page. - (Jul 19, 2016)
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  4. Cherry Jul 22, 2016
    What should I do if am not ovulating?
    1. Sarah (OC Team): Hi Cherry, How do you know you're not ovulating? Do you have amenorrhea (lack of periods)? Or is is that you can not detect ovulation with any of above signs including BBT? Or something else? The first thing to do is go and speak to your doctor, they will be able to best advise tests / options. - (Jul 22, 2016)
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  5. Stella Jul 23, 2016
    Hello, I have taken microgynon for 1 year now. l started a new pack this month and stopped taking them after taking only 5 tabs so I stopped on 10/7/16 and my last periods started on 3/7/16 lasting 5 days and the next period is due on 31/7/16. I'm trying to get pregnant so I had sex on 11,12,13 of this month and I noticed I had bleeding on 14, 15 and 16 then I had sex on 17 all the way to today the 23/7/16 omitting only on 20. I'm sure I had some abdominal pain on 20,21,22 though it was slight pain on the left side.
    1. Can I really be pregnant even if I have been taking pills for one year. l really need a baby but am scared I took pills long enough, it's makings anxious n stressed.
    2.The bleeding that I had for 3 days is it withdrawal bleeding or implantation bleeding.
    3. My next period should start on 31/7/16 am really hopping for the best results.
    4. Can someone get pregnant immediately after stopping the pills.
    5. Av heard people saying that one can even end up missing their period.
    1. Sarah (OC Team): Hi Stella, 1. Yes you can get pregnant after stopping the pill. 2. It's hard to know, please read more about implantation bleeding here: https://www.ovulationcalculator.com/implantation-bleeding-or-period-quiz/ 4. Yes, it's possible. - (Jul 24, 2016)
    2. Stella: Hi Sarah, just needed some clarification, can I get pregnant immediately after stopping pills or it will take a while before I get pregnant. My periods are to start on 31/7/16 and I have done pregnancy test twice but all are negative or should I just wait till 31st. I have read the link you sent me, it was helpful, thanks alot. - (Jul 24, 2016)
    3. Sarah (OC Team): Yes, it's possible. It may take a few months for your cycle to return to normal, but it is possible that you ovulate and get pregnant straight away. You should test two weeks after ovulation. Note, it takes the average couple 6 cycles to get pregnant though. - (Jul 24, 2016)
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  6. Stella Jul 23, 2016
    Sarah, l have posted a question I hope to get some advice From you, will really appreciate. Thanks.
    Reply
  7. Stella Jul 24, 2016
    Thanks Sarah, I will read on the link you have posted for me, am really grateful.
    1. Sarah (OC Team): You're welcome. - (Jul 24, 2016)
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  8. Stella Jul 24, 2016
    Hi Sarah, just needed some clarification, can I get pregnant immediately after stopping pills or it will take a while before I get pregnant. My periods are to start on 31/7/16 and I have done pregnancy test twice but all are negative or should I just wait till 31st. I have read the link you sent me, it was helpful, thanks alot.
    1. Sarah (OC Team): Yes Stella, please see my response to your reply above, thanks. - (Jul 25, 2016)
    2. Stella: Hi Sarah, thanks for your response above, it is really helpful and thanks for your time also. - (Jul 26, 2016)
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  9. Ebong Jul 25, 2016
    It's a pleasure reading thru these.
    1. Sarah (OC Team): Glad you enjoyed it. - (Jul 28, 2016)
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  10. Diana Jul 28, 2016
    Can I get pregnant as soon as I take out my IUD? (paragard) I took it out on July 20, 2016. My last mentrual period was on July 13, 2016. According to the ovulation calendar, I was most fertile on July 26, 2016. I was intimate with my husband from the 22nd through the 26th (taking a break on the 25th).
    1. Sarah (OC Team): Yes Diana, it's possible to conceive right after removing the IUD. - (Jul 29, 2016)
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  11. Kat Jul 29, 2016
    How long do ovulation symptoms "linger" after ovulation has occurred? I believe I ovulated 2 days ago, and I had multiple ovulation symptoms, including positive OPK. One of these symptoms (tender breasts and nipples) just won`t go away.
    1. Sarah (OC Team): Some women experience sore breasts after ovulation right up until their next period, whilst others don't experience anything. It's normally due to hormone levels. - (Jul 31, 2016)
    Reply
  12. Aminat Aug 01, 2016
    I used to have about 9 of the ovulation sign mentioned. I even thought I was pregnant because of bodily changes, but I am surprised that my period started.

    Reply
  13. Balqees Aug 01, 2016
    Does having sex every day have any effect on pregnancy or ovulation?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Having sex every day during your fertile window could lead to pregnancy. - (Aug 01, 2016)
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  14. Balqees Aug 02, 2016
    I just got married 8 months back, and up until now I am not pregnant. The Doctor said we don't have any problem. So 2 months back, my sister prescribed Vitamin E for me. It changed my menstrual date and I also felt my stomach turning with pain, so I stopped it. I went back to my Doctor for a Pelvic scan, but he said nothing has happened to me. He advised me not to take the drug again. But until now, I am not pregnant and we have sex almost every day. Is there any other thing to do? Please advise me.
    1. Christina (OC Team): If you are tracking your cycle, try to time it so you have sex two days before you ovulate. Many researchers agree that this is your most fertile day. You may also find this article helpful. https://www.ovulationcalculator.com/increase-fertility/ Good luck! - (Aug 02, 2016)
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  15. Shamika Aug 02, 2016
    Hi.... I'm really anxious to get pregnant.

    I was on depo for 3 years and had my last shot on March 30 of this year. In the beginning of June, I had some light bleeding that lasted about 3 days. Then nothing for 4 days, and then bled for 5 days (that's how long my normal periods last). I started having unprotected sex on the 26th of June. My menstral period came 28 days later on July 15.
    1. Sarah (OC Team): Best of luck Shamika. - (Aug 03, 2016)
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  16. Mina Aug 02, 2016
    In my fertile period, like the signs say here, I loved sex. It was unlike other days when I felt sex was dry and painful. But I did not see any egg white mucus or lots of discharge. I saw some discharge, but not whitish. It was watery and wet my underwear. My question is, did I ovulate?
    1. Christina (OC Team): It's difficult to say when or whether you ovulated based on this information, but there are ways you can keep better track in the future. 1. Use an over-the-counter ovulation predictor kit 2. Check cervical mucus and position https://www.ovulationcalculator.com/knowledge/ 3. Chart Basal Body Temperature https://www.ovulationcalculator.com/basal-body-temperature/ - (Aug 04, 2016)
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  17. Stella Aug 03, 2016
    Hi Sarah,

    I posted my concerns on the 23rd of July and you told me I may or may not be pregnant. My period was supposed to start on the 31st of July. If I calculate it from the last day I had my normal period, which was on the 3rd of July, and it lasted 5 days (ignoring the day I had my withdrawal bleeding on the 14th to 16th of July because I didn't count it as my day of last period. Instead I used the 3rd of July). I don't know if that's the way to count when next cycle will be. I stand to be corrected if am wrong. My cycle is normally 28 days.
    On the 31st of July, l missed my period, and on the 2nd of August, which was yesterday, I had some bleeding. It's very little. I am just wearing a panty liner. It was brownish red, not regular. It's on and off and I am having mild cramps. On my periods, I normally have bad cramps and I take mefenamic tablets 3 times a day because they are normally unbearable. But the bleeding that started yesterday. It's just mild cramps and the pain isn't increasing so I haven't taken any tablets.
    1. Sarah (OC Team): Hi Stella, you count the first day of your period as cycle day one. The last day of your cycle is the day before your next period starts. If your period ended on 3rd of July for a duration of 5 days, then that would mean your cycle started on 29th June. - (Aug 03, 2016)
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  18. Stella Aug 03, 2016
    NB,CONTINUATION OF TODAY.

    Today is the second day of my period, and it's normally heavy, but today it's light with mild cramps. I stopped my microgynon pills on the 10th of July after taking it for 1 year. From the 11th to 27nd of July, I had sexual intercourse for 11 out of 17 days. I have been having mild stomach cramps for 8 days, since the 21st of July, on different days up to today.

    I took a clear blue digital pregnancy test today, but I didn't use the first morning urine, and it said not pregnant.

    So am wondering if my hormones are just playing with my mind or if I am just obsessed with getting pregnant. I am still having that little bleeding with mild cramps instead of the strong cramps am used to, so I am not taking any tablets.

    Any advice gotten from you will be appreciated.

    I am so anxious and stressed. Please, your advice will be appreciated.
    1. Christina (OC Team): This quiz can help you determine whether you are dealing with implantation bleeding or ovulation. https://www.ovulationcalculator.com/implantation-bleeding-or-period-quiz/ - (Aug 04, 2016)
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  19. Melissa Aug 03, 2016
    Hi, I had my period on July 25th. Can someone just tell me the days I should have sex, lol. I'm trying to concieve as soon as possible because my spouse gave me a time limit. I know it sounds crazy, but we already have 6 kids and he doesn't really want another, but I really do!
    1. Christina (OC Team): Hi Melissa, We would need more information to estimate your most fertile days. I suggest you set up an account at www.ovulationcalculator.com and use the calculator. I think you'll find it very helpful. - (Aug 04, 2016)
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  20. Franca Aug 04, 2016
    I had my period on the 18th of July, but it was very light and brownish. For over a year, my period has gone from normal blood flow to a light brownish discharge every month. After my period, I was intimate with my hubby from the 25th to 31st of July with a 29 day cycle. I tested my ovulation with a testing strip. It was negative on the 2nd of August. I repeated the test on the 3rd of August. It came out positive without any egg white stretchy cervical fluid, but I had abdominal pain and a strong urge for sex. Could I be pregnant from the days of sexual activity mentioned? And does that day of ovulation without cervical fluid show that I was fertile?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Most women ovulate within 12 to 72 hours of getting their first positive result on an ovulation predictor kit (OPK). Egg white cervical mucus usually appears the day before you ovulate (on your most fertile day). So, it's not necessarily unusual that you didn't see egg white cervical mucus when you saw your first positive OPK If you got a positive result on the OPK, you were in your fertile window and could possibly be pregnant from the sexual activity mentioned. Take a look at this article that explains what happens to cervical mucus within your fertile window: https://www.ovulationcalculator.com/cervix-cervical-mucus/ - (Aug 04, 2016)
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  21. Mzet Aug 04, 2016
    I used the ovulation calendar. My OD is today. On the 4th of August, I have been having intercourse daily until today. Yesterday and today, I'm passing a lot of gas. Is it caused by ovulation? And I'm having lower abdominal pain at my right side.
    1. Christina (OC Team): Gas isn't a known symptom of ovulation, but abdominal pain and cramping could be mittelschmerz. However, if it is severe or you are concerned, talk to your doctor. - (Aug 04, 2016)
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  22. Mzet Aug 04, 2016
    Thanks for your response. Anyway, if I concieve during this period, what is the best day to perform a pregnancy test?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Most pregnancy tests will detect pregnancy at two weeks after conception. But for the most accurate results, test the day after your missed period. - (Aug 04, 2016)
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  23. Mzet Aug 04, 2016
    Thanks, Christina. I will update you. Hope I made it this time, lol.
    Reply
  24. EUCHARIA Aug 10, 2016
    I had my period on the first of August. I want to know when to start expecting my ovulation. I want to get pregnant this month.
    1. Christina (OC Team): This depends on a lot of things, especially the length of your cycle. If you have a 28-day cycle, you could possibly ovulate between the 13th and 17th of this month. Keep in mind that your fertile window includes the six days up to and including the day you ovulate. In order to ensure you are trying in your fertile window, I recommend using an OPK and/or tracking cervix changes. Here is more information on how to do the latter. https://www.ovulationcalculator.com/cervix-cervical-mucus/ - (Aug 10, 2016)
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  25. Keller Aug 10, 2016
    I had a miscarriage on June 24, 2016, which was very unexpected. No signs of an unhealthy pregnancy and my previous pregnancy went perfectly. I believe had my first period a month later on July 24, 2016. My calendar said that I should ovulate around August 5, 2016. I have had some spotting with a fair amount of blood when I wipe but none on my underwear about 5 to 10 days after the end of my last period. My cervical mucus is sticky and milky consistency. I have been taking the ovulation test that detect a rise in both estrogen and LH. The test detected a rise in the estrogen for about a week, but it still says that I haven't had a rise in LH. I heard you were more fertile after birth/miscarriage since your cervix is open....? Can you ovulate without LH? Do you think that something is wrong with my cycle now? I've always be right on time with everything on my cycle. When should I expect to ovulate?
    1. Christina (OC Team): It sounds like you haven't ovulated yet. The best way to tell if you have ovulated is to chart BBT. More on that here: https://www.ovulationcalculator.com/basal-body-temperature/ Also, have a look at this article about cervical mucus for more information on evaluating consistency at various stages of your cycle. https://www.ovulationcalculator.com/cervix-cervical-mucus/ - (Aug 11, 2016)
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  26. Swarthy Aug 11, 2016
    I had my period on the 10th of August. My flow normally last for 5 days, and my cycle is 28 days. When will I likely ovulate? I really want to get pregnant. Thanks in anticipation.
    1. Christina (OC Team): Most women will ovulate 12-16 days before their next cycle begins, so that puts your ovulation between the 22nd and 26th. If you put your cycle information into Ovulation Calculator, you can track when you ovulate and get more accurate predictions. Good luck! - (Aug 11, 2016)
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  27. Sharon Aug 12, 2016
    Question, I got off birth control on July 25th. I got my period on July 30th to August 2nd. I was intimate with my husband August 3rd, and took a ovulation test on the 6th. No surge. Then on the 7th, I got a positive lh surge. Then I was intimate on the 8th. Could I have a chance of getting pregnant? This was my first time trying and using an ovulation kit to get pregnant. I seemed to have ovulated earlier than I thought, so we weren't prepared to be more intimate during the days before my LH surge. Did I miss my window ?
    1. Christina (OC Team): When you get your first positive, that means you are about to ovulate soon (it's not necessarily the day you ovulate), so having sex on that day would have been within your fertile window. Good luck! - (Aug 12, 2016)
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  28. Lavender Aug 18, 2016
    I used depo three times and stopped in January 2016 when I was supposed to go back for an injection on 20th the same month. I have been having periods since then. The last period I had was on 7th-11th of August 2016. It was a duration of five days. I am anxious to get pregnant. When is my most fertile window? Please tell me the day I can try and get pregnant.
    1. Christina (OC Team): Use the Ovulation Calculator in your account to help track your most fertile days. Good luck! - (Aug 18, 2016)
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  29. Omotoyosi Aug 18, 2016
    Hi, I had my period on the 30th of July and it lasted for 5 days. I don't really know how to calculate my cycle. Please, when will I ovulate?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Hi, One of the best ways to track ovulation is with BBT Charting. More info here: https://www.ovulationcalculator.com/basal-body-temperature/ You can also check for signs of cervical mucus and position changes. https://www.ovulationcalculator.com/cervix-cervical-mucus/ Or use an OPK (ovulation predictor kit). Good luck! - (Aug 18, 2016)
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  30. Jennifer Aug 18, 2016
    Hi, I had my period on the 5th of August. It lasted three days and my cycle is 28 days. I had sex on the 17th.
    1. Christina (OC Team): It is more reliable to track ovulation via OPK, charting BBT or tracking cervical mucus than to go by dates alone. Here is an article you may find helpful https://www.ovulationcalculator.com/basal-body-temperature/ Log your ovulation into your account here and the app will better predict future ovulation dates. Good luck! - (Aug 19, 2016)
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  31. Faith Aug 19, 2016
    TTC for a year now. 31 days cycle and have been on clomid this month. I took it on CD5 to CD7. I had sex 2 days before ovulation. Now am on CD22 with a slight nipple pain and abdominal pain when I touch it.
    1. Christina (OC Team): Sometimes, the early signs of pregnancy can be confused with menstrual symptoms. Have a look at this article to see if this is in line with what you are experiencing. https://www.ovulationcalculator.com/early-signs-pregnancy/ And good luck when you test! - (Aug 19, 2016)
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  32. Sally Aug 20, 2016
    Hi. I fell pregnant in January, which was the first time we had unprotected sex in years. Then I misscarried in April. My periods started again on the 14th of May. Ever since May, I've been trying to get pregnant. I
    somehow noticed that I get ovualtion pains, and when I take an ovualtion predictor test, its negative. It's only positive maybe 5 days after i get ovualtion pains. Is this normal?
    1. Christina (OC Team): I'm sorry for your loss. Some women have more success with OPKs than others. I'd suggest tracking BBT https://www.ovulationcalculator.com/basal-body-temperature/ Good luck! - (Aug 20, 2016)
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  33. Barryshem Aug 21, 2016
    Hi, My husband and I have been trying for a baby since we got married two years ago. I want to know the actual day to have intercourse after my period. Is it immidately or two days after my period?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Log your cycle data into your account here and you will get a prediction. To improve the accuracy of this prediction, continue to log information, such as the signs of ovulation in this article. If you have a short cycle, you could ovulate soon after your period. But you can't predict your ovulation date based on the number of days after your period. You can learn more about your cycle here: https://www.ovulationcalculator.com/ovulation/ Good luck! - (Aug 22, 2016)
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  34. Jennifer Aug 22, 2016
    Hi, I had my period on the 5th of August. It lasted 3 days and my cycle is 28 days. I had sex on the 17th.
    1. Christina (OC Team): Based on your cycle dates, it's definitely possible that you had sex within your fertile window. However, if you want to be certain, track ovulation. Look for the signs and symptoms mentioned in this article and log your results into your account here. You may also chart BBT to help improve the accuracy of your prediction. https://www.ovulationcalculator.com/basal-body-temperature/ Good luck! - (Aug 22, 2016)
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  35. Thalia Aug 23, 2016
    Hi, on March 7, 2016, at 6 months pregnant, I had a miscarriage. I have been trying to conceive for 2 months and no luck. I just need help and to know how to conceive.
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  36. Hi Aug 24, 2016
    Hi, I have been trying to conceive for 8 months now and my period is not on a 28-day cycle. So, what do I do?
    1. Christina (OC Team): The best thing you can do to boost your chances is to track ovulation and have sex in your fertile window. Try charting BBT or using an OPK. More info here https://www.ovulationcalculator.com/basal-body-temperature/ - (Aug 24, 2016)
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  37. Everly Aug 24, 2016
    Hi, am Everly. I have been trying to conceive for about three (3) years now without success. I went for a fibroid operation last year, and have been on some fertility drugs. Hoping for the best.

    Your kind advice and assistance would be appreciated
    1. Christina (OC Team): It sounds like you have the support of your doctor, which is great. Have a look at these tips for helping improve your chances of conceiving. https://www.ovulationcalculator.com/get-pregnant/ Good luck! - (Aug 24, 2016)
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