Each month an egg is released from the ovaries. This egg travels into the fallopian tubes, which connect the ovaries to the uterus (womb). This is called ovulation. You’re most likely to get pregnant if you have sex within a day or so of ovulation. Ovulation usually happens about 12-16 days after the first day of your last period.
An egg lives for about 12-24 hours after it’s released and in order to conceive, a sperm must fertilise the egg within this time. With such a short window of opportunity it is good to have a rough idea of when you are ovulating each month. Here are some signs to look out for 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.
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.
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.
Tracking your cycle can help with fertility. To give you the best chance of getting pregnant, our ovulation calculator tells you when you’re most likely to be fertile.