Ovulation. How do I know when I'm ovulating

Whether you are seeking pregnancy or avoiding it, knowing the exact time of ovulation is essential. Not all women are equally regular, and for that reason You do not always ovulate within 14 days of menstruation.

We answer here the eternal question of many women: How do I know when I'm ovulating? Pay attention to all these signs that indicate that you are at the most fertile time of your cycle.

The fertility cycle of a woman lasts about 28 days, so the time of ovulation should be between days 14 and 16 of the cycle, but this is not always the case. The moment of ovulation indicates the moment in which the ovum descends from the ovary towards the fallopian tubes, where it waits to be fertilized or, on the contrary, to be expelled abroad.

This phase of a woman's fertility cycle, which reproduces month after month, is accompanied by certain symptoms that can help you realize that you are ovulating and therefore, at the time of maximum fertility. Pay attention to all these symptoms that indicate that you are ovulating:

1. Abdominal bloating. Although it is most evident in the days leading up to menstruation, many women also notice a slightly swollen belly at the time of ovulation.

2. Increased sensitivity in the breasts. During ovulation, the breast feels tighter and firmer. Some women also notice it much more sensitive.

3. Increased sexual desire. Hormones play an important role here. The egg waits to be fertilized, and is at the moment of maximum fertility. It sends signals to the brain and it is responsible for producing hormones that increase sexual desire.

4. Increased vaginal discharge. The discharge or 'cervical mucus' changes in texture, quantity and even color. It becomes more transparent and 'sticky'. Its function is to keep alive and help the sperm to reach the egg, hence also increasing the amount of flow.

5. Slight staining. Many women experience very light bleeding during ovulation.

6. Pain on one side of the pelvic area. The pain during this phase comes in the form of stitches in the lower part of the belly. Many women are able to tell which ovary they are ovulating from by locating where their pain is coming from.

7. Increased acuity in senses like smell, taste and vision

8. Food-related cravings. Perhaps due to anxiety, the woman may also experience certain cravings related to certain foods during ovulation.

9. Increase in basal temperature. If a woman is able to consistently take her basal temperature, she will find that it rises right at the time of ovulation. It is very subtle, but a fairly clear indicator that you are at the time of maximum fertility. In fact, it has been proven that the basal temperature during ovulation can increase between 0.5 and 1ÂșC.

Another of the most frequently asked questions about ovulation is: how long does it last? The ovulation phase lasts around 24 hours. It is the moment in which more vaginal discharge is secreted, since the phoniculus breaks and leaves one of the ovaries until it descends to the fallopian tubes.

During these 24 hours, the body produces more hormones progesterone and estrogen, in an attempt to prepare the uterine walls for the possibility of the fertilized ovum arriving.

Do you know why during these 24 hours of ovulation you secrete more vaginal discharge? Because it is in charge of catching and helping the sperm to reach the egg so that they can fertilize it.

If after that ovulation period, the ovum was not fertilized, the corpus luteum (it is called that as the ovum has not been fertilized) deteriorates little by little. Estrogen and progesterone levels drop and the premenstrual phase begins, which lasts approximately 12-13 days. During this stage following ovulation, the woman feels more fatigue, bloating, anxiety, and irritability.

After the premestrual phase, menstruation or 'rule' will arrive, which is nothing other than the expulsion of the corpus luteum. This phase lasts between 5 and 7 days approximately.

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