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Symptoms Of Ovulation

While in some animals there are outward signs when they are ovulating, humans have what it sometimes called concealed ovulation. What this means is that the signs are all inward, and can only be detected by the woman herself. There are certain things you can watch for to determine whether you are ovulating. Cervical mucus, change in your basal temperature or cervical position, or a positive result on an ovulation test can all help you learn when you are at your most fertile times.

You even can look at your saliva under a microscope for signs of a ferning pattern, which can be another of the symptoms of ovulation. This pattern is similar to the thin branching of frost on a window. This method is very unreliable, however, as it only occurs in certain women, and even those women sometimes have difficulty deciphering whether the pattern is occurring.


Ovulation discharge, sometimes called ovulation mucus or cervical mucus, varies in color and texture throughout your menstrual cycle. When this discharge becomes clear and thin, it is often one of the symptoms of ovulation. While this method has been said to give a high accuracy level of up to 98.5%, there is always a possibility that your cervical mucus will give you all the signs of it being a fertile period for you when in actuality it is not.

While every woman's cervical mucus is different, and it is important when using this method to learn what yours looks like, there are some general signs to watch for. When your discharge is thick, yellow, sticky or dry, you are almost certainly in an infertile period.

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If you have cervical mucus during your menstrual period, this also does not mean that you are fertile. However, when your mucus is thin, the color of a raw egg white, and is very abundant, your chances of getting pregnant during this time are very high.


For some women, fatigue can be one of the symptoms of ovulation. Although you may not find medical reports on this fact, there have been several women who have noticed fatigue coincides with when they know they are ovulating or close to it. It is important to keep in mind that fatigue may also be a sign of a reproductive condition called endometriosis. This condition causes the tissues that usually line the uterus to instead grow in the ovaries or in the fallopian tube, and could be a cause of infertility. Additionally, there can be many reasons to feel fatigue, such as stress, lack of sleep, or busyness. This should not be the only symptom you watch for when trying to learn when your chances of getting pregnant are at their highest. Keep track of your ovulation in other ways, and after a few cycles you will learn whether fatigue is connected to your ovulation period, or if it is simply a coincidence.


A slight bleeding or spotting in the middle of your menstrual cycle, but not during your period, can also be one of the symptoms of ovulation. This bleeding will be lighter than that you experience during your period, and will be a pink or red color. Spotting during your ovulation should only last one or two days. If it lasts longer and you know it is not your period, it could be another sign of endometriosis. This symptom is likely related to your follicle maturing and being released from your ovary, and pain may accompany the bleeding.


You may be one of the women who feels pain during ovulation. This is nothing to be concerned about, and in most cases is simply another of the many symptoms of ovulation. The pain may be sharp to a dull ache. If you feel cramping in your lower abdomen, this is called mittelschmerz, or mid-cycle, pain.