In the mood

When it comes to getting pregnant, few things are more important than knowing when the woman experiences ovulation each month. There are many ways to know, including fairly accurate home ovulation kits (provided you follow the directions carefully). However, your body gives you several clues, which include:

Changes in cervical mucus. Throughout your cycle, your cervical mucus changes in consistency and amount discharged. When you are not ovulating, you may have no cervical mucus, or it could be sticky or creamy in consistency. However, as you progress in your cycle toward ovulation, your mucus changes the consistency to clear and runny, much like an egg white. This change is to facilitate the sperms’ journey into the cervix and up to the fallopian tube. Some experts believe this is the most accurate indicator for timing sex to get pregnant.

Position of your cervix. Just like the cervical mucus goes through changes, so too does the cervix itself. When you are ovulating, your cervix positions itself higher, feels softer and is more open than the rest of the cycle. All you need to do is feel for it to change and time your intercourse accordingly.

Spike in your body’s basal temperature. The body basal temperature (BBT) is the temperature when your body is at rest. When you ovulate, the BBT rises. Many women participate in BBT charting to discover when they ovulate. To do this, take your temperature right when you wake up, before you even sit up or get out of bed. Then, record it on a chart to see the rise in temperature. Unfortunately, this sign indicates that ovulation has occurred and didn’t give you any clues beforehand (i.e., small increases leading up to the spike, etc.).

Experiencing breast tenderness. As a result of changing hormones, some women describe having breast tenderness during ovulation. However, this sign is not the same for all women, nor does it occur at the same point for all women, either.

Feeling “in the mood.” There are a number of clinical ways to track the progress of your cycle. However, one way to know you might be about to ovulate is that you feel like having sex. Research has shown women’s libidos increase when their luteinizing hormones (LH) peak, which occurs right before a woman ovulates. Being “in the mood” is not a scientific indication that you are ovulating, of course, but combined with the other indicators, it can be further proof that ovulation is imminent.

Knowing when you can get pregnant is an important part of conception. Therefore, understanding your body’s cycle for ovulation is key for couples that are trying to conceive. Keep track of these clues to understand when you can get pregnant — including when you feel “in the mood” — and you will have much better timing this month.

Sources:

Gurevich, Rachel. “In the Mood? You May Be Ovulating!” infertility.about.com. 10 February 2011. Web. 2 August 2015
http://infertility.about.com/od/researchandstudies/qt/ovulationsex.htm

“Fertility Awareness and Ovulation Signs.” www.m.webmd.com. Web. 2 August 2015.
http://www.m.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/fertility-awareness?page=14