3 Natural Signs of Ovulation – The Best Time to Get Pregnant

These natural signs of ovulation are an alternative to ovulation predictor kits. The best time to get pregnant is when you’re ovulating; the signs of ovulation are easy to spot – if you know what you’re looking for!

“Your menstrual cycle can basically be divided into three phases: the pre-ovulatory infertile phase, the fertile phase, and the post-ovulatory infertile phase,” write the doctors in Our Bodies, Our Selves. “You can determine which of the phases you are in by observing the three primary fertility signs: waking temperature, cervical fluid, and cervical position.”

Our Bodies, Ourselves: A New Edition for a New Era is a valuable resource for women’s health, for everything from female infertility to navigating the health care system.

And here are three signs of optimal fertility for women…

3 Natural Signs of Ovulation – The Best Time to Get Pregnant

These signs of ovulation will help you predict when you’re ovulating, but they do take practice. For easier (and sometimes more effective) ways to predict ovulation, read 3 Easy Ways to Predict When You Are Ovulating.

Waking Temperature. When you’re not ovulating, your waking body temperature is about 97.0 to 97.5 Fahrenheit. When you are ovulating, your body temperature should rise to about 97.6 to 98.6 degrees.

“The important concept to understand is the pattern of lows and highs that your temperatures exhibit,” write the experts in Our Bodies, Our Selves. “The sustained rise in waking temperature almost always indicates that ovulation has occurred. It does not reveal impending ovulation, as do the other two fertility signs (cervical fluid and cervical position).”

Cervical Fluid. Before you ovulate, your body produces cervical fluid. This fluid encourages the sperm to reach the egg – it creates an alkaline environment. Cervical fluid nourishes the sperm and acts as a filtering mechanism.

As you approach ovulation and your estrogen rises, your cervical fluid will become more evident. It’s first a sticky, and then a creamy, discharge. The final phase of cervical fluid is a clear, slippery, stretchy substance (similar to raw egg white). This natural sign of ovulation indicates that it’s the best time to get pregnant.

Cervical Position. This is the hardest-to-spot sign of ovulation; you might need to practice finding the cervical positions that are meaningful. You cervix prepares for pregnancy every month by becoming soft and “mushy”, rising a little higher, and opening up. Increasing estrogen levels cause the cervix to change angle as well, and to emit fertile cervical fluid.

To determine if your cervical position is indicating ovulation, you need to become familiar with your va-jay-jay. Before you know it, you’ll be able to physically feel when it’s the best time to get pregnant!

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6 thoughts on “3 Natural Signs of Ovulation – The Best Time to Get Pregnant”

  1. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Dear Sarah,

    I’m so sorry to hear what a difficult time you’re having getting pregnant.

    Has your husband had a sperm test done? If a couple can’t get pregnant, there’s a 33% chance that his sperm may be the issue. And, there’s a 33% chance that it’s “unexplained infertility”, which means the doctors don’t know why the couple can’t conceive a child.

    If your husband hasn’t had a sperm test, it’d be good if he had one.

    Let me know how it goes.


  2. hi,

    Me and my husband are trying to get pregnant again, coz in 2007 i had a misciarage of one month and a half pregnancy. it was awfull, but we recovered. We dont take any medications and we dont have family problems (who cant have kids) but i am really worried we re despretally to have a child. i made a check up on last august i had everything ok. please help!

  3. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Hi Emily,

    I don’t know if his medication is affecting his sperm count or your ability to get pregnant…it depends on the dosage, his genetics, and his lifestyle. The best person to answer your question would be his doctor, or a fertility specialist.

    And remember — it takes most couples a year to get pregnant, on average! So keep your eye on those signs of ovulation (the ovulation strips can be very effective), and enjoy the process of trying to get pregnant…

    Good luck; and if you haven’t gotten pregnant in the next few months, think about talking to a fertility specialist.


  4. My husband and I are trying to get pregnant. We’ve been trying for about 3 months now and no luck. I have bought ovulation strips at the store to determine when I’m ovulating. My husband is on medication for pain as well as medication for anxiety, could this medication have something to do with his sperm count. I have 2 children already and we are working on a third. This will be his first child. But I was just wondering about the medication, if it could have anything to do with me getting pregnant. The medication he is on is Percocet and Xanax. Please Help!!!

  5. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Hi Anabel,

    Three years is a long time to be trying to get pregnant! It sounds like you might need to talk to a doctor or fertility specialist…

    Regarding cervical position: I don’t know how to determine it, other than by asking your doctor to check it. I think you’d have to be very adept and very knowledgeable about your body to find it yourself.

    Good luck…and I encourage you to think about seeing a doctor and perhaps taking some male and female fertility tests.


  6. hi i have a question hoe do i find my cervical position? we have been trying to have a 2nd baby for about 3 years now and no luck we need help.