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.”
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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.
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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!