What are the signs of ovulation?

Tracking ovulation is one of the most important steps when trying to conceive. You can easily do it by following ovulation days, using various ovulation trackers, and observing ovulation symptoms. In this article, we'll share the most common signs of ovulation experienced by most women to make your conception journey easier.

Published on:Aug 14th 2023 |Updated on:May 10th 2024
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 What is ovulation?

Women experience ovulation every month from puberty until menopause. It is the process of releasing the mature egg from the ovary, which is ready for fertilization. When your body is ready for ovulation, you may notice some signs and symptoms, which we will highlight in this article.

The importance of tracking ovulation

Planning for pregnancy

 Knowing your ovulation date is crucial if you're trying to conceive; your fertility peaks in the few days leading up to and during ovulation. Sperm can live inside the female reproductive system for up to five days, but the egg remains viable for about 12-24 hours after ovulation. Therefore, having intercourse on the days before and on the day of ovulation increases your chances of pregnancy.

Natural birth control

 Some couples use ovulation tracking as a natural birth control method by avoiding intercourse during this fertility window. However, this method is less effective than other contraceptive methods, like condoms or hormonal methods like birth control pills or IUDs.

Monitoring reproductive health

 Regular ovulation and menstrual cycles are essential indicators of healthy reproductive health. Irregular periods or ovulation may indicate health issues like polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis, thyroid disorders, or other hormonal disorders.

Treating menstrual disorders

 Understanding your ovulation patterns can assist your gynecologist in diagnosing and treating any underlying condition.

Assisting in fertility treatments

 Tracking ovulation is vital for couples undergoing fertility treatments. Procedures like IVF or artificial insemination require precise timing based on ovulation.

Main signs of ovulation

Increased vaginal discharge

 You might notice that your vaginal discharge becomes clearer and thicker, like egg whites. This mucus helps sperm travel and reach the ready-to-be-fertilized egg, increasing the chances of conception.

Intermittent abdominal pain on one side

 Some women experience mild, intermittent pain on one side of the lower abdomen, known as ovulation pain.

Increased sex drive

 Some women report increased libido during ovulation due to elevated Estrogen and testosterone levels.


 Breast or nipple sensitivity may increase.

Slight abdominal bloating

This occurs due to hormonal changes during ovulation, particularly elevated Estrogen levels.

Changes in basal body temperature

 Your basal body temperature might rise slightly after ovulation.

Light vaginal bleeding

 This is a rare ovulation symptom; you might see a few blood spots or pink or brown vaginal discharge.

Headaches and nausea

 Some women complain of nausea and headaches during ovulation due to hormonal changes.

Enhanced senses

 Hormonal changes might heighten your senses, making you more sensitive to certain smells and tastes.

For more information on ovulation days, read an article by fertility expert Dr. Boahira Al-gaiyushi through this link.


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