When a woman ovulates, hormonal changes take places that cause a number of physical symptoms. By paying attention to your body, you can tell when you are most fertile and close to ovulating. Read on to see the top 5 signs of high fertility.
Egg-White Cervical Mucous. A woman’s body prepares for ovulation by producing cervical fluid that is ideal for transporting sperm. Prior to ovulation cervical fluid is sticky, tacky or thick. This type of fluid is hostile to sperm because sperm essentially get stuck in the thick fluid and can’t make it to the egg. EWCM (egg-white cervical mucus) is thin, stretchy and looks like egg-white. It helps sperm to glide through the vagina and up to the awaiting egg.
Feeling Wetter. Not only does cervical fluid become thinner and stretchier as ovulation approaches, it also becomes more abundant. A woman may not be able to tell if her cervical mucus has changed to the right type of mucus, but she should be able to observe how her body feels. When she is fertile she will feel wetter and her vagina will feel more lubricated during sex.
Breast Tenderness. Right after you ovulate, your progesterone levels go up. If you keep a fertility chart, you can see that progesterone causes your temperature to rise slightly just after ovulation. This increase in progesterone may be what causes your breasts to feel tender during ovulation. Some women notice breast tenderness, similar to premenstrual breast tenderness, right around the time they ovulate.
Cervix is High, Soft and Open. The position of your cervix can also tell you if you are fertile. Right after you have your period, your cervix will feel low, hard, and closed. As ovulation approaches, your cervix will move higher up and feel soft and mushy. It will also feel more open. To check your cervix, make sure your hands are clean and then squat or place one leg on the toilet or bath tub. Reach inside your vagina – you may have to reach very far up – and feel for a lump that has a little opening. Take your time and feel around.
Increased Sex Drive. If you’re feeling frisky, it could be because you are ovulating. Women often notice an increased sex drive around ovulation. Researchers studied women and their sex drive in relationship to ovulation. They tracked women’s LH levels (a key hormone that surges just before ovulation) and when the women had intercourse.