Motherhood is the one thing that most women desire to attain. Becoming a mother is one of the most natural and primal needs for the female species. Our bodies are made in such a way that every organ and function is eventually directed at nurturing and giving birth to a baby. But what we do not realize is that the incidence of failed conception is a very common thing.
In the movies a woman seems to become pregnant the minute she decides to have a baby. But this is not true in real life because there are so many problems that she encounters in her quest for conception. The most important thing to remember for a couple that is planning a family is that timing is everything. A baby can only be conceived if sexual intercourse is indulged at the right time in the menstrual cycle. It is a misconception that all women have a 28 day menstrual cycle because this period can differ from one woman to the next.
A menstrual cycle can range from anywhere between 25 days and 45 days. A baby can only be conceived when the egg is released from the ovaries. This process is known as ovulation because the eggs are known as ova or ovum. Ovulation generally happens halfway through the menstrual cycle. Two hormones called estrogen and progesterone are released into the bloodstream and then go on to induce the ovulation process. Once the egg is released, it waits for a little less than 24 hours for sperm to come and fertilize it.
The life of a released egg is very short and fertilization has to be almost immediate. Only one egg (two eggs in very rare cases) is released during each cycle because a woman is born with a fixed number of eggs in her ovaries. Even if sexual intercourse takes place a little before ovulation, fertilization may still take place. This is because sperm can survive inside the body for up to days.
For any woman who is trying to get pregnant it is very essential to be aware of the different signs that the body gives us to indicate that the egg has been released and the process of ovulation is either imminent or complete. Nowadays there are medical ovulation kits that are available in the market which can determine the stage of ovulation but natural physical signs of ovulation are just as easy to recognize. It is therefore important to know these signs and symptoms.
Common Signs Symptoms of Ovulation
Here is a list of commonly seen signs and symptoms of ovulation that a woman may notice in the middle of her menstrual cycle.
Discharge from the Vagina
This is one of the most accurate ways to tell whether you are ovulating or not. All women have some sort of discharge or the other all through the menstrual cycle. The color and consistency of this discharge changes during stages of the cycle. When the ovaries release the eggs, the discharge will suddenly become thinner and clearer.
This is to enable easy and quick passage of the egg from the fallopian tubes and into the uterus. This change is quite distinctive because before ovulation the discharge is usually thick and looks like mucus.
Increased Sexual libido
Ovulation is triggered off due to the sudden gush of different hormones and chemicals in the body. The body releases the egg and then waits for the sperm. It is a natural reaction of the body to need sexual intercourse so as to facilitate fertilization. This is a very primal urge of a woman.
This is why most women will feel that they have an increased urge to indulge in sexual intercourse which will make them pregnant. This may not be noticed by all women but a majority of them do report this symptom.
Many women have another very peculiar symptom of ovulation. This symptom is that they start feeling that they can feel, smell and taste things much better than normal. The taste and smell of different foods seems to be heightened mainly due to hormonal changes in the body. They may also find certain smells and tastes off-putting. This is very similar to symptoms of early pregnancy as well.
Most women notice a dull and throbbing pain in their lower abdomen and pelvic area around the same time that ovulation is supposed to take place.
This is mainly caused due to the movement of the uterus and ovaries in the effort to release the ova. The pain does not last for more than a day and can be experienced as severe cramps by some women.
Basal body Temperature
Basal body thermometer is a sensitive thermometer that can be used to keep a track of the ovulation timing. The body has a very fine tuned temperature control system which keeps itself in tune with its needs and functions. It has been seen that the basal body temperature rises noticeably by over a degree when a woman is ovulating. This also happens when a woman becomes pregnant. If a woman maintains a record of her BBT over a long period of time, she can very accurately predict the day of her ovulation just by seeing the changes in the readings.
Progesterone is one of the hormones that are released before and during the process of ovulation. This hormone is also responsible for dramatically raising the body temperature. When a body heats up too much, it goes into overdrive to come back to normal. This is done by producing sweat to cool down.
This is probably why women who are about to ovulate or are ovulating feel very hot and have episodes of extreme sweating. This has also been to happen mostly at nighttime while the person sleeps. Such episodes are known as hot flashes and are also very common on pregnant and menopausal women.
Some women also complain that halfway through their menstrual cycle, their breasts feel a little engorged and painful. There may also be extreme tenderness and sensitivity at the lightest touch.