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How can I tell when I’m ovulating?
Ovulation is when an egg is released from one of your ovaries.
If you want to work out when you ovulate, there are a number of things you can use:
- the length of your menstrual cycle - ovulation usually occurs around 10-16 days before your period starts, so if you have a regular cycle you may be able to work out when you're likely to ovulate
- your cervical mucus - you may notice wetter, clearer and more slippery mucus around the time of ovulation
- your body temperature - there's a small rise in body temperature after ovulation takes place, which you may be able to detect with a thermometer
- hormones in your urine - hormone levels increase around the time of ovulation and this can be detected using ovulation predictor kits that measure the level of hormones in your urine
Using a combination of these methods is likely to be most accurate.
- How can I increase my chances of getting pregnant?
- Getting pregnant
- Natural family planning
- Fertility and conception
- FPA: fertility awareness
There are some physical signs that can tell you when you're ovulating. These include breast tenderness, bloating, and a change in colour and texture of your vaginal discharge.