As your body prepares itself to ovulate, the lining of the uterus thickens as it awaits the fertilized egg while allowing the follicles to mature. An egg will then be released from the follicle that will make its way down the fallopian tube in anticipation of the sperm. In the meanwhile, the lining of the uterus thickens in preparation for the arrival of the fertilized egg.

With ovulation about to occur any moment now, some women may experience lower abdominal pain or Mittelschmerz which may arise before, during or after ovulation. This pain is often experienced only on one side and feels quite a bit different than cramping during menstruation. This pain switches from one side of the abdomen to the other from one menstrual cycle to the next.

Enough cannot be said about how important it is to time intercourse around ovulation. Here are some facts about ovulation that must be kept in mind.

  • The egg lives 12-24 hours on being released from the ovary.
  • Typically, only one egg is released during ovulation.
  • For some women, light spotting is seen during ovulation.
  • Even small changes in the routine along with stress can alter one’s ovulation cycle.

These factors make it all the more important to track ovulation. It is calculated from the first day that the menstrual cycle begins with ovulation occurring between days 11 and 21 of the cycle. With this wide a range within which a woman is fertile, it may not be practical to ‘get busy’ as often as one should. Or if like most women, you are affected by your mother-in-law’s unexpected visit or the isthriwali singeing a hole in your favorite dupatta; then your ovulation may not be quite as predictable. So for those of us that have somewhat unpredictable ovulation times, there are a few ways to narrow down this fertility window to days if not hours.

Ovulation Calendar

Most often, ovulation occurs at the midway point of one’s menstrual cycle. So if your cycle is 28 days long, then day 14 is the one to watch out for. But maintaining an ovulation calendar for a few months will give you a fair idea of when to expect it and therefore plan intercourse accordingly.

Charting Basal Temperature

The basal body temperature is the baseline reading that is measured in the morning even before getting out of bed or sitting up. This temperature changes as a function of hormone levels which fluctuate during the menstrual cycle. The lowest basal temperature point is observed during ovulation with it rising by a half degree for every day after that. So charting this temperature over a few months will help you predict when your body is most likely to ovulate.

Ovulation Predictor Kit

These kits are able to predict when ovulation will occur 12 to 18 hours before it does, giving you the chance to jump into bed accordingly!

Cervical Mucous

An increasing amount of cervical mucous until it turns stretchy like egg-whites signals you are approaching ovulation. Many women are in tune enough with their bodies that they recognize these changes as a marker for ovulation.

No matter what your preferred method is, know that perseverance is the key. So light up some candles and get in the baby-making mood!