How can I detect when I am ovulating?
There are many ways to determine when you ovulate.
The simplest and most inexpensive way is to take your basal temperature
every morning when you wake up and record it on a chart.
A difference in ovulation temperature might not be detectable on a regular
thermometer, but a basal thermometer has concentrated temperature ranges
immediately below and above normal temperature.
This way you can track slight changes in temperature throughout the month.
Chart your temperature daily. Try to take your temperature at the same
time every morning.
When you ovulate, you should notice a slight increase in your basal
Some things like headaches or illness can affect your basal temperature.
You can purchase a basal thermometer at most stores.
Other methods of ovulation prediction include monitoring the discharge
and position of the cervix.
If you feel a slight twinge in the lower abdomen, you might be ovulating.
The ovaries are located on the right and left sides of your lower abdomen and sometimes cramp during ovulation.
You might notice a clear, stringy vaginal discharge (similar to the
consistency of egg white) around ovulation.
You can also monitor the position of your cervix.
When you ovulate, your cervix rises and opens for a day or so.
Ovulation prediction kits are available at most pharmacies, or
your doctor can do an ultrasound or blood test to see if you're ovulating.
Detailed information on how to detect ovulation by charting your
basal temperature (along with other symptoms) is available from the
Couple to Couple League.
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