If you are trying to conceive, knowing when you ovulate is important, and you will stand a far better chance of success. Ovulation occurs when an egg is released from one of your ovaries in preparation for conception.
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 to 16 days before your period starts, so you may be able to work out when you're likely to ovulate if you have a regular cycle
- 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
- ovulation predictor kits – 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 pee
If you use one or more of these methods, you are more likely to get an accurate result. If you listen to your body, there are usually tell-tale signs that you may be ovulating. For example, some women experience breast tenderness, bloating and mild tummy discomfort. These are just potential signs and shouldn’t be a reliable source.