5 Symptoms of Ovulation: What You Need to Know

Ovulation is the release of a matured egg from the ovary during menstruation in females. This egg moves down the fallopian tube where it is fertilized by a sperm. In most healthy women, ovulation occurs once every month. It usually happens some weeks after menstruation starts.

For people trying to get pregnant, the period when this happens is especially important and most try to know when it happens. This is because women are most fertile when this happens. If you have sexual intercourse around this time, the chances of conception are quite high. When trying to have a baby, it is ideal to have some sperm in the fallopian tube before that day. This is so that there is some sperm waiting for the egg when it arrives. It only helps increase the odds.

Most people say that ovulation takes place on the 15th day of your menstrual cycle. While this may be true for some people, it is not for everyone. Like many things, no single size fits everyone. The period ovulation occurs differs from person to person. It also varies with the menstrual cycle, so your ovulation day last month may not be the same for this month.

Each menstrual cycle usually lasts between 28 and 32 days. [1] For most people, ovulation takes place between days 10 and 19 of their menstrual cycle. Some doctors say that most healthy women experience ovulation 14 days before the beginning of their period, [2] but it is not set in stone. Some people experience ovulation more than once a month. Some do not at all.

There are many signs that a woman is ovulating. Some people experience these symptoms while others do not, even if they are ovulating. Signs that indicate you may be ovulating are discussed in this article. Read on to find out.

Pain in The Pelvis Or Lower Abdomen

When ovulating, some women experience pain that is known as mittelschmerz or, more simply, ovulation pain. [3] The intensity, location, and duration of this pain vary from person to person and from cycle to cycle.

For some people, ovulation pain feels sharp and sudden but lasts only a few minutes. Some women feel it like a dull cramp that lasts much longer. The pain may be caused by the effect of growing follicles that house matured eggs on the ovary. You may feel ovulation pain when the growing follicles stretch the ovary surface. You may feel it in both of your ovaries or the pain may alternate between sides every month. Alternating pain does not mean your ovaries release eggs alternatively. You may also experience a burning sensation because of the release of fluid from the follicles when the mature egg is sent out.

Ovulation pain originates from your ovaries, but ovulation is not the only thing that causes pain in your ovaries. If you have persistent pain in your ovaries, see a doctor to rule out other problems like endometriosis. Also, remember that not all women experience ovulation pain when ovulating. A good number do not.