Many women use the physical ovulation symptoms their body displays to predict when they are most fertile. In some cases those ovulation symptoms are used to increase the chance of conception while in other cases females use ovulation symptoms to prevent pregnancy. The most common physical ovulation symptoms are probably ones you notice, but don’t necessarily correlate with ovulation.
Changes in Cervical Fluid
Cervical fluid changes are one of the more common physical ovulation symptoms. As ovulation gets closer, estrogen levels rise and cervical mucus changes from thick, white mucus to a thin, slippery lubricant. When ovulation starts, cervical mucus changes again; this time it takes on a rubbery texture that will stretch between two fingers. The sticky, thick nature of cervical mucus holds onto semen and helps sperm travel safely to the egg in an environment full of deadly acids – the vagina. Physical cervical mucus ovulation symptoms don’t stop there. The body makes another change at the end of ovulation back to the sticky, thick mucus that stop sperm in its tracks.
Changes in the Cervix
For women who want to take complete control of their fertility, physical ovulation symptoms include physical changes to the cervix. Women can insert one clean finger into the vagina and press on the cervix. When the female body is not ovulating, the cervix will feel tight and slightly hard – think the end of your nose. During ovulation, the cervix softens and even moves a little higher.
Changes in Sex Drive
Cervical fluid and cervix changes are physical ovulation symptoms you can touch and see, but there are other physical ovulation symptoms you can feel. As ovulation approaches, women often feel an increase in sex drive. It is thought that the female body gets ready to conceive every month as a basic survival instinct. While testosterone levels control female libido, there is no rise in testosterone during ovulation. Instead, there is a sharp decline in oestrogen levels making normal testosterone levels more effective and thus libido increases as a physical ovulation symptom.
Women have the ability to control fertility and conception if they learn to recognize the physical ovulation symptoms the body displays each month. In addition to these three physical ovulation symptoms women may also noticing cramping, increase in basal metabolic temperature and spotting when the body is preparing to move into the most fertile time of the month. If a woman wants to conceive, these physical ovulation symptoms will help gauge when best to have unprotected intercourse.