OvuSense logo

How Do You Know if You're Ovulating?

If you’re trying to get pregnant, then one of the most important things you can do is learn to identify when you’re ovulating. It’s not always easy to tell – unlike your period, ovulation happens internally, and the signs can be subtle and hard to spot.

The three most important things to look at are:

    Hormone levels Temperature changes ‘Fertile’ cervical mucus

You can check your hormone levels with an ‘Ovulation Predictor Kit’ or OPK. These kits are similar to pregnancy tests – they check your urine for hormones. Pregnancy tests look for the hormones that indicate a foetus is growing, while OPKs look for the spike in Luteinising Hormone that stimulates your ovaries to release an egg.

These tests are relatively convenient to use, and are widely available – you can pick a box up over the counter in most supermarkets and chemists. There is some debate about the best time of day to use them to get an accurate answer. Some advice says it’s best to use them early in the day to test the hormones that have been building up overnight, while others suggest this could give a misleading reading. With this lack of consensus, it’s clear you need to look a bit further for results you can rely on.

Your basal body temperature is a clearer indicator of ovulation, but working with it is a harder task. You need to take your temperature first thing every morning, in order to access that basal level you need, and chart the results so you can observe changes over the course of your cycle. This minimum temperature that your body falls to during extended rest changes in response to your menstrual cycle. OvuSense’s sensor and app can detect your BBT with accuracy and turn process it into results.

If you’re uncertain about your OPK results that charting your BBT can give you confirmation. If you have a hormone disrupting health issue like Polycystic Ovary Syndrome then OPKs can’t give you accurate results at all and BBT becomes even more important.

Another supporting factor you can check to help you know when you’re ovulating is your cervical mucus. This normally forms a barrier preventing outside matter penetrating your cervix. When you’re ovulating, your body needs sperm to pass through the cervix to fertilise the egg, so that mucus becomes thinner and more permeable. This means it looks and feels different – thinner and more transparent, like egg white.

Taken together these three variables can give you an indication of when you’re ovulating that you can trust.

To learn more about your cycle and hear from Ovusense customers visit ovusense