Post # 1
I’m new to the ttc scene and I have some questions that I hope aren’t stupid I’m just very very new to this so bear with me :). I was wondering if most women know when they’re ovulating? I mean without using OPKs etc? What are your signs?
I’ve been using a period tracker since I’ve been off the pill (I was on it for almost 12 years) and I noticed about 14 days into my cycle I have a lot of EWCM and cramping (feels like when I’m on my first couple days of my period). This means I’m ovulating right? Since this happens pretty regularly should being doing the deed with Darling Husband the day before or after I get those symptoms?
Thanks for you patience 🙂
Post # 2
coffeeandtv: I don’t know per se but I can generally guess about when it is by looking at the calendar, checking my cervical fluid and sometimes checking my cervical position. If I use an OPK it is more accurate.
The best days for conception are the day before ovulation and two days before. The sperm need to already be there waiting for the egg. Having sex up to five days before ovulation can result in pregnancy, so most people try to have sex as many days as possible (or some do every other day) leading up to ovulation, then an extra couple of days just in case. If you see EWCM, get on it!
Post # 3
MrsAKSkier: great! Thanks!
Post # 4
Cramping and EWCM should point you in the right direction..i temped and it turned out that the cramping started wayy earlier than actual ovulation which with temping is confirmed with 3 temp rises. I plan on temping again next time as it worked wonderfully for my not so regular cycle.
Post # 5
Yes I do. I usually cramp and then have white, creamy discharge.
Post # 6
I sometimes have cramps and my breasts get really sore. Not TTC or anything, but my doctor confirmed that’s when I’m ovulating.
Post # 7
I’m extremely regular and always have been able to tell. I’m sure that helped when I conceived both my girls on the first try. Knowing when you’re ovulating is pretty important- not good to be trying on the wrong days!
Post # 8
I notice I feel REALLY nauseus around the time I ovulate!
Post # 9
I cramp like clockwork the day I ovulate
Post # 10
Order the book “Taking charge of your fertility.” It will tell you all you need to know about identifying your ovulation days. Worth the money.
Post # 11
Thanks everyone for their input! I have another question, I looked up how to check your cervix but I can’t find it. Is this normal? Can you guys feel your cervix? Maybe mine is just wayyyyy up there?
Post # 12
I’ve had mittleschmerz (side pain adjacent to an ovary) since I started my cycle. I have always known when I ovulated.
Post # 13
Oh man, I go crazy when I’m ovulating. Not only is my libido through the roof, but I get weirdly obsessed with love stories. I watch cheesy rom coms, read awful chick lit, etc etc. I really don’t feel like myself for a couple of days. I call the pill my happy pills because they keep me normal!
Post # 14
I also get ewcm and days of cramping with my ovulation. I was actually just doing some research trying to figure out exactly how cramping lined up with ovulation, and I found this site explaining that there are different stages of ovulation pain, which I found pretty interesting:
Also, I could never figure out how to feel the cervix either, but I didn’t really try that hard since temping and mucus seemed to be pretty clear indicators.
Post # 15
I’m going to be an outlier here and say that Ive never had a clue when I am ovulating. Ever. I wasn’t super regular in high school and then between birth control, two pregnancies and and breastfeeding, I haven’t had a regular cycle since I was 19.