Signs and symptoms of ovulation vary based on a woman's age and health condition, but common signs of ovulation include changes in cervical fluid, changes in the cervical firmness and position, and changes in basal body temperature, explains the American Pregnancy Association. Women may also experience pain on one side of the pelvis, slight cramping, breast tenderness, light spotting, abdominal bloating, and a heightened sense of vision, taste or smell when ovulating. Some women also have an increased sex drive.
Women who are ovulating possess a cervical fluid that has an appearance and consistency similar to egg whites, according to the American Pregnancy Association. Ovulation commonly occurs on days when women have an increase of wet fluid. Women who track their basal body temperature may notice a decrease in temperature during ovulation. The cervix also becomes high, open, wet and soft when a woman is ovulating.
Women can detect when they are ovulating by using an ovulation predictor test kit, explains About.com Health. An ovulation predictor kit requires women to urinate on a test stick or place special paper from the kit into a cup of urine once each day at least a week before ovulation is expected. A surge in hormones typically produces a darker test line on the ovulation kit's test strip.