To know when you are ovulating, you can chart your basal body temperature, track vaginal discharge, assess your cervical condition, notice symptoms and purchase and use an ovulation prediction kit.
Charting three factors daily is an easy and reliable way to determine when you are ovulating. There are many sample charts available, or you can create your own. Make sure the chart includes space to note basal body temperature, vaginal discharge and cervical condition. It only takes a few minutes daily to record these factors. Make a habit of measuring and recording at the same time daily.
First, track your basal body temperature. Using a good quality thermometer, take your resting temperature daily prior to getting up out of bed and note it on the chart. When you ovulate, your temperature will increase slightly and stay elevated for two to three days. Following this trend from month to month will clearly show you when ovulation occurs.
Second, assess your vaginal discharge. Typically, this is dry or sticky if present. When ovulating, discharge will change to slippery in quality, like an egg white.
Third, check your cervix. With clean hands and trimmed nails, squat and use one finger to check cervical position. Usually, the cervix will feel firm and closed, much like the end of your nose. During ovulation, the cervix becomes softer as it opens.
A fourth way many women predict ovulation is to notice small cues from the body. Some women experience slight cramping around the time of ovulation, particularly if they are paying attention to signals. This method is less reliable, as the symptoms don't affect all women.
Finally, purchasing an ovulation predictor kit can help determine when you are ovulating. These kits use urine or saliva to determine levels of hormones that indicate ovulation has occurred.