A research according to the National Center for Health Statistics, has shown that about 12% of women have trouble getting or staying pregnant. And of course, you won't know for sure until you start trying to conceive. However, congrats since you’ve decided to try for a baby but the question is do you know how to go about it, like trying to maximize your shot at conceiving? Well the real truth is that women may experience certain symptoms that can signal when she’s ovulating and at a peak fertility and that would be very helpful to know so that you can time sex with your partner accurately.
So now, what should you be on the lookout for? Well these clues are a good indication that your body is baby-ready and also boost your chances of getting pregnant super fast.
1. Notice a change in your cervical mucus
Do you know that when you’re not ovulating, your cervical discharge may appear sticky, cloudy or even become so minimal. Well the truth is that as you get closer to ovulation, your body starts producing more estrogen as the eggs you'll ovulate matures in the ovary. However, this causes your cervical mucus to become clear and stretchy, often similar to egg whites. Therefore, this change in discharge creates a more susceptible environment for sperm to reach the egg and making fertilization easier and faster. So it's best you keep an eye on any fluctuations in your discharge as dis can be a potential sign of fertility.
2. When you are at a healthy weight
Do you know that weighing too much or too little can make you more likely to have fertility problems most at times? Talking about overweight and obese women, excess body fat can disrupt and affect the delicate balance of hormones needed for ovulation and development of a new embryo. So it's best you watch you weight to know if you'll need to do some exercise and cut down some meals.
3. Getting a positive result from your ovulation predictor
This is often the best sign of fertility you don’t have to work too hard to detect and it involves making use of the "ovulation test kits". The ovulation predictor kits are test strips which you pee on, with the aim of detecting when your body experiences a surge of luteinizing hormone (LH), which is responsible for the triggering and release of eggs from the ovary during your ovulation. However, getting a positive sign on your ovulation predictor kit signals that you should expect to ovulate within the next 36 hours. Therefore, the best time to have sex are the day of the LH surge and also the next two days.
4. Increased sexual desire
When you're in your fertility period, right before ovulation, your sexual desire rises due to an increase in hormones such as the estrogen and testosterone. However, your body also will undergo some subtle changes like slightly full of your lips, a higher pitched voice, change in the structure of your face and the way you walk and move your hips which make your partner drawn closer to you.
5. You've never had an unchecked STD
Do you know that certain bacterial infections like chlamydia and gonorrhea, can spread to your reproductive organs, thereby causing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and this type of infection can cause serious damage to your ovaries, fallopian tubes and other reproductive organs, thereby increasing your risk of infertility.
6. Increase sense of smell
A study found that women’s sense of smell sharpens as they near ovulation, which makes them very sensitive to musky scents and male pheromones such as "androsterone".
7. Lower abdominal pains
Do you notice any lower pelvic pain during the middle of your cycle? If yes, then it's actually a sign of fertility known as "mittelschmerz pain". of course, most women describe that they feel a sharp lower pelvic cramping that can last from a few minutes to several hours in the middle of their cycle. This is often a clear signal that ovulation is taking place.
8. There would be a change in your cervical position
In this case, your cervix tends to change throughout your menstrual cycle and as you get closer to ovulation, your cervix will become higher, softer and more open thereby creating more room for fertility. Also you may notice some tenders, soreness, heavy and achy of the boobs. All this are clear signals of fertility.
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