Signs of Ovulation: Cramping
Signs of Ovulation: Cervical Mucus
There are three signs of ovulation which are known as the most important since they occur on every woman and on every cycle, they are known as the main signs of fecundity, and they include:
- Changes on the basal temperature
- Changes on the cervix
- Changes on the cervical mucus
The cyclic changes constantly occur from the period of adolescence to the period of menopause, and they also have a great incidence over the mental and physical state of women. As it has been mentioned, the changes on the cervical mucus constitute an important sign of ovulation.
As the cycle advances, the volume of the cervical mucus will be increased and its texture will be modified. These changes reflect the increment of the levels of estrogen on the organism. During the period where the woman is not fertile the cervical mucus is scarce, whitish and with a sticky texture, but two or three days before ovulation the cervical mucus and thus the vaginal flow become more abundant and transparent very similar to the albumen. The fertile period of a woman begins on the last day of the appearance of such mucus. Generally it happens the day before the ovulation or the same day of the ovulation. Hormonal increment also softens the cervix during the same stage.
Normally the flow acts as a protective barrier, but during the most fertile stage of the cycle it allows a displacement of the sperm through the cervix to climb inside the uterus and finally get to the encounter with the ovule in the fallopian tubes.
Cervical glands secrete mucus. This secretion is regulated by ovarian hormones. The changes experienced by the cervical mucus hormone action possible to establish the presence or absence of ovulation, because the woman will feel wet or dry in the vulvar region.
Estrogen stimulates the secretion of a large amount of mucus, watery, stringy (filancia: cervical mucus can form threads, you can check this feature by taking the women's mucus in the external orifice of the vagina and separate it between the thumb and index.
The length of the strand is measured in centimeters). Progesterone decreases the secretion of cervical mucus, and at the same time becomes more viscous and less stringy. The maximum cervical mucus secretion occurs at the time of ovulation and secretion will be a transparent, watery, with a filancia between 7 and 10 cm. Women generally describe the preovulatory mucus and egg white.
To know the fertile period (days in which women are more likely to get pregnant) women must learn to recognize the vulvar humidity sensation (you can do before toilet paper pee passing the vulva), or watching the type of mucus, taking it between thumb and forefinger and see if it is clear watery and stringy, characteristics that coincide with ovulation.
Humid days will tell the fertile cycle, and conversely when the woman feels dry, will be in the days when you cannot get pregnant. The wetness is the basis of natural contraceptive methods, which serve to space or prevent pregnancies.