Am I Ovulating?

Ovulation – it’s the main event of the menstrual cycle. Why? Because ovulatory cycles are the only way to make progesterone which is the first step to drama free periods and  important for general health, not just for making a baby. 

If you’re not sure what’s going on with your period, come back to the question: 

Am I ovulating?  

Your body sends you subtle signs each month that you’re ovulating. Tracking your physical signs is the ultimate biohack, which can help you better understand your cycle. 

Possible causes why you might not be ovulating include: 

  • Being a teenager
  • Hormonal birth control
  • Progestin-only birth control including the implant and the IUD
  • Recovering from hormonal birth control 
  • PCOS
  • High prolactin 
  • Hypothalamic amenorrhea or undereating 
  • Perimenopause 

So how do you know if you ovulate each month? 

Physical signs of ovulation include: 

  • Increase in waking temperature also known as basal body temperature (BBT).
  • Cervical fluid or fertile mucus (usually described as egg white texture). 
  • Cervix position (the days just before ovulation your cervix will be higher and softer).  
  • Ovulation pain known as Mittelschmerz. Its one-sided, lower abdominal pain which is associated with ovulation (not every woman will experience this). 
  • Ovulation test strips (a surge in lutenising hormone which can be detected with a urine test). You can buy ovulation test strips from most Pharmacys. 

Evidence of definite ovulation includes: 

  • A rise in basal body temperature during your luteal phase, which means two weeks of higher temperatures followed by a bleed. 
  • Increase of progesterone measured by a blood test. 

Remember ovulation is the only way to make progesterone which is so important for general health. So if you’re not sure what’s going on with your period or you’re concerned that you might not be ovulating, reach out for further support. It’s important to work with a women’s health practitioner to get to the underlying root cause.