Ovulation

Knowing when to try for a baby is crucial in successful conception.

Knowing when to try for a baby is crucial in successful conception. For mothers-to-be, this means that understanding and working along with their natural fertility cycle will be one of the best ways to increase their chances of successfully starting a family. Tracking this cycle may take a little work, but by understanding what is occurring within her body, a mother-to-be might have a better chance of timing intercourse with ovulation to optimize chances of conception.

Ovulation occurs when an egg matures and is released from the ovary; it then travels down the Fallopian tubes and wait to be fertilized. An egg is only viable for 12-24 hours after it is released, which is why timing really is everything when it comes to conception. The uterine lining becomes thicker in preparation for implantation, if the egg is fertilized. If the egg does not become fertilized conception does not occur and the uterine lining will shed (menstruation). This natural cycle begins all over again beginning with menstruation, marking the beginning of the next cycle. Timing is such a key part of conception, monitoring her cycle and tracking ovulation can help identify the best time to try.

To optimize your window of ovulation each month, it is recommended to use one Stork OTC on each of the most fertile days of the female’s menstrual cycle, when ovulation is occurring or just about to occur. We recommend tracking ovulation with an ovulation test kit/monitor prior to using The Stork OTC.

Ovulation Phase

How Much Do You Know About Ovulation


Signs of Ovulation

Understanding your menstrual cycle can be one of the most confusing things you’ll ever do. It’s also one of the most powerful, especially when it comes to trying to conceive. When you understand how and why your body does the things it does, you’ll be better equipped to make choices that will support your journey towards starting a family, put you in control of your reproductive health, and make the whole process less perplexing. Ovulation is just one part of your cycle but it’s a crucial one that your ability to get pregnant hinges on. If you’re actively trying to conceive, then it’s likely that you are already checking your ovulation signs to optimize the best time for intercourse or insemination. Understanding the signs of ovulation can help you become more aware of what to look for and when to start the conception process.

Before looking at the signs of ovulation, let’s explore a little more about what ovulation is. Simply put, it’s the phase of the menstrual cycle in which your ovaries develop follicles that each contain an egg. The strongest follicle discharges an egg, which then travels down your fallopian tube. If it is met by sperm, it may become fertilized, starting the first stages of conception. (Note: the implantation of the fertilized egg doesn’t happen right away. This usually takes place between 6 and 12 days after ovulation). If it’s not fertilized, it will disintegrate and be absorbed into your uterine lining, which will begin to shed and you’ll start your period.
This question, unfortunately, can be a challenging one. Your ovulation date is determined by the length of your cycle and, because every woman’s body is different, there is no set answer. We do know that ovulation typically occurs between 12 and 16 days before the start of your next period. So, if you have an average cycle length of 28 days, you’ll likely ovulate midway through, on the 14th day. If you have a shorter, 21-day cycle, you may ovulate between the 6th and 10th days of your cycle. Because of this, it’s helpful to track your ovulation and become familiar with your own ovulation patterns.
  1. Mild pelvic or lower abdominal pain

Some women can feel themselves ovulating. Not quite like cramps, it’s usually a dull ache on one side of the lower abdomen or the other, but not both. It should only last between a few minutes and a few hours and can be treated with an over-the-counter medication like Motrin. However, it’s important to note that if the pain is severe and doesn’t go away with a mild painkiller, it’s worth talking to your doctor about so you can rule out endometriosis or ovarian cysts. Some women experience light spotting that accompanies the pain during ovulation.

  1. Drop in basal body temperature (BBT)

Basal body temperature is the lowest body temperature attained during rest and is a great indicator of ovulation, tracked using a basal thermometer. Women tend to have lower temperatures right before ovulation begins and higher temperatures when it ends. Typically, there’s a one-half to one degree Fahrenheit increase during ovulation. If you’ve been tracking your BBT, this change will be easy to spot. Basal body temperature can also be used to identify a pregnancy or the approach of your period. If you are pregnant, your temperature will stay higher but if you’re not, it will drop.

  1. Changes in cervical mucus

Cervical mucus is one of the best (and easiest) ways to track your ovulation and is worth getting acquainted with. As hormones fluctuate throughout your cycle, the appearance, texture, and consistency of your cervical mucus changes. There are different types of mucus for different levels of fertility and, for the sake of recognizing when you’re ovulating, some signs that your mucus is fertile are:

  • Wet
  • Slippery
  • Thin
  • Clear
  • Watery
  • Fluid

The most fertile type of cervical mucus is often referred to as egg-white cervical mucus (EWCM) due to its resemblance of a raw egg white. This mucus is stretchy and, if you were to stretch it between your thumb and index finger, would not lose its shape. This helps to protect the sperm as it travels to the egg and provides alkaline protection from the acidity of the vagina.

You can check your cervical mucus a few different ways, depending on what’s most comfortable for you.

  • Toilet paper method – observe mucus found after wiping with toilet paper
  • Externally – use clean fingers to feel for mucus around the opening of your vagina
  • Internally – insert two clean fingers into your vagina and gently sweep the cervix to collect mucus

Once you have the mucus, you can observe its appearance, texture, and consistency to determine whether you may be ovulating.

  1. Changes in the cervix

Your cervix changes to optimize your chance of conception and can clue you into when you are most fertile. Checking your cervix is best done at the same time each day and with clean hands. When you are not fertile your cervix will feel hard, dry, and low. When you are fertile, your cervix will feel soft, high, open, and wet.

To check your cervix, try standing in the position you would to insert a tampon and using your fingers to gently feel inside. The location of your cervix changes so it may take a few cycles to get familiar with the process, but it can provide valuable insight about when you should try to conceive.

While there are other signs of ovulation such as breast tenderness, increased libido and energy, heightened sense of smell, and spotting that can clue you into when you are fertile, they can be affected by so many other factors that they don’t make predictable signs. You may find yourself noting every little change in your body when you are trying to conceive but focusing on these proven signs of ovulation, paired with an ovulation prediction kit or calculator, can take some of the stress away and help you become more familiar with your body in the process.

Facts About Ovulation

  • Generally, only one egg is released per cycle from your ovaries.
  • The egg lives approximately 12-24 hours after being released.
  • Women are born with millions of eggs; that number decreases as they age.
  • In the days leading up to ovulation, your body will increase production of estrogen. Estrogen (specifically estradiol) is what triggers your luteinizing hormone to surge. (The surges in estrogen are responsible for making the environment more “sperm-friendly” within your body, as well as causing the uterine wall to thicken (progesterone)
  • An LH surge is when your luteinizing hormone increases. This surge is generally the day before or day of ovulation when your ovaries release an egg.
  • An egg that is unfertilized will disintegrate and be shed with the lining during menstruation.
  • Some women experience minor pain or discomfort when ovulating, some experience light spotting.

Using an ovulation test kit or natural family planning methods will help you to become more familiar with when you are most fertile during the month. You can use our ovulation calculator here to help you begin to track your monthly cycle based on the first date of your last menstrual period.

  • Most women ovulate on day 14.
    • Actually, many women have shorter and some even longer monthly cycles. It is recommended to chart your Basal Body Temperature and/or Cervical Mucous to be aware of the length of your cycle.
  • Have sex the day your Basal Body Temperature spikes
    • Actually, you ovulate the day the temperature drops. By the time you see the spike in temperature you will have already ovulated.

  • The Stork OTC is designed to be used right before and during ovulation to help with becoming pregnant.
    • The Stork OTC provides you with a way to use the insemination technique of cervical cap insemination. The product collects the sperm by way of a cervical cap inside of a condom-like sheath. The cervical cap of sperm is removed, and then placed into the applicator for insertion into the vaginal tract. The applicator cradles and compresses the cervical cap of sperm, allowing it to bypass the unfavorable environment of the vaginal tract. The applicator places the cervical cap of sperm at the opening of the cervix, where it stays in place for up to six hours, allowing the sperm to be right where it needs to be. After six hours, the cervical cap is removed using a tampon-like pull cord. To watch a video on how The Stork OTC works, click here.
  • Buy The Stork OTC online now here, or find it on the family planning shelf next to the ovulation test kits at your local CVS/pharmacy.