There is this lap-dance research.
As you must have imagined, this research did not tell the signs of ovulation period however, it told something even more.
Here, George Miller studied 18 professional lap dancers for 2 months and observed their earnings at every of their menstrual cycle phases.
After a total of 1,480 hours of lap dancing for 2 months, he noticed that these lap dancers got tipped up to $67 per hour during their ovulation period and $37 per hour during their menstruation period.
That’s a huge $30 difference, which begs the question:
How did those gentlemen of the club know the exact periods when these lap dancers were ovulating or menstruating as to have tipped them differently? What signs were there?
Are your ovulation signs that easy to spot?
Unlike menstruations and pregnancies, which announce their occurrence through periods and missing periods respectively, ovulation lacks such loud publicity.
And you’d agree that this silent nature of your ovulation period has made it exhausting to track, as all your decent efforts and careful observations kept ending in error.
However, if those gentlemen in Miller’s research could easily tell without been told, how about you that experience these signs first-hand every month?
What is ovulation and how important is it to you?
Ovulation is the release of a matured egg (ovum) from your ovary into your Fallopian tube.
A fully labeled female reproductive system
Ovulation is the basis for all pregnancies and menstruation. If you do not ovulate, you cannot get pregnant or menstruate.
This is because only after the egg has been released through ovulation, can it be fertilized for pregnancy or, in the absence of fertilization, passed out with the uterine wall lining as your menstrual blood.
However, you may see your period without ovulating but in a very irregular pattern.
Around when is your ovulation period?
Ovulation occurs around the middle of your menstrual cycle (i.e. midway between the first day of your last period and your next
Red for menses. Pink for ovulation.
The image above shows the menstrual calendar of Mrs Williams.
Her last menses started on the 3rd of August and the first day of her next menses is on the 30th of August, therefore, her ovulation period is on or around the 16th of August.
It’s that simple.
However, if you observe the image carefully, you’d notice that from the first day of the last menses up till her ovulation day is a 14-day count (i.e. 2 weeks) and almost the same counts back from the first day of her next menses.
This is because Mrs Williams has a 28-day menstrual cycle.
Therefore, know your own menstrual cycle, and if it is less or more than 28 days, then the middle date(s) for your ovulation will also be different.
What are the signs of your ovulation period?
Nature of your cervical mucus
The closer you get to ovulation, the wetter your cervix (deep inside your vagina) becomes, and the most wetness is felt on the exact day you ovulate.
Also, as you approach ovulation, this wetness gradually becomes clear and stretchy, like that white part of eggs, when observed.
A hand showing stretchy egg white
It looks like this.
How to collect and observe cervical mucus.
Wash your hands clean
Insert your middle finger deep into your vagina as far as you can reach.
Extract the mucus with your inserted finger.
Rub the mucus finger gently against your thumb.
Pull the two fingers apart gradually, and observe the mucus nature.
Another method is to gently wipe your vagina from front-to-back with a tissue or just check the underpants you have on. If you notice the mucus on your tissue or pants, collect the mucus with your finger and continue from step 4 above.
A clear and stretchy cervical mucus means that you are close to ovulating or may have just ovulated. Either way, you are most fertile during this your ovulation period, so avoid any unprotected sexual intercourse if you are not trying for a baby.
On other days, your cervical mucus will most likely be:
Cloudy like the sky on a sunny day.
Sticky like your toothpaste.
Watery and dripping off your finger.
Creamy like your body lotion.
Ovulation does not occur in any of these other days and only clear and stretchy cervical mucus is sperm-friendly for fertilization.
You may also feel a total dryness in there for a few days immediately after your menses which is okay.
Increase in your basal body temperature
This is your lowest body temperature when you’re at rest. It is most accurate when taken immediately you wake up from a good night’s sleep. Otherwise, even the slightest activity like walking to the toilet after waking up can alter your true basal body temperature.
The U.S Department of Health stated that the average basal body temperature is about 96F to 98F (i.e. 35.6C to 36.7C) but on or around your ovulation period there is always a slight increase to about 97F or 99F (i.e. 36.1C or 37.2C). And this increase remains so until after the first day of your menses.
Did you notice how the basal body temperature change is never above 1F (i.e. -17.2C)? This makes it most likely to go unnoticed to you and even a regular thermometer. Therefore, a basal thermometer is recommended.
Presence of Luteinising Hormone in your urine.
Once an egg is matured for release, a hormone called Luteinising hormone causes ovulation by forcing that egg to break out from your ovary into your Fallopian tube.
A urine test can detect the presence of this hormone and in what amount. L-H is present the most immediately before, during and after your ovulation.
An increased sex drive
On the day(s) of your ovulation period, there is this increase in your urge for sex.
It may even surprise you to see yourself flirting or socializing with the opposite sex in an unusual manner and getting turned on at the slightest of sensations.
You’re not being wayward, it’s just your body’s way of demanding for sperm to fertilize the incoming or released egg.
An increase in your breast size and tenderness
The sole purpose of your menstrual cycle is to prepare you for a possible pregnancy. So, for every egg released by ovulation, your body predicts that that egg will be fertilized and you to get you pregnant.
Your breasts feel fuller in size and tender when touched during your ovulation period because your body is preparing you for breastfeeding, just in case.
You look and feel more attractive
A study in one of the British Publications confirmed that your face looks more attractive during your ovulation period than on any other days.
Even you too must have felt fly on some days, after noticing yourself in a photo or mirror and marvelled at your unusual freshness. Those days were most likely your ovulation period.
So, from a flushed face to dilated pupils and fuller breasts, those gentlemen in Miller’s research just had to tip those lap dancers more. *shrugs*
Irregular sharp pain(s) at one side of your lower abdomen.
Among the signs of ovulation is a condition called“Mittelschmerz” which is German for “middle pain.” This name was because it occurs in the middle of menstrual cycles which is the same time as your ovulation period.
It is estimated that 1 out of 5 women experience this slight or sharp pain in one side of their lower abdomen during their ovulation period.
This pain is as a result of the swelling and bursting out of the matured egg from your ovary, in other words, ovulation.
Little spotting of blood in your pants
As the egg swells to maturity and eventually breaks out from your ovary, the force is known to cause Mittelschmerz which may be accompanied by that light bleeding you see on your pants during your ovulation period.
Immediately after ovulation, there is a sudden increase in progesterone, which prepares your womb to house a baby. This preparation can irritate your womb and also cause the pink blood on your pant.
You may notice a slight increase in your weight and body size during your ovulation period. This is called bloating and according to Flo Health, is due to the retention of water in your body from hormonal changes.
Estrogen is the hormone responsible for bloating. This estrogen is secreted from when the egg is matured till its release, therefore, you may experience your body swell a few days before your ovulation date.
Most of these signs of ovulation period may vary from woman to woman, however, the first (3) three are the most constant in all women.
All of these ovulation signs are no cause for alarm unless they happen in excess or outside your ovulation period. If so, see your doctor.
So, Tell Us.
Do you experience any other sign(s) not listed above?
Feel free to mention them in the comment section and we would reply to you with more details about it.