SECONDARY SIGNS OF OVULATION

CONTENT

-INTRODUCTION

-PREMENSTRUAL SYMPTOMS

-CHANGE IN LIBIDO AND SEX DRIVE

-MID CYCLE SPOTTING

-SWELLING OF INGUINAL LYMPH NODES

 

INTRODUCTION

These are less common signs of ovulation observed in relatively fewer women than in the previous article and other less specific signs of ovulation which although may indicate that a woman ovulated, they do not tell the exact moment of ovulation. They include:

PREMENSTRUAL SYMPTOMS 

These are symptoms caused by the high level of blood progesterone produced by the corpus luteum soon after ovulation. They are usually noticed few days after ovulation but they basically vanish at the beginning of the next menstrual period. They include increased breast tenderness and sensitivity, bloating and feeling of water retention, change in mood and emotions, abdominal cramps, fatigue among a host of many other cyclical symptoms. So while they may suggest that ovulation has occurred, they do not indicate the exact moment of ovulation.

CHANGE IN LIBIDO AND SEX DRIVE

About few days prior to ovulation, due to the high level of the female sex hormone oestrogen, some women may experience an increased sexual drive and libido. However, because a lot of circumstances and situations can alter a person’s sexual drive and mood, one can not regard this as a reliable means of timing ovulation. Other similar changes that may be attributed to a high level of oestrogen hormone include an increased energy level and a heightened sense of vision, smell and taste.

MID CYCLE SPOTTING 

Although, a generally high level of oestrogen is found around the ovulation period, there is a transient slight drop in oestrogen level just prior to ovulation. This results in a mid cycle spotting of blood from the vagina just moments prior to ovulation lasting about a day or two in some women. This has been attributed to the concurrent low level of progestrone hormone present at this period which is insufficient to stabilize the endometrium. But subsequently after ovulation, the progesterone and the oestrogen level in the blood gradually increases stabilizing the endometrium and preventing further spotting of blood from the vagina.

SWELLING OF THE INGUINAL LYMPH NODES

Observations have shown that many women experience swelling of their inguinal lymph nodes on the same side of their body from which the ovum/egg is released during ovulation. Inguinal lymph nodes are small bean shaped nodular structures present in the groin, that specialize in fighting some specific infections. They are often noticed when they become swollen (and tender) while fighting infections or cancerous cells.

From the above, it is obvious that by merely paying proper attention and knowing what to observe, there are many obvious signs of ovulation. But other than the presence of a regular menstrual cycle, these signs are highly variable and are easily altered by external factors. They may be subjective in perception; they are neither universally perceived nor always consistent, even in the same individual. Yet merely feeling these signs may help to reassure a lot of women that they are ovulating regularly. Despite all these signs mentioned above, all women are encouraged to learn how to monitor their menstrual cycle and determine if they have a regular menstrual cycle or not, as this is the most consistent sign of a regular ovulation. To know if you have a regular menstrual cycle, see NORMAL AND ABNORMAL MENSTRUAL CYCLEFor More information on this topic or any other related issue, please CHAT WITH OUR CONSULTANTS online.

 

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