Listening to Your Body's Signals

Every month your body provides you with clues about your fertility. You probably don't even notice them. Learning about your body and watching for the signals makes your fertility much easier to read. By using the clues that your body has given you, you may be able to decrease the time it takes to achieve pregnancy.

It takes a bit of effort to learn to watch for the clues your body produces. The clues that you are looking for are mostly physical clues from your body:

  • You will notice that around the time of ovulation you have an increase in your vaginal discharge. This is known as cervical mucous or cervical fluid.

  • You might also notice a slight to moderate pain in your abdomen as you ovulate. This is known as mittelschmerz, which means “middle pain” and is a signal that your body is ovulating. You might feel this on one side or the other, or you may not be able to distinguish which side you feel it on.

  • The position of your cervix also changes. The cervical position changes near the time of ovulation. It does this to make the path for the sperm easier. This allows the sperm to travel directly to the cervix.

  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is usually a precursor to your period. You may use this to predict when your period will begin. However, many women notice the feelings of PMS and believe that they are not pregnant. You might be surprised to note that many of the feelings of early pregnancy are very similar to those of PMS.

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