Published by Hera Fertility
January 25, 2024
If you’re trying to get pregnant you already know one key thing: having sex during your body’s most fertile period offers the best chance to conceive.
And that window of opportunity happens around ovulation.
Ovulation typically lasts about six days — sometime between day 11 and day 21 — with the window opening a little earlier or later depending on the length or your cycle.
Many people looking to conceive use an ovulatory stimulant like Clomid (clomiphene citrate). The medication lowers estrogen production, triggering an increase in the two hormones that stimulate the growth of ovarian follicles, thereby increasing the number of eggs available for fertilization.
“Clomid is one of the most widely used meds and considered the first line of treatment in many [fertility] centers,” explains Cindy Golubisky, Clin Ops & Fertility Clinician at Hera Fertility. “It is used to treat a number of infertility factors — often those related to irregular ovulation.”
There are a few ways to digitally track ovulation, whether by monitoring body temperature or using ovulation predictor kits. But you can often detect the signs of ovulation simply by paying attention to changes in your body.
[Read our blog post: Embracing Hope with Clomid and Letrozole: A Journey Towards Successful Conception]
And when you’re taking Clomid, there is often “increased ovarian sensitivity around the time of ovulation,” Golubisky adds. So you might feel some of the following physical symptoms a little bit more.
Am I ovulating? Some common signs
Changes in cervical mucus
One of the most noticeable symptoms of ovulation occurs with vaginal discharge. Cervical mucus changes throughout the menstrual cycle. During the few days before you ovulate and immediately after ovulation, you may notice an increase in cervical mucus and a change in its texture. When that mucus becomes clear, slippery and stretchy — think of raw egg whites — these are the most fertile days.
Also during this time, the cervix becomes softer, more moist and more open than usual. You may also experience mild spotting.
Rise in basal body temperature
You likely won’t feel it, but when you’re ovulating your basal body temperature increases — typically 0.5 to 1.0 degrees F. And the best way to monitor this slight rise is tracking it. Use a basal body thermometer, which measures in tiny increments, at the same time each day to chart your temperature changes. You’re likely to be the most fertile two to three days before your temperature rises.
[Read our blog post: Beyond the calendar: Four techniques for ovulation tracking]