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5 Signs You Are Fertile Now!

Emotionally you’re ready to start a family, but how do you know that your body is ready to be pregnant? Here are a few clues your body may be throwing at you to let you in on the secret!

  

Sign One: A heightened sense of smell.

Is your partner’s body odour after his session in the gym bothering you more than usual? Recent studies have revealed that a woman’s sense of smell heightens and becomes more sensitive in the latter half of a normal menstruation cycle as you near ovulation (ovulation= fertility window =best time to try to conceive). While in this fertile phase women are more likely to be attracted to the male pheromone ‘androstenone’ which can contribute to a powerful BO smell.

 

Sign Two: The cervical mucus changes consistency

When you’re not ovulating your discharge may be sticky, cloudy or even go undetected, but as ovulation nears, the body releases more oestrogen which causes the cervical mucus to become stretchy and clear like egg whites. So it’s worth your time acquainting yourself with your cervical mucus and as you recognise the changes it is a valid indicator that you’re at peak fertility.

 

Sign Three: Your feeling and looking a little on the sexy side!

Mother Nature is quite clever, as right around the time you ovulate, your lips may appear fuller (no, not Botox, but courtesy of increased oestrogen) your pupils are dilated and your skin feels super soft. During this time, these subtle yet sexy symptoms ensure that your partner is more attracted to you and heighten the baby making mood. A recent study actually found that men find women more attractive as they near ovulation when a slight change in the women’s voice is detected! Mother Nature has procreation fully covered!

 

Sign Four: Saliva changes 

An odd one, another subtle one, but a definite sign of your ovulation, and it’s called saliva ferning. A ferning pattern (like frost on a windowpane) appears in your saliva which indicates that your body has experienced a surge in LH (luteinising hormones) and occurs right before ovulation. Recognising this pattern requires a fertility microscope and a little detective work, but is a fun, non-invasive way to detect your ovulation cycle. You can buy a Saliva Test here.

 

Sign Five: Ouch! My breasts are super sensitive!

Do you know those days when your breasts feel heavy and achy and all you want to do is get home, flip the clasp and rip the bra off? Breast and nipple sensitivity is heightened due to a surge of hormones entering your body right before and after you ovulate.

 

Sign Six: Ovulation Predicator Kit

Don’t fancy acquainting yourself with sticky mucus, and perhaps your lab skills aren’t quite up to the Saliva Ferning Test and you just want to forget all about how sore your boobs actually are, why not buy an Ovulation Predictor Kit (OPKs)? Created to pinpoint your ovulation 12 to 24 hours in advance by detecting the levels of LH (luteinising hormones) which is the last hormone to reach its peak before ovulation actually takes place. Just like a pregnancy test you simply pee on a stick and wait for the indicator to tell you whether you’re about to ovulate. So easy and totally sticky free!

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