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Lesser Fertility Signs

In addition to the primary fertility signs of temperature change, cervical mucus and cervical postion changes some woman also notice other changes which may provide additional clues for predicting fertility. Remember that each woman is unique. The important thing is to use the knowledge you have gained to identify our own unique signs, changes and patterns. Remember too, that the signs outlined below should not be taken in isolation and regarded as definite indicators of ovulation and fertility.

Ovulation Pain

About 20% of women experience pain or discomfort prior to, during or just after ovulation. This pain is termed mittelschmerz (German word meaning "middle pain”) and can last for a few minutes through to 48 hours for some woman. Occasionally in addition to pain and discomfort some women may also experience nausea. Because other twinges and cramps can be mistaken for being ovulation pain it is not the best indicator for predicting ovulation, but nevertheless for some woman it can help contribute to the overall picture.

Breast Tenderness:

Some woman experience a sensation of fullness, sensitivity or tenderness in their breasts around the time of ovulation and also premenstrually. It is thought that breast tenderness may be linked to increased levels of progesterone that occur in the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle and during pregnancy.

Ovulation Spotting:

Some woman may notice that their cervical mucus is slightly tinged with blood or appears light pink in colour around the time of ovulation. This is thought to be due to the effect that estrogen has on the lining of the uterus (endometrium). Spotting can vary in duration from minutes to one or two days.

Information on this site is not meant to substitute for the advice of a physician or medical professional and should not be not used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If trying to conceive and you have irregular or absent periods or are not pregnant after 6 months we recommend that you consult a physician.

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