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.
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.
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.