Why Ovulation is Important and How to Track It

🥚Ovulation doesn't get the attention it deserves...

Periods get all the limelight but Ovulation is actually the main event!

In fact, it's the whole point!

When I talk about balancing hormones and maintaining cycle health (which I do A LOT) what I actually want you to achieve is optimum ovulatory health because…

No ovulation = No period. 

So what's going on down there?

Brace for the science bit....

Just before midpoint in your menstrual cycle, there is a peak in estrogen (your "Doing" hormone).

This surge in estrogen makes a secret signal to the pituitary gland in your brain (Twit Tawooo)

that it's time to boost Luteinizing hormone (LH) and release 'the chosen one' from your ovaries.

This egg among all eggs won the follicle development race during the first half of your cycle, and will now be released to go forth to make a new human (maybe).

It then takes a brave daring journey into your fallopian tube to await a friendly sperm to fertilise it before it moves on to the uterus (aka baby boudoir) to get that bun baking.

👉 This is your most fertile window and most opportune time for pregnancy (it's a no-sausage zone unless you want a brand new small human).

Why is Ovulation so important?

Well, apart from making babies, obvs...

Ovulation is crucial in your cyclical health to keep the body producing and balancing the hormones that maintain harmony in your inner ecosystem.

Plus it is the ONLY way you make progesterone.

After you ovulate, the follicle in your ovaries that the egg was released from swells in size (up to 4cm 😱) and turns into the Corpus Luteum.

The Corpus Luteum is where progesterone is produced, and it has a lifespan of about 10-16 days, it will be unique for you, but typically is about 14 days. 

👉 This is what determines the length of the second half of your cycle. 

Progesterone is such a crucial hormone in your inner ecosystem and you need it to -

  • Boost thyroid hormone
  • Balance the effects of estrogen
  • Lower the chances of breast cancer
  • Thin the uterine lining which will lighten your period.

And it also...

  • Promotes sleep
  • Helps build muscle
  • Calms the nervous system
  • And protects your heart, brain and bones

And the cool thing is that your body sends you signals it's happening.

👉 Top 10 Hormones for Cycle Harmony (and how to support them)

How to track Ovulation in your cycle?

Just before you ovulate you might notice an abundance of fertile cervical mucus. This is totally NORMAL. It will have a thick, egg-white-like consistency that you can pinch between your fingers and will be stretchy (if you feel so inclined). It acts as a sperm superhighway to get sperms where they need to be quicker. This is a sign of increased estrogen.

Your cervix will also become higher in your vagina, if you track this regularly you will notice it moves position. It will feel firm, like the end of your nose, and is shaped like a doughnut with a tiny hole. 

You may also notice that you feel a bit more horny/punchy than usual thanks to a little bump of testosterone so use that magic wisely.

👉 Fun Fact Did you know you can feel yourself ovulate? It is called mittelschmerz (middle pain in German). It can last for a few minutes or a few hours normally on one side. How amazing is that! You can feel an egg being released!

These are all Biomarkers that you can use to help identify when you ovulate. 

👉 10 Myth-Busting Period Facts

But how do I know if I have definitely Ovulated? 

The most important biomarker in identifying ovulation is your body temperature. 

Your Basal Body Temperature (BBT) is your body temperature at rest. You can add a daily check of your BBT to your cycle tracking by using an under-the-tongue thermometer that displays 2 decimal places.

➡️ For accuracy, you need to take your temp after you wake up and before you get out of bed at the same time each day.

Recording this daily allows you to see when your BBT rises, which confirms you are producing progesterone and ovulation has occurred! 

So now you know! Ovulation really is the most important part of your cycle! And it's so helpful to know that this is happening each and every month so that you know everything is working just as it should. 

To get started charting your cycle get your FREE charting tool and workshop here.

IMPORTANT. Please do not use apps as a form of birth control. Most apps just use an algo to predict fertile windows. You can train in FAM (Fertility Awareness Method) to accurately chart your cycle as a form of birth control. 

Or you can use a device like DAYSY to accurately chart biomarkers in your cycle. 

This article is to help you identify ovulation in your cycle so you can chart and maintain optimum cycle health and quickly spot potential issues.