There are different ways to pinpoint ovulation, such as charting your cycles or using an ovulation predictor kit. But what about physical changes in your body that signal ovulation is occurring? During ovulation, there are many physiological changes that let a woman know that the time is right. From the subtle to the not so subtle, here are the hints you should look out for.


Changes in cervical mucus: This is probably the most obvious sign of ovulation. The mucus becomes slick, clear and more abundant. You may also notice that you feel more lubricated at all times of the day.

Your breasts feel tender: Just as hormones can cause breast tenderness during the menstrual cycle, they can also have the same effect just before and during ovulation. For some women, this is a subtle change; for others, it is quite intense.

You’re experiencing cramps: You might start to feel pain or cramps during ovulation. They can range from a mild twinge to severe cramps on one side of the lower abdomen. This happens when the egg is being released during ovulation.

You’re glowing: It may sound far-fetched, but some studies indicate that women appear more attractive during the time just before ovulation. Men who were shown photographs of ovulation and non-ovulating women predominately viewed the ovulating women as being more beautiful. Mother Nature even gives you fuller lips and softer skin to lure your mate during ovulation. Not only that, but women themselves have reported that they feel sexier and prettier in their mid-cycle.  So if you find that the mirror seems to adore you more than usual, it could mean you’re prime for making a baby.