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Ovulation

Position and Firmness of Cervix: The position and firmness of your cervix changes over the course of your cycle. Just after your period, your cervix is low, firm and closed. As you near ovulation, it will be soft, wet, higher and more open. (If you have given birth before your cervix may feel more open than someone who has not.) After ovulation, your cervix will slowly return to a lower, firmer, more closed position. To learn more about monitoring the position and firmness of your cervix, click here

Mittelschmerz: This German term refers to the slight abdominal discomfort one in five women feels during ovulation. Some women experience it every month while others only experience it occasionally. Usually it is centered on just one side of the abdomen, can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours, and may range from mild achiness to twinges of pain.

Predictor Kits: Ovulation predictor kits are available over-the-counter at most drugstores and detect the surge in luteinizing hormone (LH) that occurs just before ovulation. They are more reliable than charting your BBT and are able to predict ovulation 12 to 36 hours in advance, giving you a better chance of conceiving. However, it is possible for you to experience a surge in LH without ovulating, so you may get a false-positive reading, and the kits are expensive, ranging in price from $20 to $50.

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