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What are some easily noticed signs or symptoms of ovulation?

we are ttc and i have ordered some ovulation test but i was wonder i am having trouble what are some noticeable signs of symptoms that i am ovulation and is it possible that i can ovulate right after my period??

Ovulation is the release of a single, mature egg from a follicle that developed in the ovary. It usually occurs regularly, around day 14 of a 28-day menstrual cycle. Once released, the egg is capable of being fertilized for 12 to 48 hours before it begins to disintegrate. Although there are several days of the month in which a woman is fertile, she is most fertile during the days around ovulation. Having sex at least every other day during that week is a good strategy, if you want to get pregnant.

If you are attempting conception, predicting your ovulation period can enhance your chances of getting pregnant. The easiest and least technical method of predicting ovulation involves simply counting days. Our ovulation calendar provides an easy and free way to learn about your most fertile times.

When counting days in an attempt to pin point ovulation, the first day of your period, when you start bleeding, is commonly 14 days after your ovulation.

If you have a regular cycle, then this method can work for you. For example, if you have a perfect 30-day cycle, you will ovulate around day 16 (30-14=16). Day 1 is the first day of your next period. Women who frequently miss periods or have widely varying cycles will gain little information from this method. It is best to combine this method with others in order to get a more accurate determination of when you are ovulating.

A better natural method involves noticing physical symptoms, which deal with ovulation such as basal body temperature, cervical mucus changes and others like lower abdominal pains, which are symptoms of ovulation. The body temperature chart is a daily recording of body temperature, which is an indicator of ovulation (body temperature will rise after ovulation). Cervical mucus monitoring involves examining the mucus that is secreted from the cervix, which enables you to predict the time of ovulation.

Basal Body Temperature

Another way for you to know if you are ovulating is to keep a record of where you are in your menstrual cycle. The Basal Body Temperature chart records the change in temperature that occurs after ovulation. It cannot predict when ovulation will occur in a given cycle, but by looking at records from a few cycles you can notice a pattern from which ovulation can be estimated.

The best way to record and monitor body temperature is with a BBT chart. You can download a free blank Basal Body Temperature chart in two different formats: PDF or Excel Spreadsheet. This chart also includes an area to record your Cervical Mucus assessments.

A BBT chart provides a good visual basis for determining ovulation:

* Make sure that day one on the chart is the first day of menstruation.

* Every morning, before getting out of bed or going to the bathroom, take your temperature. The use of special basal body thermometers is highly recommended for accurate results. Also, the same thermometer should be used every time.

* Make note of any lack of sleep, drinking alcohol, fever, illness, or emotional stress. It is also helpful to describe the condition of any mucus or discharge.

Just after ovulation, there should be a rise of approximately 0.4-0.6 degrees Fahrenheit (about 0.2 degrees Celsius). The day of ovulation there will be a slight temperature shift. The following two days will climb progressively higher. The rise on the day of ovulation is not distinguishable from the normal ups and downs in the entire pre-ovulatory phase. It is only recognized in retrospect when it forms an upward line with the two days afterward. The post-ovulatory temperatures remain at this new, higher level, until menses when they drop and start the cycle over again. If you are pregnant, your basal body temperature will stay at an elevated level. Due to the fact that the temperature shift happens during ovulation, if you are trying to get pregnant, charting your bbt for at least two months will be necessary so you can determine the point BEFORE ovulation when you are most fertile.

Cervical Mucus Monitoring

The presence and tactile consistency of your cervical mucus undergoes a number of changes during your menstrual cycle. By observing changes in cervical fluid, you can predict ovulation - your most fertile time for conceiving a baby.

One of the purposes of cervical mucus during ovulation is to sustain the sperm in a healthy medium and to allow it to move freely through the cervix. Logically, there will be an increase in cervical mucus at ovulation, as well as a change in texture - the mucus becomes more clear, “stretchable”, and slippery.

Using clean fingers, or if you prefer, toilet paper, you can examine your cervical fluid. Prior to ovulation, during non-fertile periods, you will experience a dryness (or lack of cervical mucus). Gradually, as you approach ovulation, the cervical mucus will increase, though the consistency will be “sticky” and the color will be white, yellow, or cloudy in nature.

Directly prior to ovulation,  (+ info)

What medical conditions have the same symptoms as fibromalgia?

A certain number of tender points are required to diagnose fibromyalgia, but I was only sensitive at about half of them. I have most of the other symptoms associated with fibromyalgia, so, if that's not what I have, what is my disease or condition? (Also tested negative for lupus.)

Conditions That Commonly Occur in Fibromyalgia Patients

A number of conditions overlap or often co-exist with fibromyalgia that have similar symptoms. It is not clear if these conditions or others are risk factors for fibromyalgia, are direct causes, have common causes, or have no relationship at all with CFS.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. There is a significant overlap between fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). In a 2003 study, for example, 43% of CFS patients also were diagnosed with fibromyalgia. As with fibromyalgia, the cause of CFS is unknown and its course is chronic. Both disorders can be diagnosed by a physician only on the basis of symptoms reported by the patient and cannot be confirmed by laboratory tests or other objective measures. The two disorders share most of the same symptoms. They are even treated almost identically. The differences are primarily the following:

* Fatigue is the dominant symptom in CFS. It is severe and not relieved by rest or sleep and not the result of excessive work or exercise.
* Pain with tender points is the primary symptom in fibromyalgia. (Some patients with CFS exhibit similar tender pressure points. However, muscle pain is less prominent in patients with CFS.)

Some physicians believe that fibromyalgia is simply an extreme variant of chronic fatigue syndrome. There is some physical evidence, however, that the two disorders are distinct, with treatments that are specific to each.

Myofascial Pain Syndrome. Myofascial pain syndrome can be confused with fibromyalgia and may also accompany it. Unlike fibromyalgia, myofascial pain tends to occur in trigger points, as opposed to tender points, and typically there is no widespread, generalized pain. Trigger-point pain occurs in taut muscles, and when the doctor presses on these points, the patient may experience a muscle twitch. And unlike tender points, trigger points are often small lumps, about the size of a pencil eraser.

Major Depression. The link between psychological disorders and fibromyalgia is very strong and problematic. Certain studies report that between 50% and 70% of fibromyalgia patients have a lifetime history of depression. Only between 18% and 36% of fibromyalgia patients, however, have concurrent major depression, a severe form of depression. It should be noted that some researchers have observed that people who have both psychological disorders and fibromyalgia are more likely to seek medical help than patients who simply have symptoms of fibromyalgia. Such findings may bias study results and favor a higher-than-actual association between depression and fibromyalgia.  (+ info)

what are the conditions and signs of swine flu?

Because im freaked out by it. And i want to know
Im scared becuz i dont know the conditions or signs of it and ive noiced a change in me. Im not hungry what so ever lately and my throat is killing me :(

Hon, The chance of you having swine flu are very low, There are a lot of things going around, Gargle with salt water, and drink fluids, Think about this, 34,000 people die each year from the flu, (not swine) there is one confirmed death from swine, and it was a small child in mexico, If by some miracle you do get the swine flu, You can get over it without medication. The media is blowing this way out of proportion. But symptoms are, nausea, vomiting, diahrreah, extremely sore throat, body aches, cough, and normal flu symptoms. Don't think so much.  (+ info)

what are signs and symptoms of a stomach ulcer?

I do plan on going to the doctors but i have no heath care at the moment. I have applied to medicare and know it will be covered at a later date but it won't help with prescriptions until i receive it. So i just want to know what the signs and symptoms are and if there is medication they give you for it or what....

Greetings, I myself have been fighting ulcers, they aren't very fun. Here are some symptoms, Frequent heartburn, sudden belching, hot spots in your stomach (feels like someone's branding your insides with a hot poker over and over in 1 spot or more) dark stools that smell very foul (dark stools are due to bleeding ulcers) dizziness (from lower blood count), you will feel hot (stomach acid getting into your blood stream), nausea, blood in your vomit, sever pain after eating high acid content foods or black pepper etc, low appetite and/or get full fast when eating, sudden and unexpected loss in weight, hurts worse when stomach is eating or hurts when trying to sleep.. There are ways you can treat and ultimately get rid of them. Milk is very bad for them because milk turns into lactic acid when it digests, acid is bad. hot peppers help with the bleeding, but the best things to take are Aloe Vera Gel with x3 concentrate mixed with Aloe Vera Gel, Papaya enzymes, they are alkaline which reduce acid levels also it's an enzyme so it helps break down foods so your stomach wont produce as much acid, you can also try a Parasite Cleans, parasites can cause them and make them worse by flourishing in them and eating helpful bacteria in your GI track, the cleanse has really helped mine, in time will cure them. However follow directions on the parasite cleans and you should be alright, also be sure you have no negative reactions to any of the herbs in the cleans. Other things that help are oatmeal with added wheat germ, acidophiles will add extra organisms to help your intestines if they bother you... well hope this was helpful and I hope and pray you do not have ulcers because they aren't any fun if they get very bad, it hospitalized me and I was down and out for several weeks in pain I wouldn't wish on my greatest enemies. Doctors will prescribe things like Protonix to inhibit the proton acid pumps in your stomach, these can have negative long term reactions to your belly. Also there is a known parasite called H-pylori, i think is how it's spelled, that will will cause ulcers by burrowing into your stomach lining, antibiotics will get rid of these,, perhaps the parasite cleans will too. after taking antibiotics tho you want to take probiotic foods or supplements. Smoking, drinking alcohol, and coffee can really upset them, tomatoes do too cause they are high acid content.. anyways sry had to edit and add some more things to this answer. Again, I hope it helps :)  (+ info)

What are the first noticeable signs and symptoms of dementia?

A 50 year old seems to be changing in subtle ways, like forgeting things one time and then remembering the information later. Also getting severe depression at times and lots of crying. Could this be early symptoms of dementia?

50 is pretty damn young to be experiencing dementia. Unless they have a brain tumor or something I kinda doubt thats what it is.  (+ info)

How early can you start to see signs and symptoms of pregnancy?

My period is about a week and 2 days late.
Its all ways very weird, but im just a little concerned because within this last month my boyfriend and i had sex, and at one point it was unprotected.
So i would liike to know how early if anyhing is wrong, how early would i start to see signs.

Right now i just has sore breasts,which also could be a sign of my period coming too.

by the time the egg implants you could have symptoms, that's just a few days after conception.  (+ info)

What could be the signs of pancreatic cancer if there are no symptoms?

As we know, this killer disease has no symptoms and only diagnose when it's too late. What could be done to avoid this or what to do to find out if you are not getting this? Does it start by having stomach aches or similar to indigestion or colon cancer symptoms?

Pancreatic cancer, primarily ductal adenocarcinoma, accounts for an estimated 37,000 cases and 33,000 deaths in the US annually. Symptoms include weight loss, abdominal pain, and jaundice. Diagnosis is by CT. Treatment is surgical resection and adjuvant chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Prognosis is poor because disease is often advanced at the time of diagnosis. (Merck)
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of death from cancer in the United States. The disease is slightly more common in men than in women, and risk increases with age.
The cause is unknown, but it is more common in smokers and in obese individuals. Almost a third of cases of pancreatic cancer are due to cigarette smoking. There is controversy as to whether type 2 diabetes is a risk factor for pancreatic cancer. A small number of cases are known to be related to syndromes that are passed down through families.
Although there's no proven way to prevent pancreatic cancer, you can take steps to reduce your risk, including:
* Quit smoking. If you smoke, quit. Talk to your doctor about ways to help you quit, including support groups, medications and nicotine replacement therapy. If you don't smoke, don't start.
* Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight increases your risk of pancreatic cancer. If you need to lose weight, aim for a slow, steady weight loss — 1 or 2 pounds (0.5 or 1 kilogram) a week. Combine daily exercise with a plant-focused diet with smaller portions to help you lose weight.
* Exercise regularly. Aim for 30 minutes of exercise on most days. If you're not used to exercising, start out slowly and work up to your goal.
* Eat a healthy diet. A diet full of colorful fruits and vegetables and whole grains is good for you, and may help reduce your risk of cancer.
(MayoClinic).  (+ info)

What were your pregnancy signs and symptoms with a second pregnancy?I heard they can be different from the 1st?

I have a feeling that I may be pregnant again. But did anyone have different symptoms the second time around? Like the first time I was pregnant my boobs were insanely sore and grew about a cup size in one week. They are swollen now, but not really tender. I also have other symptoms, some are the same as my first pregnancy, but others arent.

The second time around for me I had severe lower back and hip pain. Turned out that I had elevated progesterone and already being lose from the last pregnancy made it worse. Disappeared around week 8.  (+ info)

What are some signs/symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke?

I was working outside this weekend and it was around 98 degrees. I got really tired pretty quick and my skin was red and splotchy. I just wanted to know if these were signs of heat exhaustion. Thanks!

Symptoms could be absence of sweating, hot red flushed dry skin, difficulty breathing,confusion,agitation,nausea,vomiting, increased body tempt. If this occurs it is best to call 911. Get the person into a shaded area. Take as many of their clothes off as you can. If there is a water hose around then wet them down. If ice packs are available then put them under the arm pits and in the groin area. Get them some type of drink with electrolytes in it. If you have any avocado dip then try to get them to eat that, it is loaded with potassium. But make sure you call 911 if the person is lethargic.  (+ info)

what are the signs and symptoms of copd exacerbation?

i was diagnosed with copd a couple of weeks ago and would like to know the signs and symptoms of copd exacerbation?

This is what I found:

Patient with Signs Symptoms of COPD Exacerbation - Acute exacerbation is defined as a recent deterioration of the person's clinical and functional state that is due to worsening of their COPD. Typical symptoms and signs of COPD exacerbation are given below (adapted from the European Respiratory Society Consensus Statement, Siafakas 1995).

Worsening dyspnea, sometimes at rest
Increased cough
Increased sputum production, often with change in character from mucoid to purulent
Development or increase in wheezing
Loss of energy
Increased respiratory rate
Increased cyanosis
Use of accessory muscles
Peripheral edema
Loss of alertness
Worsening airflow obstruction by FEV1 or peak expiratory flow rate
Worsening of arterial blood gases or pulse oximetry O2 saturation.  (+ info)

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