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strumpet
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I know that really really knowing when you've ovulated requires all the checking your discharge, basal body temperature stuff, but I was wondering something. I get pretty noticeable cramps (mittelschmerz) right when I expect to be ovulating. It isn't debilitating or even really painful, just like a serious muscle tightening just inside one of my hipbones. I assume this has something to do with ovulation. How good of an indication of fertility would you say this is?
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anyone?
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Strumpet: Just so we're clear on what type of an answer you're looking for - are you attempting to get pregnant, or to avoid pregnancy? While what you're describing may be indicative of ovulation, it also may not be. If you're tring to prevent pregnanct, you really don't want to leave it to chance. If this is what you're trying to do, would you like some help in finding a reliable birth control method(s) that would best fit you and your lifestyle/needs?

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No, we use a diaphragm and withdrawal right now, it works for us fine. This is mostly just scientific curiosity.
I was wondering because it coincides with thickened mucus and being super horny, and tends to happen around day 14.

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Some women do have indicators like this, but it really varies from person to person. And because so many other things can cause the same feeling, it could be thought that's what it was on a particular month when it really wasn't. Though if someone were really wishing not to become pregnant - wouldn't be worth the chance of testing the theory. [Smile]

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it does happen every month, seriously like clockwork. the only time it didn't happen was when i was on the pill.
is there a way to test it at all? like those ovulation kits, or by charting temperature etc?

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Charting your cycle by basal temperature and cervical mucus is a good way to test your theory. [Smile] After a few months, when you've gone through enough cycles and gotten the hang of charting, you should be able to see if there's a correlation.

A good book to get you started with charting, if you're interested, is Taking Charge of Your Fertility, by Toni Weschler. You might also want to have a look at the Fertility Awareness Center site.

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