To find out if you’re super fertile, the first thing you’ll want to look for is primary fertility signs, which can be broken down into three categories:
- Basal body temperature
- Cervical fluid
- Cervical positioning
To check your basal body temperature, you’ll need a basal thermometer that can track subtle changes in your body temperature. To find out when you’re fertile, you’ll need to take your temperature daily when you wake up at the same time everyday. Keep track of your temp using an app (like Clue or Glow, for example) or paper and pen (you can find print out charts online) and keep your eye out for the day when you see a visible spike in your temperature.
Next you’ll want to check for cervical fluid and cervical positioning. You can check for both at the same time and I advise checking your cervix daily from the first day of your cycle that you stop bleeding. Your cervix is the knobby protrusion towards the top of your vaginal canal. To check your cervix, you’ll want to insert one finger into your vaginal canal — this is easiest to check while sitting on the toilet — and swipe your finger around the base of your cervix. While you’re up there (hi there, cervix!) you’ll also want to feel around for where your cervical position is…. is it high and hard to reach or riding low in your vaginal canal? Also feel around the cervical opening. Does it feel soft and open, or a bit harder and closed? It may be difficult initially to sense the differences in your cervix, but as you continue checking daily you’ll start to become more sensitive to the changes.
What are you looking for?
To know when you’re super fertile, you’ll want to look out for cervical fluid on your finger that looks similar to an egg white. Super fertile fluid is typically clear and has a very stretchy quality.
For the cervical positioning, all you need to remember to find out if you’re fertile is the acronym SHOW, which stands for Soft, High, Open and Wet.
As you track all three primary fertility signs, when you discover a cervical position that is SHOW, cervical fluid that is clear, stretchy and abundant and a temperature spike, congratulations, it’s highly likely that you’re superfertile!
What else can you look out for?
Secondary fertility signals can also clue you in that you’re super fertile.
1. Mid-cycle ovulation pain (also called mittleschmerz) – will usually show up as a dull or sharp pain on one side of your lower pelvis only.
2. Increased sex drive (especially when coupled with primary fertility signs above)
3. Mid-cycle light spotting (typical during ovulation)
4. Greater verbal acuity.
This one is a little more difficult to pin down, but it’s scientifically documented that during ovulation, women have a better command of verbal and emotional processing (one source here
, but there are many.)
5. Regular periods that come at the same time every month are a good indication that you are regularly fertile.
6. A rise in self-confidence.
Research suggests that women tend to have greater self-esteem, confidence and alertness during ovulation (source
7. Your own findings. Women who chart their cycles often find that there are patterns that are unique to them that can give them clues that they’re ovulating. For example, re-occuring dreams, cravings, desires, thoughts, conversations, etc. If you find that you get a hankering to watch Magic Mike XXL once a month, odds are pretty good that you might be ovulating!