Some women can feel a kind of pain on one of the sides of their lower belly. This sensation even has a name. It’s called –Mittelschmerz (German: middle pain).
I have been asked a lot whether a woman can use that sign, to know when she is ovulating and then act upon her goal – either preventing or achieving pregnancy.
For those who wish to prevent pregnancy – the answer is no. If you watched some of the videos already, you know that ovulation happens for 24 hours, but a woman is fertile a few days before. With FAM we don’t try to know exactly when ovulation occurs. Our purpose is to identify the fertility window.
Moreover, the ovulation pain, unlike the 3 signs we follow, is not necessarily consistent. A lot of women who feel that sensation say that it can be here and there, and that they will not feel ovulation at all or not in the same way in a different cycle.
Those changes happen usually together with lifestyle changes, nutrition changes, different level of stress and more.
Another thing that these factors can cause is delayed ovulation. You might feel that pain but you will not ovulate. And only after a few days, or sometimes later, you might feel that sensation again, and only then will you actually ovulate. But you will not have any way to know that this is the case…unless you take your temperature every day.
So the bottom line is that it’s not enough to solely rely on sensing the ovulation pain. You are fertile before you actually feel it.
And for those of you who wish to get pregnant, yes, you can use that sensation to know when to have intercourse. But then again, you might only allow yourself a small window of opportunity. If you track your secretions you can have a wider fertility window. And with taking your temperature, you can verify pregnancy.