4 Surefire Ovulation Symptoms You Never Noticed Before

Understanding your ovulation cycle is important. It's tricky because so many things are happening in our bodies at all times. However, once you learn the ins and outs of your body's ovulation calendar, which is closely connected to your menstrual cycle, you'll become more aware of why you're feeling certain symptoms during this time of the month.

Becoming familiar with your ovulation cycle is even more vital for women who are trying to get pregnant. Ovulation is when your ovary releases a mature egg that can be fertilized. There are studies that show that ovulation is the reason for PMS and its uncomfortable side effects. Healthy, pain-free periods have a lot to do with your ovulation cycle. To keep up a regular pattern, it's best to avoid things like smoking or unhealthy eating patterns, which are proven to disrupt ovulation cycles.

To spell out every sign of ovulation, we tapped ob-gyn Jennifer Browning, MD, and Sheeva Talebian, MD, director of New York–based fertility clinic CCRM. Read on for a better understanding of ovulation symptoms.