Menstrual Cycle Day 12publishdate
What is happening internally?
Estrogen is reaching its all-time-high level, due to the fully developed and large follicle. The hypothalamus sends releasing hormones to the pituitary gland, which sends out a sudden burst of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). This prompts the follicle to its last stage of maturation, and prepares it for rupture. The uterine lining is thick, and ready to house a fertilized egg.
Cervical fluid changes from creamy to clearer. The vagina may feel wet or lubricative. The cervix rotates upward becoming soft, and the external "os" (cervical opening) will open. Basal body temperature is low. You may be feeling ovulatory twinges, or pain in the area of your ovaries. Your libido is increasing.
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