[How do self-observed cycle symptoms correlate with ovulation?]

Zentralbl Gynakol. 1996;118(12):650-4.
[Article in German]


The symptoms of self-observation of the menstrual cycle (basal body temperature, mucus symptom, autopalpation of the cervix) are often regarded as not reliable for ovulation detection. In a prospective study 87 NFP cycles are monitored additionally with ultrasound and LH tests to calculate the correlation of the ovulation-time with the symptoms of self-observation. Our results show that the symptoms of self-observation allow a reliable detection of the time of ovulation. Only a short introduction into the method of self-observation is a necessary precondition. The reliable detection of ovulation gives the opportunity of cycle analysis of large groups especially in long time investigations. In this way a large set of valuable and reliable data on normal and disturbed menstrual cycles will be available.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Body Temperature / physiology
  • Cervix Mucus / physiology
  • Cervix Uteri / physiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Luteinizing Hormone / blood
  • Menstrual Cycle / physiology*
  • Natural Family Planning Methods*
  • Ovulation Detection*
  • Palpation
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Pregnancy
  • Prospective Studies
  • Reference Values
  • Reproducibility of Results


  • Luteinizing Hormone