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Bloating During Ovulation

bloating during ovulation

Have you ever wondered why you always get bloated each month at the same time? Or, why you can’t fit in your clothes for only a few days? Well, it could be due to the fact you are ovulating. Yes, bloating during ovulation is a thing, and it is not a good thing as you and I know.

Unfortunately, it is actually something women need to add to their list of horrible symptoms felt each month. Don’t you agree that women deserve awards for everything they need to face for just being females. 

But, you are luck today. I have some good news.

Bloating during ovulation can be managed to the point of toleration or avoided completely. Pain killers like Advil or Tylenol can ease some PMS symptoms, but it doesn’t manage bloating during ovulation.

I wish there was a pill you can take to avoid all the symptoms you have to deal with during certain times of the month.

There is no one pill, but there are certain foods and actions you can do to help you. If you would like to know why ovulation causes bloating and how to solve the problem, keep reading. 

bloating during ovulation

In this post, the following will be discussed.

  • What is ovulation?
  • Can ovulation cause bloating?
  • What causes bloating after ovulation?
  • Bloating During Ovulation Remedies
  • Other Signs of Ovulation
  • How can I know I am ovulating?

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Also, I am not a doctor. If you have any concerns about bloating, please contact your doctor. This post is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as medical advice. 

What is ovulation?

The female eggs live in the ovaries. Normally, eggs will stay in the ovaries until they mature. The maturation process takes about 175 days. That is every five or six menstrual cycles, you have eggs that mature.


Ovulation occurs when the ovaries release an egg from the follicle.

Normally, this happens once every month, usually between days 11 and 21 of your cycle. And sometimes two eggs can be released. That is one way multiples (twins, triplets, quadraplets) occur.

Once the mature egg is released, it begins moving down the fallopian tube and waits for sperm to fertilize it. So, this day is the day you are most fertile.

If you want to conceive, this is the day you should baby dance. Baby dancing the day before and after ovulation is also great! Your chance of conception will still be quite high during those days. 

But, if the egg doesn’t get fertilized, it is released from the body through the menstrual cycle. The menstrual period is the shedding of the uterine lining which is prepared for possible pregnancy.

If the egg is fertilized, it begins to divide and grow into an embryo. It also implants itself in the lining of the uterus. Then, It continues to grow there.

You will not shed the uterine lining. That is why you don’t get your period during pregnancy. 

Sometimes, ovulation causes some pain on one side of the abdomen and it can also cause some spotting. About one-fifth of women experience ovulation pain.

But, only five percent of women experience ovulation bleeding. This could be light bleeding or spotting.

Also, sometimes women due to fertility issues don’t ovulate at all or they form cysts on the ovaries which is also known as polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Moreover, ovulation doesn’t always happen at the same time even for a single person. You may ovulate on day 14 during one cycle, and ovulate on day 16 during another cycle.

This is due to environmental, hormonal, and health changes. It is totally normal not to always ovulate on the same day of each cycle. I always ovulate on different days of my cycles. 

bloating during ovulation

Can ovulation cause bloating?

The answer to that is absolutely YES!

It is actually a very common symptom of ovulation and fortunately, it usually doesn’t last more than two days. That does not mean it is not bad, but hopefully that gives you some hope and relief that it will end soon. 

So, what is bloating? Bloating is the feeling of fullness and tightness in the abdomen. It is usually caused by water retention or gas.

Sometimes, your belly will actually swell up and many people will notice. Or, in my case, some people may ask you if you are pregnant.

Yes, that has actually happened to me! It was awkward telling them no I am just ovulating. You should have seen the look they gave me. I would have been better off saying yes I think I am pregnant, lol. 

Important: If bloating does not go away within a few days, you should see a doctor. Or, if it happens more than just during ovulation or is painful, you should see a doctor right away.

That is because bloating could be a symptom of something way more serious. Ovulation should just cause slight pain.

If you are experiencing extreme pain or bloating or any other symptom, please call a doctor and get the help you need. You may have a fatal disease or a fatal problem.

Talk to your doctor about any concerns. Do not wait! Better safe than sorry. 

Some similar symptoms may occur for different reasons like:

  • You have cysts.

Cysts not only causes bloating, but it also causes pain. Pain that may come and go as you move along the days of your cycle.

Cysts can rupture which is a huge problem. The bigger the cyst is, the higher chance it will burst. If a cysts bursts, it will cause extreme pain and may cause internal bleeding which is very dangerous. 

  • You have Endometriosis.

Endometriosis is caused when the endometrium tissue grows outside the uterus. This causes lots of pain. 

  • An ectopic pregnancy, a pregnancy that occurs outside the uterus, can cause pain in the abdominal area, bleeding, bloating and shoulder pain.

This can be fatal or you may lose a fallopian tube. So, be very careful.

This is also fatal. Appendicitis occurs when something goes wrong with the appendix and it becomes inflamed. You will have your appendix removed via surgery. It is better to catch it before it ruptures. 

Always call your doctor when you are unsure about what’s going on. Again, it is always better to stay safe than sorry. 

What causes bloating during ovulation?

It works like this. During ovulation, the hormones estrogen and LH peak. Estrogen is usually high mid-cycle and right after ovulation.

This rise of Estrogen and LH has a negative effect on the digestive system slowing down everything. This rise in hormones also causes water retention, which means that you may be bloated and gain a bit of weight without any change in your diet.

Trust me don’t weigh yourself mid-cycle. This weight gain could also be due to fuller breasts which is another symptom of ovulation. 

The symptom also occurs right after ovulation because the hormone progesterone starts to increase which causes food to move slower in the intestines which in result causes bloating and constipation. Doctors call this Delayed GI Transit Time.

Also, there is actually something call premenstrual bloating which may occur one week before your period.

Ovulation and premenstrual bloating are different. You can tell the difference between ovulation bloating and premenstrual bloating by acknowledging the times they occur.

Premenstrual bloating occurs right before you expect your period. Ovulation bloating occurs during or right before the time of ovulation which is during mid-cycle. 

I guess we will never catch a break! If you find yourself always bloated after your period finishes, you know why now. 

There is a tea that could help with PMS Symptoms, Click here to see it. 

bloating during ovulation

Bloating During Ovulation Remedies

Fortunately, bloating during ovulation can be avoided, decreased, or at least managed. Here are some ways to help manage bloating during ovulation.

  • You should try to avoid salt or limit the intake of salt after your period ends.

Do not take more than 1500 mg of salt a day.

That is because salt causes water retention just as the hormone estrogen does.

Again, water retention causes bloating and mild weight gain. If you eat salt and you usually bloat during ovulation, you will have a huge tummy or look pregnant. 

  • Increase the amount of magnesium you intake.

Some foods that are high in magnesium are fish and avocado. Magnesium helps ease water retention.

Also, eat certain types of nuts like cashews and almonds because they are rich in magnesium. Scientists even suggest that pumpkin seeds are rich in magnesium.

Try to increase intake of magnesium when your period ends (before ovulation period). If you ovulate after your period immediately, begin doing these tricks when your period starts. 

  • Eat more potassium.

Potassium causes more urination which in return causes the release of water from your body just like magnesium. 

Try to eat food like avocado, bananas, oranges, sweet potatoes, and spinach. Drinking black tea is also great for getting rid of water. The more water you can get rid of, the more comfortable you will be. 

  • Take diuretics.

Diuretics are pills taken to release water and salt from the body which both cause bloating. If you want to avoid taking medicine, no worries. I hate taking pills.

They make me feel sick and nauseous. Fortunately, some foods naturally have diuretic properties in them like pineapples, hibiscus, and parsley.

Also, coffee and black tea has diuretic properties. Pick two and stick with them. Thee is no need to eat and drink all of these. 

  • Drink more water.

Yes, that sounds wrong. Wouldn’t drinking more water cause you to gain more water weight and bloat more? No, it actually has the opposite effect on the body. 

When you drink more water, your kidneys become stronger and work so much better which helps produce more urine and release the extra water. Water solves everything.

So, intake more. Drink 8 cups of water. You should drink more if you exercise.  

  • Probiotics

Probiotics are good for the digestive symptom and can help move things along. 

If you want specific types of bacteria that work best for bloating, they are Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium Lactis.

You can find yogurts that have probiotic cultures which will definitely do the trick. This is good for you even if you do not have bloating. It could help with constipation!

  • Avoid sodium and sugars.

Sodium causes an increase in water retention too. Sugars have lots of sodium in them so avoid them as much as possible. I know that is hard to be done.

Just try managing the amount of intake of sugar. Look at the labels to know how much sugar and sodium the things you are eating have. If you are craving sweets, there are healthier options.

You just need to look for them. Also, avoid foods that are high in carbohydrates. They just harm your body!

  • Exercise.

The more you exercise, the less bloat you will have and the healthier you are. Try to exercise for an hour three times a week.

Watch your favorite show or hear your favorite songs. It will help the time move faster. Exercising decreases bloating and will help you feel better during ovulation.

You can simply go for walks if working out is not an option.             

  • Meditate.

Meditation can help relax the digestive system, and move things along. It will also improve your overall mental and physical health.

If if you are bloated, meditation can ease the aches. Meditate more, you will love yourself more!

Other Signs of Ovulation

Ovulation comes along with many symptoms including:

  • Lower Than Higher Body Temperature

There will be a slight shift in body temperature from low to high which would mean you have already ovulated. The bad thing about it is you would only find out after ovulation that you have ovulated. 

I used to take my temperature for a few cycles. I would record the readings and then compare them. Then, I would able to guess when I would ovulate. This is very helpful if you are trying to conceive. 

  • Nausea

Not every woman feels this. I used to feel it sometimes, and then I would take an ovulation test to confirm it. Trust your body. It always shows signs that something is occurring. You just have to listen.

  • Increased Egg White Cervical Mucus:

It could mean you are ovulating, or you will ovulate the next day. This sign occurs every time you ovulate. Figure out when you ovulate with an ovulation kit.

Then, count the number of days between when you actually ovulated and when you have seen the egg white cervical mucus. This could help you calculate without ovulation kits.  

  • Increased Sex Drive:

This helps with conception. Your body is telling you when you should baby dance. Use this to your advantage if you are trying to conceive.

Orgasms supposedly help with conception, but it does not mean that if they do not occur you wouldn’t get pregnant. 

  • Swollen Vagina:

Not every woman notices this. But, sometimes ovulation cause increases blood flow to the vaginal area. This is why it swells up. You may not feel anything. So, it may go unnoticed. 

  • Open Cervix:

The cervix will open and get closer as ovulation approaches. This makes conception easier. It allows sperm to enter the uterus. Your body works for conception. 

  • Ovulation Pain:

Pain can be felt on one side or in the middle. Not everyone feels this, but if you do look at the positive side. You would know when you ovulate which will help in conception. 

  • Light Spotting:

Only 5 percent of women bleed during ovulation. Even though it is a very low percentage, it still occurs to some women. You should not expect heavy bleeding like a period. It should not fill up a pantliner. 

  • Heightened Sense Of Smell, Taste, or Vision:

Many women may notice this. Trust your body again. If you feel your senses become more sensitive, you may be ovulating. 

  • Breast Tenderness:

Hormones are fluctuating during ovulation. Your breasts may become very sensitive as progesterone increases. This is also a sign of early pregnancy. 

To learn more about the symptoms of ovulation, click here. 

How to know if I am ovulating?

There are different ways to know if you are ovulating. Here are the methods to know if ovulation is occurring. 

  1. Take an ovulation test. There are many available on Amazon. Click here for my favorite ovulation tests.
  2. Check your cervix. It should be closer and open. Simply stick a finger up there and check. I say simply, but this is quite hard and most women do not know how to do it.  
  3. Track your temperature. If your temperature drops then increases, you have ovulated. 
  4. Check your cervical mucus. It should be like egg whites. 
  5. Track your cycle using an app like glow. There are many apps out there. 

Fun Fact: Did you know that pregnancy also causes bloating. If you are bloated for a longer time than usual, it may be pregnancy.

Check out this forum to learn more about others feeling the same way.

Have you read these before? They can help you!

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If you want to know more, watch this video “Can Ovulation Cause Cramping, Bloating and An Increased Appetite” (Bloating During Ovulation) [02 min 2 sec]


In Conclusion Bloating During Ovulation

Here is everything you need to know about bloating during ovulation. If you have any questions, please leave a comment and I will get back to you as soon as possible. How do you feel during ovulation? What are your symptoms? How do you manage those symptoms? Let’s support each other and help each other solve monthly female problems! We can fight these horrible symptoms. We just need to know how from experienced women out there. Share your solutions!

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1 year ago

Great information! This help me to learn a lot for sure.

1 year ago

What a great resource. I have had several things help me when I feel bloated. eating less salty stuff definitely helps.

1 year ago

Super helpful. I had no idea of bloating during ovulation. Thanks for the suggestions on what to do to help prevent it!

Gervin Khan
Gervin Khan
1 year ago

It is so nice to know everything about this I am glad that not having a problem or symptoms during ovulation and during my menstruation.

Charina Rasing
1 year ago

Wow, very informative! Usually I feel hungry and bloated during ovulation. And just days before my period, I am starting to feel sick.

1 year ago

I wasn’t aware of this. It is good to pay attention to our bodies and have a good awareness of what is going on.

1 year ago

So much good information. No wonder I have midcycle bloat!

1 year ago

i used to have this every once in a while and recall eating bananas to help..
thanks for this useful post

Sonia Seivwright
1 year ago

Since I had my daughter, I always get bloated when I’m ovulating. I didn’t understand why…now I do. thanks for sharing.

Monica Simpson
Monica Simpson
1 year ago

Sometimes I feel like ovulation week is worse than period week!

1 year ago

YES! When I am not working out on a regular basis I really feel it at this time!

Amy Liu Dong
Amy Liu Dong
1 year ago

Great article and I have learn a lot from this. Ovulation is such an important matter of our monthly cycle that we understand. Glad, that I don’t experiencing symptoms during my ovulation and menstruation period.

1 year ago

I did not know adding potassium could help with bloating. I’m going to keep that in mind! Thanks!

Forever My Little Moon

I must be one of the lucky ones as I don’t seem to have any symptoms when I ovulate, however, menstruation is a whole other story.