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Bloating During Ovulation


Have you ever wondered why you always get bloated each month at the same time or 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. Seriously women deserve awards for everything they need to face for just being female. 

The good thing is that this symptom can be managed or avoided. Pain killers 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 we have during this time of the month. 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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Bloating During Ovulation

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  five or six menstrual cycles.


It 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 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 ovulation is also great!

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 prepared for 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. 

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.

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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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 
  • 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 fallopean tube. So, be very careful.
  • Appendicitis can also cause bloating and extreme pain. 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.

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

What causes bloating after 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. 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!

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

Bloating During Ovulation Remedies

Bloating during ovulation can be avoided, decreased, or at least managed.

Here are some ways to help manage bloating.

  • You should try to avoid salt or limit the intake of salt.
    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. 
  • 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.
  • Eat more potassium.
    Potassium causes more urination which in return causes the release of water from your body.  Try to eat food like avocado, banana, oranges, sweet potatoes, and spinach. Drinking black tea is also great
  • 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. Some foods naturally have diuretic properties in them like pineapples, hibiscus, and parsley. Also, coffee and black tea has diuretic properties too.
  • Drink more water.
    Yes, that sounds wrong. But, when you drink more water, your kidneys work so much better which helps produce more urine and release the extra water. Water solves everything. So, intake more. 
  • Probiotics:
    They 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.
  • 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. 
  • Exercise.

         The more you exercise, the less bloat and the healthier you are. Try to           exercise for an hour three times a week. It decreases bloating and will           help you feel better during ovulation. You can simply go for walks. 

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

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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. 

  • Swollen Vagina:

Not every woman notices this. But, sometimes ovulation cause increases blood flow to the vaginal area. This is why it swells up. 

  • Open Cervix:

The cervix will open and get closer. This makes conception easier. It allows sperm to enter the uterus. 

  • 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. 

  • Heightened Sense Of Smell, Taste, or Vision:

Many women may notice this. Trust your body again. 

  • Breast Tenderness:

Hormones are fluctuating during ovulation. Your breasts may become very sensitive. 

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.
  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. 
  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.

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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.


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2 months ago

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

2 months ago

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

2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months ago

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

3 months 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.

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

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

Sonia Seivwright
3 months 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
3 months ago

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

3 months 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
3 months 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.

3 months ago

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

Forever My Little Moon
3 months ago

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.