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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 a pair of jeans 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. 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. Pain killers can ease some PMS symptoms, but it doesn’t manage bloating during ovulation. 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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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 equivalent to 5 or 6 menstrual cycles.

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. Once the mature egg is released, it moves 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.

But, if the egg doesn’t get fertilized, it is released from the body through the menstrual cycle. If the egg is fertilized, it begins to divide and grow into an embryo. It also implants itself in the lining of the uterus. 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 in the form of light bleeding or spotting. Also, sometimes women due to fertility issues don’t ovulate at all or they form cysts on the ovaries (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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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 symptom. It also causes water retention, which means that you may be bloated and gain a bit of weight without any change in your diet. This weight gain could also be due to fuller breasts which is another symptom of ovulation. 

This 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. 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 but the times they occur. 

I guess we will never catch a break!

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 your intake. 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. 
  • Increase the amount of magnesium you intake. Some foods that are high in magnesium are fish and avocado. Magnesium helps ease water retention. Also, avoid certain types of nuts like cashews and almonds because they 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. 
  • 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 and parsley. Also, coffee 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. 
  • Probiotics: They are good for the digestive symptom and can help move things along. 
  • 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. 
  • Meditation: It can help relax the digestive system, and move things along. 

bloating during ovulation

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. 

I used to take my temperature for a few cycles. I would record the readings and then compare them. I was then 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. 

  • Increased Egg White Cervical Mucus:

It could mean you are ovulating, or you will ovulate the next day.

I usually got it about 24 hours beforehand.

  • 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. 

  • Open Cervix

The cervix will open and get closer. 

  • Ovulation Pain

Pain can be felt on one side or in the middle. 

  • Light Spotting

Only 5 percent of women bleed during ovulation.

  • Heightened Sense Of Smell, Taste, or Vision
  • Breast Tenderness

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.
  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. 

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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Leave a comment below. 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.



  1. 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.

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

  3. Amy Liu Dong says:

    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.

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

  5. Monica Simpson says:

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

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

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

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

  9. 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.

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

  11. Gervin Khan says:

    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.

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

  13. sarah says:

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

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

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