5 crazy things you might not know about your ovulation cycle

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5 Weird signs you’re probably ovulating

Everyone knows about PMS symptoms, like moodiness, irritability, cramps, and bloating. But did you know that your ovulation cycle has some tell-tale signs as well?

Today we’re going to talk about 5 weird symptoms that might mean you’re ovulating.

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5 Weird Facts about your Ovulation Cycle

Ovulation happens (usually) on day 14 of our menstrual cycle.

The first day of your menstrual cycle is the menstruation phase (or your period), followed by the Follicular Phase, Ovulatory phase, and Luteal Phase.

Menstrual Cycle
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That typically lasts for 5-7 days, and then you enter the Follicular phase.

After the Luteal Phase is Ovulation.

The Ovulatory phase lasts for about 5 days as well, and

Ovulation Cramps

This is the #1 symptom I deal with when it comes to ovulation.

For me, Ovulation cramps are way worse than Menstrual cramps, they just don’t last as long.

This might seem strange because Ovulation is supposed to be the time of the month when it’s most optimal to procreate and try to conceive, right?

But it’s hard to want to when you feel miserable.

Not every woman struggles with this, but if you do, you’ll know when you’re ovulating.

Increased Sex Drive

Another big indicator that you’re getting ready to ovulate is increased sex drive.

Before and during ovulation, more blood rushes to the genitals.

Luteinizing Hormone is responsible for the increase in sex drive, and usually peaks a day or two before ovulation.

Our bodies are preparing for pregnancy before and during ovulation, so it makes sense that we would start to feel more sexual around this time.

Base Body Temp Rises

ovulation cycle temp change

Too young for hot flashes, but feel warmer and more uncomfortable than normal?

Something you may not have known before is that during and after ovulation, your basal body temp rises.

It’s not by much, but if you’re sensitive to temp changes like me, you may feel like you have a fever.

Tracking your temperature daily can be a good way to tell where you are in your cycle.

Cervical Softening

Cervical softening

The only way you’ll know about this one is if you are checking it yourself.

Something to feel for is the texture and firmness of the cervix.

During your ovulation cycle, the cervix will feel softer. A lot of people compare it to the softness of your lips.

The cervical mucus will also be thin and more clear if you are ovulating.

Another sign of Ovulation is that the cervix will be high in position.

Swollen Vagina

Ovulation cycle swollen vagina

This might seem alarming, but it’s really okay.

During Ovulation the vulva and outside of the vagina may feel swollen. Part of this is likely due to increased blood flow.

So much is happening during this time, as the body is preparing to possibly become pregnant.

Our hormones definitely affect the vulva, and hormonal changes can make it swell.

Make sure to track this though, because if your vaginal area is feeling swollen and it’s not due to ovulation, menstruation, sex, or pregnancy, it could be an infection.

Always talk to your health care provider if you feel like something is wrong.

What if I have a hormone imbalance?

Hormone imbalance is a very common thing for women, so if you feel like your hormones are out of whack, they probably are.

This isn’t something that can’t be fixed though!

There are a lot of things you can do to balance your hormones, including:

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