The Best Ways to Ease Bloating During Ovulation

by Mar 27, 2020

Is bloating a symptom of ovulation? Yes, many women experience bloating during ovulation along with other symptoms such as breast tenderness, and one sided pelvic pain called mittelschmerz. There are several things you can do to ease some of these uncomfortable symptoms.

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Why do we get bloating during ovulation?

Ovulation is a time when your body is going through a lot of hormonal changes and one of those is an increase in estrogen levels. Usually between days 11 and 14 of your cycle you will experience this spike which can lead to mood swings, wreak havoc on your digestive tract, and causes headaches and other discomfort for some women.

The changes in your digestive tract makes it common to experience increased water retention for several days. It can also cause slowed digestion rates and increased gas. All of this leads to the uncomfortable bloating feeling.


How to Ease it?

Bloating may be common, but it doesn’t mean you have to suffer through it. If bloating becomes uncomfortable and you just want a little release there are a few things you can do to ease it:

  • Limit your intake of salt by reducing the amount of junk food and processed foods you eat
  • Drink plenty of water each day to help flush your system of excess salt and water
  • Exercise regularly even if you don’t feel like it
  • Limit the FODMAPs in your diet by reducing your intake of wheat, onions, broccoli, cabbage, beans, and other items that might cause gas and bloating
  • Take a gas reducing over-the-counter medication such as Beano before eating
  • Eat foods rich in potassium such as bananas, sweet potatoes, and dark leafy greens
  • Reduce the amount of beer and carbonated beverages you are drinking
  • Use natural diuretics by eating more ginger, cucumbers, and pineapple
  • Increase the amount of magnesium and Omega-3s in your diet by eating more fish, almonds, and avocados
  • Consider talking to your doctor about a magnesium supplement if it is really bad

Also, if you tend to get bloating and pain during ovulation you could use a tracker such as Mira to know when you are hitting that time in your cycle. Knowing it is coming means you can proactively change your diet and prepare for it. If you aren’t using a tracker, knowing the signs of ovulation can be helpful in preparing. Watch for a change in your cervical mucous to an egg white consistency, decrease in basal body temperature, and cramping.

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When to Worry?

While bloating can be a normal luteal phase symptom during the menstrual cycle, if you experience bloating that lasts more than a few days you should probably see your doctor to verify everything checks out okay and there is not something else more serious causing the bloating symptoms. Sometimes bloating during ovulation can be caused by medical conditions such as endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), or an ovarian cyst. These should be ruled out by a doctor.

Many women experience bloating during their menstrual cycle and it is usually not cause for concern. If it becomes uncomfortable try a few dietary changes, exercise, and gas reducing OTCs. Should bloating last more than a few days or become very painful it is best to see your doctor. Just remember you are not alone in facing this common symptom of ovulation.


check icon Medically Reviewed by Banafsheh Kashani, MD, FACOG

Banafsheh Kashani, M.D., FACOG is a board-certified OB/GYN and specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Eden Fertility Centers, and has been treating couples and individuals with infertility since 2014. Prior to joining Eden Centers for Advanced Fertility, she was practicing as a top fertility specialist at Kaiser Permanente in Orange County and Reproductive Fertility Center. Dr. Kashani has received numerous awards throughout her years of study and medical training. 

Dr. Kashani has conducted extensive research in female reproduction, with a specific focus on the endometrium and implantation. Additionally, Dr. Kashani has authored papers in the areas of fertility preservation, and fertility in women with PCOS and Turners syndrome. She also was part of a large SART-CORS study evaluating the trend in frozen embryo transfers and success rates.

Dr. Kashani is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. In addition, she is a diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and an active member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and Pacific Coast Reproductive Society (PCRS). She is also a member of the Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (SREI).

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