Bloating During Ovulation: How to Reduce It

Bloating during ovulation: how to reduce it
Submitted and Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Mavra Farrukh


Bloating generally is undeniably frustrating. You are not alone if you’re experiencing uncomfortable tightness around your waist or abdomen every month. This bloating during ovulation can cause an unpleasant sensation and causes your stomach to protrude. 

For most women, it is like clockwork, and the timing is the same each month because bloating is related to hormonal changes at the time of ovulation. So let us find out how to manage bloating and cramps during ovulation. 

What is Ovulation?

Ovulation is the process where a mature egg is released from an ovary. It makes its way down the fallopian tubes where fertilization occurs if a sperm reaches the egg. In most cases, ovulation occurs 10 to 16 days before your period. An ovulation calculator may help predict the time that you ovulate every month. You might experience cramps and bloating during ovulation or before ovulation or bloating in ovulation.

Furthermore, ovulation can sometimes lead to a heightened sense of smell, an increase in sex drive, and an overall feeling of well-being. However, some people experience bloating during ovulation and gas, breast tenderness, and abdominal discomfort.

​​What is Bloating?

Bloating is uncomfortable when your abdomen feels tight or you experience pressure around your waist. It can feel painful. The gas during ovulation can cause such a sensation, resulting in the distension of the stomach. Bloating can be confused with water retention. Although they are separate things. Bloating due to hormonal fluctuations is a gassy feeling of increased pressure. Water retention can cause localized swelling and heaviness but doesn’t cause gassiness. Bloating can have many causes. For example, eating particular food may cause extreme bloating during ovulation.

Some women can experience Heartburn during ovulation. An upset stomach, indigestion, and bloating are just a few of the digestive symptoms brought on by hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle. During ovulation, the body releases the hormone progesterone, which can relax the muscles in the digestive tract, leading to slower digestion and increased gas production. This can cause bloating, as well as an upset stomach and indigestion.

Signs of Ovulation Bloating

Some women experience multiple symptoms of ovulation, including:

  • Changes in vaginal discharge: Discharge usually becomes evident, stretchy and increases in quantity. You may notice discharge on your underwear or feel it while wiping.
  • Changes in basal body temperature: The body temperature usually rises slightly after ovulation. 
  • Changes in cervical position: Normally, the cervix is soft, high, and more open. However, figuring out the position of your cervix during ovulation can be hard.
  • Mittelschmerz pain:  Some individuals experience dull or sharp lower abdominal pain that occurs on one side. It may be associated with mild vaginal discharge or bleeding. This may last from just a few minutes to one or two days. 

Besides ovulation bloating, additional symptoms include:

  • Mild spotting
  • Mild cramping
  • Breast tenderness
  • One-sided abdominal pain
  • Heightened sense of taste, smell or vision
  • Increased libido
If you’re trying to conceive or have questions regarding ovulation, consult with one of our doctors online.

What Causes Bloating During Ovulation? 

The hormonal changes during and after ovulation lead to ovulation bloating. These hormonal changes can affect the digestive tract. Primarily due to high estrogen levels, water retention may occur. Collectively this results in bloating during ovulation. 

How Long Does Ovulation Bloating Last?

The duration can vary from person to person. But, mostly, you experience bloating during your ovulation week. 

Bloating and cramping during ovulation or bloating and gas during ovulation can last from a few hours to a few days. Bloating on its own can occur three days before ovulation and last as many as seven days after the egg is released. 

Is Bloating Normal During Ovulation?

Bloating during ovulation or bloating before ovulation is not a red flag. It is a common symptom. Ovulation is when a lot of changes occur in your body, which is why midcycle bloating occurs. The surge in the levels of Luteinizing hormone (LH) and oestrogen levels just before the start of ovulation can trigger bloating. 

Usually, ovulation bloating resolves on its own. However, in some conditions, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or endometriosis, you can experience severe bloating or diarrhea or continue feeling gassy during ovulation.

Are you bloated while ovulating? Talk with our doctor to discuss your concerns.

Ovulation bloating and premenstrual bloating

The most direct way to differentiate between ovulation bloating and premenstrual bloating is to track your menstrual cycle. 

Bloating and cramping during ovulation appear in the middle of your cycle, usually a few days before actual ovulation. In contrast, premenstrual bloating occurs a week before your period, beginning after ovulation. 

Additionally, premenstrual bloating can be accompanied by other symptoms such as:

  • Mood swings and irritability
  • Swollen, tender breasts
  • Abdominal cramping  
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Constipation 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Fatigue 

Pregnancy Bloating vs Period Bloating

Ovulation symptoms, such as bloating, mood swings, sore breasts, and one-sided pelvic pain, closely resemble those experienced during the early weeks of pregnancy. That is why a confusional state might arise, whether ovulating or pregnant, especially if you are trying to conceive. If you have had unprotected sex and are experiencing symptoms such as nausea or vomiting, you may need to take a pregnancy test. Moreover, take a pregnancy test if your period is delayed or if you are confused regarding ovulation bleeding.

Bloating during ovulation is quite common and usually subsides after the phase is over. Extreme bloating during your period or around the time of your period is a common symptom that arises from hormonal fluctuations as well. You may consult our online doctor if you are unable to differentiate between the two or are experiencing period bloating but you look pregnant,

Bloating and Weight Gain

Weight gain during ovulation and gas after ovulation are commonly experienced symptoms by women. Bloating during ovulation can lead to mild weight gain. This occurs due to water retention and fuller breast changes brought on by hormonal fluctuations. Sometimes, this accumulation of fluids due to estrogen can occur throughout and during pvMajor food cravings could also rear their ugly head ovulation phase. Cravings for high-sodium processed foods like potato chips and french fries can amplify this ovulation bloating, water retention, and consequently, weight gain. 

How to Manage and Reduce Severe Bloating During Ovulation?

There are several ways to manage hormonal bloating, cramping after ovulation or constipation during ovulation. The following practices have proven to provide relief:


Slow digestion can lead to bloating during ovulation. Getting some exercise or physical activity helps to ease bloating and gas.


Increased stress can increase your stomach acid levels, directly increasing your chances of ovulation bloating. Take time to relax before your monthly ovulation to counteract this. Yoga classes, aromatherapy, massage, and meditation are ways that help you to relax better. 


Studies indicate that Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium lactis can help to improve bloating symptoms. Consuming probiotic supplements containing at least one billion CFUs (colony-forming units) of these live strains has proven to have a positive impact. 


Bloating can often be caused by food intolerances. Limiting food groups classified as FODMAPs can help alleviate the symptoms. FODMAP stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols. Artificial sweeteners, wheat and lactose are the main culprits. In addition, drinking lots of water and limiting salt intake can help prevent water retention. 

Potassium and magnesium

Food that contains potassium and magnesium, like bananas, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, kale and spinach, may help to minimize your ovulation bloating. This is because a lack of potassium and magnesium can cause the water to retain water.

Avoid trigger foods 

Certain foods, such as processed foods and carbonated beverages, can contribute to bloating. Avoiding these foods during ovulation may help reduce bloating.

Drink plenty of water. 

Staying hydrated can help reduce bloating by flushing out excess water from the body. Try to drink eight glasses of water or more each day.

Avoid tight clothing

Wearing a tight dress can constrict the abdomen and contribute to bloating. Opt for loose, comfortable clothing during ovulation to help reduce bloating.

Herbal remedies

Certain herbs like ginger or fennel may help reduce bloating and aid digestion. These can be consumed in the form of teas, capsules or spices.

Over-the-counter medications

Over-the-counter medications, such as anti-gas or anti-bloating, can relieve bloating symptoms. 

Lifestyle modifications and some of the things listed above can help minimize bloating.

Limit your daily sodium intake by avoiding fatty, salty, processed junk foods. 

How to Avoid Weight Gain During Ovulation?

There is plenty that you can be done to prevent weight gain during ovulation. Some natural ways to avoid adding unwanted pounds during ovulation include:

Eating a healthy diet: Cravings are quite common during this phase. Instead of denying the cravings, you can work smartly and replace the cookies, cakes, and complex carbs with alternatives such as quinoa and buckwheat, brown rice and legumes that take longer to break down and keep you full for longer. They provide you with a lot more energy and are a better alternative to snacking.

Some supplements: Consuming B vitamins, Vitamin D, iron supplements, and magnesium can help boost your metabolism and overcome weight gain during ovulation.

B vitamins, particularly B12 and B6, aid your body’s to convert proteins, fats, and carbohydrates into energy. Vitamin D helps stabilize blood glucose, which can ward off those cravings.

Moreover, iron can help reduce the probability of water retention as it carries oxygen to the muscles to burn fat and magnesium.

Destress: Relieving stress definitely helps. Exercise burns calories and releases hormones that help you feel relaxed.

When to Consult a Doctor 

Ovulation bloating is considered a typical sign, but that doesn’t mean you have to tolerate the discomfort. Mostly it resolves itself within a few days. However, if your bloating lasts for more than just a few days, it is advisable to talk to a doctor. The doctors at Your Doctors Online can find the cause behind the bloating and assist you accordingly. 

Do you have bloating? Talk with one of our doctors to find the cause

FAQs About Bloating During Ovulation Answered by Your Doctors Online Team

Does ovulation cause bloating?

The hormonal changes during and after ovulation lead to ovulation bloating. These hormonal changes can affect the digestive tract. Primarily due to high estrogen levels, water retention may occur. Collectively this results in bloating during ovulation.

Can ovulation cause nausea?

Ovulation can induce nausea in some women. Abdominal discomfort or pain can contribute to that. 

How long does bloating last in early pregnancy?

Bloating due to pregnancy appears around week 11 and can last throughout your pregnancy up until the delivery day.

Why am I so gassy on my period?

Fluctuations in hormones can cause lead to the accumulation of gas. High levels of estrogen cause gas, constipation, and trapped air in your intestinal tract

When does ovulation weight go away?

Ovulation weight that occurs due to bloating or water retention can take a few days to normalize after the ovulation phase has ended. 

Can the luteal phase cause bloating?

Yes, bloating is a common symptom experienced by many women during their luteal phase, which is the second half of their menstrual cycle. During this time, the body prepares for a possible pregnancy by producing progesterone, which can cause water retention and bloating. Hormonal fluctuations during this phase can also affect digestion, leading to gas and bloating.

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