What you should do if you have bloating, spotting, or pain during ovulation
Last updated on March 1, 2016 by Alisa 59 Comments [addtoany]
Ovulation can come with a lot of fabulous side effects like a boosted sex drive, abundant energy, heightened senses, and an overall feeling of optimism and well-being. However, for some women, the ovulatory phase can also bring unwanted and uncomfortable symptoms like bloating, cramping or pain in one side, spotting, breast tenderness and uneven moods. The good news is you can treat the symptoms of ovulation naturally!
And, if you have symptoms during ovulation, then chances are excellent that you also experience symptoms during your premenstrual week as well as difficulty with menstruation. This has to do with the fact that the root causes that cause symptomatic Ovulation will also cause problems throughout your cycle. If you get these symptoms around ovulation or if they start then, only to stay with you until your period arrives, then you are experiencing a hormonal imbalance. And, just as I believe all women deserve the perfect period , I believe all women should feel wonderful when they’re ovulating and get to bask in all of the benefits this time of your cycle can and wants to give.
In my years of experience, I have found that it is very rare for a woman to experience unwanted ovulation symptoms without also experiencing problematic PMS and a crampy period. So, looking at your cycle as a whole and shifting your eating patterns and lifestyle choices to live more in harmony with your hormonal Flo during every cycle stage is vitally important. Each phase is connected to the others and there’s really no such thing as spot-treating an individual phase, however, there are effective natural treatments that specifically target the sorts of issues that can arise in the ovulatory phase.
If you feel bad during ovulation, something is wrong – this is when you should be at your shiny, bright, happy and optimal best. Listen to your body and give her what she needs.
(If you are worried that you might not be ovulating or you’re having trouble tracking your cycle, go straight to my simple guide for knowing where you’re at )
How to treat your ovulation symptoms naturally
The source of your symptoms can be found in estrogen dominance – your body has too much estrogen swimming around your blood stream and you are not processing the excess efficiently. This leaves you with too high levels of this one hormone, which causes an imbalance in your progesterone production, leaving you with low progesterone levels. Solving your ovulation symptoms, therefore, is all about supporting your body in generating, processing, and eliminating estrogen.
The Flo-facts – Magnesium deficiency causes your body to retain water and salt, leading to that bloated feeling . Another culprit might be stress, as heightened cortisol has the same impact .
The Flo-fix – I recommend you dose yourself with a daily supply of good dark chocolate (you’ll want 70% dark and organic). A 100 gram serving has half of your day’s need of magnesium. Drink coconut water to help with the water retention. Then, whizz up my “Anti-Bloat-ini” juice of 1 beet, 4 celery stalks, ½ a cucumber, 2 stalks of kale, ½ bunch cilantro, and 1 lemon. It’s full of natural diuretics, tissue salts, and liver detoxifiers.
The Flo-facts – Spotting is always something you should pay serious attention to.
A little blood in your cervical fluid around the day of ovulation is not anything to be too concerned about (it’s actually the result of the egg breaking free), however if the spotting continues it could indicate a cervical polyp. You want to have any non menstrual week bleeding assessed by your gynecologist immediately.
The Flo-fix – Roll back your exposure to synthetic estrogens in cosmetics and beauty products which can lead to excess estrogen levels in your body. Supporting your liver will redress the balance between your estrogen and progesterone levels – you can do this with a weekly “Liver Lover” smoothie of ½ cup mango, ½ a green apple, 1/2 cup frozen pineapple, 1/2 cup coconut water and 1 cup of cilantro.
The FLO – facts: Pain during ovulation has an actual name – it’s called Mittelschmerz – german for ‘pain in the middle’.
Cramps are caused by improper balance of prostaglandins and excess estrogen.
Often times, it can be indicative of other conditions. For example, if the pain is severe you may be dealing with endometriosis or ovarian cysts either on their own or due to PCOS .
The FLO- fix As with period cramps, reducing the amount of caffeine , alcohol , and dairy you take in throughout your cycle is going to make a significant and positive difference to ovulation pain. But getting more omega 3 fatty acids in your diet is key to ridding yourself of the midcycle pain.
Always remember, that once you have the right information about how your body really works, you can start making health choices that finally start to work for you! You can do this – the science of your body is on your side!
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Why am i always bloated all the time
Why Do I Get So Hungry Before and During My Period?
Cravings, bloating and then the hunger – the best diets are often laid asunder by your period. For many women, the symptoms leading up to and during the week of your period are outrageous, and one of these is the hunger that seems to ratchet up from nowhere.
The reason for this increase in hunger is simple. Your body uses more calories during the time right before and in some cases during your period. This increase in calories makes your body burn more calories during this time, and as the calories as burning you’re going to feel hungry more often.
To compound this, the hormones at work in your body during this time are also likely making you crave particular food items. So suddenly, you’re starving, you already feel bloated from water weight and now you want to eat chocolate or chips. No wonder we all feel so miserable during this week!
Calories are units of energy. You can think of them like tiny gallons or liters of gas. Just like a car burns through gas, your body burns through calories. Every day, if you were to lie in bed and do nothing at all, you would burn a certain number of calories just being alive. This number is your Basal Metabolic Rate, or BMR.
As you lay in your bed doing nothing at all, your body is burning up fuel, or calories, keeping your digestive system working, helping your heart beat and all of the other wonderful things that happen inside us that we don’t have to think about on a daily basis. Every thirty days or so, the systems in your body pick up another task.
With the menstrual cycle, the week of your period makes your body do some extra work. This extra work burns more calories and your BMR actually goes up. In some women, the week of your period can make you burn up to fifteen percent more calories, and you haven’t changed a single thing about your lifestyle! To get the calories it needs, your body sends a message to your brain telling you you’re hungry more often. Since you’re feeling hungry, you eat.
This is a tricky week for women who are paying close attention to their figures, however. Being extra hungry often means you are compelled to eat. The additional symptoms of this week make eating even more enjoyable. I mean, really – if you’re sitting in sweat pants already watching weepy movies, wouldn’t it taste better with a pint of ice cream?
The trouble is, you may feel hungrier, but the extra calorie burning can be a bit deceptive. Your body is burning some extra calories, but only about 100 to 300 per day, and only for a few days at a time. Sadly, 100 calories is the same as one of those tiny snack packs you can put in your lunch while you’re dieting. At most, you can enjoy a candy bar for close to 300. A pint of ice cream is easily 500 to almost 1,000 calories at a time – it’s not justified by period calorie burn.
Controlling Hunger and Your Period
The best way to stay healthy and watch your figure is to listen to your body more than your appetite. You may feel a strong craving for ice cream, but that probably has more to do with comfort then nutrition. If you’re feeling like shoveling through a bag of chips, don’t give in to the craving. If you really can’t stand it, count out enough chips to be about one serving and then stop. Savor the chips you’re eating, but leave the rest put away.
If you can prevent your appetite from getting the best of you by eating filling foods without many extra calories such as lean protein and vegetables, you will benefit in another way from feeling so hungry this week. When your BMR goes up, as it does the days before your period, you’re burning some extra calories. If you fend off the desire to shove junk in your face this week, you can actually burn off more calories instead of consuming them.
If you are one of the lucky ones burning an extra 300 calories per day for about five days, you’ll lose half a pound by not doing anything except waking up in the morning. After gaining up to five pounds in retained water, losing that water plus a bit more feels outstanding the week after your cycle – it just takes a bit of willpower to reach that point.
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stomach bloated all the time. very uncomfortable.
Over the past two years I’ve been having gastrointestinal complications. I have posted information on that on here before, but two years ago I started experiencing bad stomach cramps that lead to blood in my stool. I was taking medication for that for about a year and the cramps subsided but the bleeding was still there, not so much though. My GI doctor was hoping it was a temporary thing and with meds it will all go away but I’ll see what other things she suggests. Right now I haven’t experienced a lot of bleeding but I am always bloated and feel extended. I usually gets very bloated at my upper belly righ after I eat. My stomach sticks out and it gets really hard right below my sternum where my ribs end. It not only looks weird but it’s very uncomfortable. Sometimes I become so bloated that I feel like it pushes on my lungs and it becomes difficult to breathe. My bowels also havent been that great, its been a LONG time since I had a good bowel movement. I have changed my diet a little bit but no matter what I eat I still feel like my stomach is going to pop. Sometimes I wonder if spasms are triggered in that area duing digestion and is what makes my stomach feel hard and extended.
People have suggested to take Gas-X because I also have problems burping, others have suggested Beano, and others say to take Metamucil because I could have distention. I really don’t know what to do anymore.
If I were to drink Metamucil, wouldn’t that constipate me even more?
And has anyone tried Beano?
Resting my head on a table while seated helps me burp, it seems weird but it does help. I came to this discovery when I was at the library and became sleepy and decided to put my head down on the desk. While in this position, I burped and relaxed my stomach and OH MY GOSH!! It was the longest burp I have ever had. All this gas was released, I felt such a relief, I was in heaven! It doesn’t happen all the time but when it does, I feel so good after.
What do you guys think this means?