All About Ovulation
This week I have been talking about consuming your Moon Tea when you ovulate.
It wasn’t until I started tracking my periods that I began to notice the pattern of having similar PMS symptoms at the time of ovulation as I do in the run up to my period. Where I once thought I was a rollercoaster of emotions, having uncontrollable ups and downs from week to week, I now know (from tracking my symptoms) I experience mental, emotional and physical changes as my hormones change during the follicular phase or in other words, in the run up to ovulation.
Read on to find out a little more about ovulation and how you can take care of yourself during this time...
KNOW WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR BODY WHEN YOU OVULATE
What is Ovulation?
Ovulation is when an egg is released from your ovary and moves down into the fallopian tube where it can be fertilised. If sperm is in the fallopian tube when the egg is released, there is a chance it will be fertilised and created into an embryo which can grow into a baby. Ovulation typically happens about 13–15 days before the start of your period, however the timing of ovulation can vary from month to month and you may have the odd cycle where you don’t ovulate at all.
What Are The Symptoms of Ovulation?
Here are the seven main signs of ovulation:
- Your basal body temperature (taken with a special, basal body thermometer) falls slightly, then rises again.
- Your cervical mucus becomes clearer and thinner with a more slippery consistency similar to that of egg whites.
- Your cervix softens and opens up.
- You may feel a slight twinge of pain or mild cramps in your lower abdomen.
- Your sex drive may increase.
- You may notice some light spotting.
- Your vulva or vagina may appear swollen.
What About Experiencing PMS Symptoms At This Time Too?
During the follicular phase, which runs from day 1 of your cycle (the first day of your period) to when you ovulate, your body is getting ready to release an egg from the follicle. To do this there are a number of hormones at play, particularly oestrogen and some of us may be sensitive to it's dominance or it's lack of.
Symptoms here can mimic those you experience with PMS including but not exhaustive of:
- Headaches/ migraines
- Asthma, arthritis and other common disorders
- You may be prone to dental issues
- Acne, skin problems
- Sleepiness/ sluggishness
- Mood swings
How To Take Care of Yourself During Ovulation
If you experience any of the issues outlined above and/ or more around the time of ovulation, know that there are a few things you can do to help reduce the impact.
1. Track your symptoms. Keep a journal and note down day to day what physical, mental and emotional symptoms you may be experiencing. You may not think these things are linked but after a few months of tracking, you may start to get a clear picture and see a pattern forming.
2. Increase your intake of healthy fats. Include foods such as wild salmon, olive oil, grass fed butter, coconut milk, nuts, seeds, avocado etc. You can even try seed cycling which is a way of consuming different seeds during each half of your cycle to help boost oestrogen levels in the first half and progesterone in the second.
3. Avoid caffeine and other stimulants such as alcohol and lower your intake of refined sugar. Try to keep to a few units or zero alcohol for the week. Replace with gentle herbal teas and supplements such as, Shatvari, Maca, Collagen or try our Moon Tea.
4. Try to increase your daily intake of exercise, get outside and keep to a regular bedtime routine. There's no need to enter into vigorous exercise if you don't feel up to it but a gentle walk and some fresh air can really work wonders.
And lastly, take it easy during this time. They don't call this 'the other time of the month' for no good reason. Our bodies are working hard to produce the egg and during this phase, we are technically preparing our body to make new life - wether we want it to or not. This is the time of the month to nurture yourself, to dream big and to make space for new ideas.
Did you know that our Moon Tea blend has been made with your cycle awareness in mind? It contains 7 x 100% natural herbal ingredients to help ease symptoms of PMS and induce calm throughout your period. You can read more about our tea here.
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Author: Charmaine Beneyto
About: Charmaine is the founder of biddie. Originally trained as a performance artist and director she became inquisitive about mind-spirit-body health through her preparation and training for the stage. She created biddie to assist womxn on their journey to improved health and internal wellbeing. You can find Charmaine @charmainebeneyto