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Period Tips, Help & Advice / Jayne Cherrington-Cook

6 Things That Happen To Your Mind And Body During Ovulation

Ovulation normally takes place about 12-14 days before your period starts. During this time, you body releases an egg so it’s a super-important time if you’re trying to get pregnant, however, this monthly event impacts your mind and body in other ways, too…

Ovulating can cause you pain

Jeez, if it’s not enough that we have to experience period pain, some lucky ladies also get pain when ovulating! It can range from a mild twinge to something more severe and is generally felt on one of side of the abdomen, although this switches depending on what ovary is releasing the egg that month! It’s so special it even has it’s very own name – mittelschmerz. It doesn’t need special drugs though, regular painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen should kick it into touch.

You’ll be in the mood for lurve…

It’s probably not a big surprise that your hormones will make you feel pretty darn frisky around ovulation. Your body is after all ready to get pregnant so it makes sense that it needs you to find some sperm to do that! Some research has also shown that women are more likely to buy sexier clothes while ovulating, which might explain those sexy, but painful, bras you bought last month…

… but you could also be as mean as hell!

A study by The University of Texas shows that ovulating women are more inclined to be meaner to other women and become more competitive. At the same time, they are also nicer to men.

You’ll want to go on a mad shopping spree

As you move towards ovulation, your body releases the desire hormone – testosterone. This obviously increases your libido, and combined with oestrogen it improves assertiveness and confidence. While this can be great if you’re tackling something huge like a new job, it can also make you more impulsive, especially when it comes to men, food and shopping! Our advice, if you don’t want to spend, avoid the shops while you’re ovulating.

You’ll have bad dreams

Studies have linked changes in body temperature with a change in how vivid or scary our dreams become. A woman’s temperature generally rises half-way through the monthly cycle, around the time of ovulation, which could cause the dream weirdness.

You might get a cold

Ovulation could be the culprit when it comes to getting the sniffles! Studies have shown that during ovulation, when an egg is a released and oestrogen peaks, women’s immune systems are actually weaker, meaning they are more susceptible to infection. This happens to allow you to get pregnant more easily – too strong an immune system might kill of sperm. For those not trying to get pregnant, it can mean that your body then becomes more susceptible to any lurking germs.

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