Been feeling sick all day? It may not be because of the bad sushi you had last night.
One rumor that a lot of women have heard is that ovulation can be the cause behind us wanting to stick particularly close to the toilet some days in case the desire to “yargh” strikes us.
But can ovulation cause nausea?
Can the all mighty ovulation even cause our body and/or our minds to go a bit out of whack?
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Does Nausea Mean I Can Become Pregnant?
Mild nausea is a common symptom for women to experience before Aunt Flo comes a-knockin’ at the door. (gotta love our menstrual cycle)
Often mistaken as morning sickness, this nausea is often caused by the same hormones which cause morning sickness during pregnancy – only you aren’t pregnant (our bodies are such a tease).
If you feel nauseous all the time, chances are you are not ovulating.
Chances are that you:
a) Have eaten some bad sh*t and should contact the restaurant for credit or free meal (it works, trust us)
b) Have a virus or two bullying your immune system
c) Are pregnant
Constant plagues of nausea can also be the result of stress (who doesn’t have some of that in their lives) or it may be because of an unknown stomach disorder.
Nausea and vomiting are not typical ovulation symptoms and are more often an indication of pregnancy.
For two to eight weeks after you have already conceived, your hormones are performing insane acrobatic stunts which, well, can leave you with a serious case of the barfs.
Thanks, self. Thanks.
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So Now That THAT’S Ruled Out…
Okay, so nausea probably means you’re pregnant and should go see a doctor.
But since we’re on the topic of ovulation, what are the other signs which may accompany your food sickness or your flu which are telling you that you are in the baby-making’ way?
- Egg-White Cervical Mucus. We’ve all seen it, we just hardly talk about it (there’s a reason why so many people hate the word “moist panties”). If your cervical mucus is egg white and stretchy, chances are you are highly fertile and ready to reproduce.
- You’re Hot. Been charting your basal body temperature? Those determined to get preggo are. If you notice that you have a slight decline followed by a sharp increase in your basal temperature, that is a clear indication that ovulation has occurred. Don’t just rely on a standard thermometer, though. Purchase one that is designed for measuring your basal temperature.
- The Cervix Has Changed. A cervix primed for baby making is open, soft and tender. One which hates sperm is ironclad and hard. Don’t want to put your fingers in there? No one’s judging. Just rely on the two other signs above.
The Other Symptoms You May Feel
Ovulation is not without secondary symptoms, though they largely go unnoticed.
Some common symptoms include:
- Light spotting (though this can be an indication of pregnancy)
- Slight cramping on one side of the pelvis
- A bit of breast tenderness
- Some bloating (it may not have been the beans)
- An increase in desire for sex (tell your lover to thank you) and increased lubrication (your lover owes you even more thanks)
- A heightened sense of vision, taste and/or smell (this can be a blessing or a curse. Your call)
- Migraines/headaches. As if we need more to add to our list of woes, headaches are at an all-time high right before menstruation begins.
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Ovulation Should Never Be Painful
So obviously ovulation can cause discomfort or even pelvic pain but life-disrupting discomfort is out of the norm.
From there you and your physician will be able to work out a plan that will get your symptoms under control in a way which works with your lifestyle.
Not into the meds? Then let heat and relaxation be your friend.
Some natural ways to ease your discomfort include:
- Taking a warm or a hot bath
- Using a hot water bottle or heating pad
- Taking ibuprofen (if you are desperate)
- Consider birth control pills (if you are really desperate and not already on it)
Nausea May Not Mean Ovulation But… It Can.
So nausea may indicate ovulation.
But there are many other more reliable indicators such as thick and stretchy cervical fluid and a soft cervix.
- Nausea may indicate you are already pregnant
- Feeling sick may also be an indication of another underlying problem
- Take a pregnancy test to rule out pregnancy (though be aware that it may be another two weeks or more before you can receive true positives)
Did you feel sick while ovulating or have an interesting ovulation story? Post your experience below!