Ovulation is the time in a woman’s monthly cycle when an egg is released from one of the ovaries. Some women experience increased fatigue and tiredness during ovulation. There are a few reasons why ovulation can lead to fatigue:
In the lead up to ovulation, the body produces more estrogen and luteinizing hormone. These hormones trigger the release of the egg. However, the fluctuating hormones can disrupt sleep and cause daytime sleepiness. Progesterone also rises after ovulation. This hormone can have a sedating effect.
Some women find it harder to get a good night’s sleep around ovulation. The hormonal changes may make it more difficult to fall and stay asleep. Tossing and turning all night leads to increased tiredness the next day.
Physical effects of ovulation
As the follicle containing the egg grows in the ovary, some women experience mittelschmerz. This is a German word meaning “middle pain”. There may be some abdominal cramping or discomfort that can be tiring. There can also be breast tenderness or bloating. Physical PMS-type symptoms may result in fatigue.
Expending energy to ovulate
It takes a huge amount of energy for the ovaries to mature and release an egg. This biological process requires an expenditure of calories and resources. Some women feel wiped out after ovulating because of the high metabolic demands.
After the egg has been released, progesterone levels rise. Progesterone is a hormone that helps maintain early pregnancy. However, progesterone can make people feel drowsy and lethargic. Higher nighttime progesterone may also inhibit restful sleep.
What can you do?
There are a few self-care tips that may help overcome ovulation fatigue:
– Get enough sleep – go to bed earlier before ovulation
– Reduce exercise intensity
– Eat a healthy diet and stay hydrated
– Try relaxation techniques – meditation, yoga
– Avoid caffeine to promote sleep
– Be gentle with yourself and take naps
The good news is that ovulation tiredness is usually short-lived, lasting just a few days. Knowing your own monthly cycles and patterns can help you plan and manage activities. Avoid over-scheduling and take time to rest during ovulation. If fatigue persists or worsens, consult your healthcare provider.