Ovulation is quite possibly one of the most magical things our bodies can do. Monthly, our ovaries release an egg. If fertilized, that egg can become a human being that grows in our own bodies! We are divine magical creatures- don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
While procreation is the evolutionary reason for ovulation, there are a ton of positive side effects that happen hormonally to our body when ovulation happens regularly.
According to Naturopathic doctor, Lara Briden,
"The benefits of ovarian hormones are both short-term by making women stronger, and long-term by building metabolic reserve and health."
According to Canadian endocrinology professor Jerilynn Prior, “women benefit from 35 to 40 years of ovulatory cycles, not just for fertility but also to prevent osteoporosis, stroke, dementia, heart disease, and breast cancer.” In that sense, each and every ovulation is like a monthly deposit into the bank account of long-term health.
For Professor Prior, ovulatory cycles are a “creator of good health.” They’re also an “indicator of good health” because when we’re healthy, ovulation arrives smoothly and regularly. When we’re unhealthy in some way, the lack of ovulation can tell the story."
If you are a regular ovulator, you will most likely know because it means you have a regular bleed.
If you're not a regular ovulator/menstruator, fear not- you can reclaim your cycle with some healthy lifestyle changes and (shameless plug) by taking Ova Moon's Hormone + Cycle Balancing Multivitamin that was created to help restore regular ovulation and regulate the cycle.
Below are some tips to ensure regular ovulation, along with a few indicators that might let you know it's that ovulation time of the month.
Note: Ovulation is the time you can get pregnant, so keep that in mind regarding sexual activity. It is also notoriously the time when your hormones, strength, and energy peek. Often people report feeling "horniest" during this time. Your co-writer (me) agrees 😉.
1. This is a great time to push yourself physically. Not only because your energy is peaking, but it also helps with circulation in your reproductive organs to encourage ovulation. What is most interesting, is that often during ovulation, pushing oneself physically does not feel like a chore. Your body is likely going to want to exert itself. This then also implies that there are other times of the month where exercise might not feel as easy or be as enjoyable. To ensure regular ovulation, it is critical to LISTEN to your body's messages. While taking a HIIT class would be a stellar idea during ovulation, you would likely be overtaxing your body to do something so arduous in the handful of days leading up to your period.
2. The "vibe" of ovulation is what is most often depicted as the ideal female experience- easy-going, fun-loving, flirtatious etc. But it is only one phase of our cycle. So while you've got it, celebrate it! But also notice that when your energy starts to wane, you are not any less brilliant and fantastic as you were when your estrogen was flying off the cliff.
3. In order to have a healthy ovulation, we must also know how to rest. In the week before your period, make sure to lower your expectations when it comes to your physical and social capacity. If you try to maintain your "ovulation" persona when it's not your true state, you risk taxing your body and actually throwing off your cycle.