Mood Swings During Ovulation

Many women experience severe mood swings during ovulation, which is a passing phase. Read the following HerHaleness article to know about mood swings and ovulation.
HerHaleness Staff
Last Updated: Apr 9, 2018
Have you ever experienced increased moodiness, sudden laughter for no reasons, and an urge for crying for no obvious reasons? Have you ever found these changes in your mood really hard to control? These could well be signs of ovulation. Having an understanding about the basic female fertility and the signs of ovulation is an extremely useful skill. There are many women who can guess the accurate time of their ovulation simply by closely observing their own behavioral changes. In fact, one of the commonly experienced signs of ovulation is mood fluctuations.
In the following sections of this HerHaleness article, we will try to learn about some more facts related to ovulation and its effects on your mood. But before that, let's learn more about ovulation and its significance.
What is Ovulation: Symptoms of Ovulation
Ovulation is one of the most important phases of the menstrual cycle in which the ovum or egg cell is released through one of the ovaries. This egg is released through the fallopian tube into the uterus, where it stays for about 12 to 24 hours. If during this phase it doesn't get fertilized by a sperm, it starts to disintegrate in the form of menstruation. The duration of this cycle is different in women and therefore, the exact timing of ovulation varies from woman to woman. An average menstrual cycle lasts from 21 to 35 days, and depending on it, ovulation might take place on any day between the 8th to 20th day, counting from the first day of periods. For instance, if your menstrual cycle is of 21 days, then you are likely to ovulate on the 14th day, counting from the first day of your periods. Ovulation is preceded by premenstrual syndrome or PMS. Premenstrual syndrome is the phase when women experience one or various kinds of mental and physical symptoms before the start of actual periods. One of the most prominent symptoms which is experienced by women is severe ovulation mood swings. However, mood swings and irritability are not the only signs of ovulation. Some common signs of ovulation include, increased basal body temperature, changed cervical mucus, and abdominal pain, etc.
What Causes Mood Swings During Ovulation
Mood swings that are experienced during ovulation are defined as rapidly changing, unpredictable moods. During this period, women experience sudden flow of emotions like humor, anger, irritability, sadness, anxiety, nervousness, rage, or depression. These emotions do not last for a long period. It is important to understand that there is no scientifically proven reason for a direct connection between ovulation and mood swings. However, the biggest possible reason that may cause swing in mood during ovulation is hormonal imbalance. The female reproductive hormones play a vital role in regulating and controlling ovulation and the female menstrual cycle. Levels of female sex hormones like estrogen and progesterone keep on fluctuating throughout the duration of menstrual cycle, including the ovulation phase. The rise and fall in the levels of these hormones and especially in the levels of estrogen are mostly responsible for the sudden changes in women's mood during ovulation. Along with mood swings, women also experience several other signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance. These signs include hot flashes, sweating, heart palpitations, headache, sweating at night, fatigue, dizziness, backache, bloating, etc.
Since ovulation is a passing phase that lasts for only 24 to 48 hours, which means 1 to 2 days, specific and targeted treatment is not necessary. However, you may feel a little better by maintaining a few good habits like having a healthy diet, taking adequate rest and a good amount of sleep, drinking a lot of water, and engaging your mind in things that make you happy. These things will definitely help you to improve your mood naturally.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a medical expert.