Peeing a Lot During Ovulation: Causes & When To Be Concerned

If you are having frequent urination while ovulating, the most likely causes may include:

  • The surge of luteinizing hormone can lead to increased bladder sensitivity.
  • Increased estrogen levels increase blood flow to the pelvic area, making the bladder muscles more sensitive.
  • Bloating or abdominal discomfort can put pressure on the bladder.
  • The swollen follicle holding the mature egg could possibly place pressure on the bladder. 
  • A small amount of fluid is released when the follicle bursts, contributing to increased urine output.
  • A urinary tract infection or other ailment could be the underlying cause.
  • You might be drinking more than usual without realizing it.

Healthline shares that normal ovulation symptoms “can include abdominal pain or cramps, bloating, slightly elevated body temperature, changes in cervical mucus and saliva, and breast tenderness.” 

If you are experiencing anything outside of your normal symptoms, contact your healthcare provider.

When I experienced increased urination during ovulation, it was accompanied by other symptoms, including abdominal pain. 

My doctor discovered that an infection was to blame.

So, do not hesitate to see your doctor. You never know what may be going on internally.

How Ovulation Affects Your Bladder and Urine

Hormones are what govern your menstrual cycle, and any woman can tell you that they impact just about everything in your body, including your urinary patterns. 

Why Ovulation Affects Your Bathroom Habits

During ovulation, which is the release of an egg from the ovary, a surge in the hormone luteinizing hormone (LH) triggers the release of the egg. 

This hormonal shift can lead to various physiological changes in a woman’s body, including changes in the urinary system.

  • One key factor is that the ovaries and the urinary system are located in close proximity within the lower abdomen. The surge in LH can stimulate nearby structures, potentially leading to increased sensitivity or irritation of the bladder.
  • Additionally, rising levels of estrogen during ovulation can affect the kidneys and bladder. 
  • Estrogen can lead to an increase in blood flow to the pelvic area, which may result in an increased production of urine. 
  • Estrogen can also affect the bladder muscles, potentially making them more sensitive.
  • Moreover, some women may experience bloating or abdominal discomfort during ovulation, which can put pressure on the bladder and give the sensation of needing to urinate more frequently.
  • For some women, another possibility is that the swollen follicle holding the mature egg puts enough pressure on the bladder to trigger the urge to go. 
  • A small amount of fluid is released when the follicle bursts, and this could also contribute to increased urine output.

When To Be Concerned

While some increase in frequency or urgency of urination can be normal during ovulation, there are situations where it might be a cause for concern. 

Here are some situations in which a woman should seek medical advice:

  • Severe Pain or Discomfort: If the increased urination is accompanied by severe pain or discomfort in the lower abdomen or pelvic region, it could be a sign of an underlying issue that requires medical attention.
  • Burning Sensation or Blood in Urine: If there is a burning sensation during urination, or if the urine appears bloody or cloudy, this could be indicative of a urinary tract infection (UTI) or another health problem.
  • Fever or Chills: If along with increased urination, a woman experiences fever, chills, or any signs of infection, it’s important to seek prompt medical care.
  • Sudden Onset or Significant Change: If the increase in urination is sudden and significantly different from a woman’s usual pattern, it could be a sign of an issue that needs attention.
  • Frequency Persists Beyond Ovulation: If the increased urination continues well beyond the expected ovulation window, it may be indicative of an unrelated issue and should be investigated.
  • Other Unusual Symptoms: If there are other symptoms that are concerning, such as nausea, vomiting, or changes in bowel habits, it’s important to consult a healthcare provider.
  • Previous History of Urinary Issues: If a woman has a history of urinary problems or conditions like interstitial cystitis, she should be particularly attentive to any changes in urination patterns.

Frequent Urination During Ovulation

While it has not been scientifically proven, many women experience frequent urination around the time of their period and ovulation.

The reason for this is not known, but it is likely due to hormones. 

Urine Color Change During Ovulation

There is no evidence to support the claim that ovulation affects the color of your urine.

Other factors such as hydration, diet, vitamins, and minerals have the most influence on how dark or bright your urine may be. 

Yellow Urine During Ovulation

The color of urine should always fall on the yellow spectrum.

Depending on how much water you have consumed, your urine will be a pale yellow or a darker yellow.

Certain vitamins and minerals consumed in your diet, such as beta carotene, vitamin C, and B vitamins, can cause pigmentation changes in urine that result in bright urine. 

Cloudy Urine During Ovulation

Oftentimes, the body will produce extra cervical mucus during ovulation that may appear as a white substance in urine or cause the urine to appear cloudy.

More commonly, cloudy urine is a sign of other medical conditions such as dehydration or infection.  

Cramping and Frequent Urination During Ovulation

Many women experience cramping when they ovulate, similar to when they are on their period.

Ovulation cramps often only occur on one side of the abdomen, depending on which ovary is releasing an egg. 

Bladder Pressure During Ovulation

You may feel increased bladder pressure during ovulation due to hormonal shifts. This symptom should not last very long.

If you continue to feel bladder pressure when you are not ovulating, it could be a sign of a more serious medical condition such as a UTI or Painful Bladder Syndrome

Urinary Incontinence During Ovulation

Estrogen is associated with pelvic floor strength and bladder control.

Estrogen levels change throughout your monthly cycle and are the highest during ovulation.

They are the lowest right before, during, and after your period. This is why some women experience leakage during that time of their cycle.

Depending on when you ovulate and your hormone levels, you may also experience leakage during ovulation. 

Frequent Urination After Ovulation

Increased urination after ovulation without drinking excessive fluids is often an indicator that a woman has conceived during that cycle.

Not long after conception, blood flow to the kidneys increases, which results in the kidneys producing more urine. 

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UTI Symptoms During Ovulation

The symptoms associated with a UTI can be similar to those you may feel during ovulation.

This can make it difficult to determine which one you are experiencing. 

Pelvic pain, lower abdominal pain, vaginal discharge, frequent urination, spotting or bleeding, and bloating are all signs that could be linked to ovulation or a UTI. 

Typically, however, there are more tell-tale signs of a UTI such as a burning sensation when urinating and strong-smelling, discolored urine

Because a UTI is an infection in the body, fever and chills often accompany a UTI as well. These are not symptoms usually associated with ovulation. 

Ovulation Side Effects

Ovulation usually occurs in the middle of your menstrual cycle, about two weeks before your period starts.

The timing can vary from person to person and may be different each month. While it is rare, ovulation can even happen twice a month.

The irregular timing can make it difficult to track, but paying attention to your physical symptoms can help you have an idea of when you might be ovulating. 

Pain and Discomfort

Some women experience slight pelvic discomfort or mild cramps before or during ovulation. 

Some women even feel a “twinge” or “pop” in their ovaries when the follicle ruptures and the egg is released.

 It is also common to feel pain in the ovaries (either side of the lower abdomen) during ovulation. 

Changes in Body Temperature

Your basal body temperature, your temperature when you first wake up in the morning, rises about one degree during the 24 hours after ovulation. 

Changes in Cervical Mucus

Vaginal discharge can tell you a lot about where you are in your menstrual cycle.

Changes in the levels of estrogen and progesterone change the consistency of cervical mucus, making it more permeable for traveling sperm. 

During ovulation, you may notice that you have more cervical mucus on your underwear liner, and its consistency will be like that of a raw egg white. 

Appetite and Mood Changes

Typical PMS symptoms such as appetite and mood changes are also common during ovulation. 

Tender Breasts

Similar to early pregnancy, breasts may feel tender during ovulation. They may also feel a bit fuller than usual. 

Bloating

Some women feel bloated before and during ovulation. Gassiness may or may not accompany the bloated feeling.

Because bloating happens during menstruation and other times in a woman’s cycle, it is not the most reliable indicator of ovulation. 

Abnormal Symptoms During Ovulation

Ovulation symptoms vary from woman to woman, but the following symptoms are not considered normal and should be evaluated by a professional.

Irregular Cycles or Missed Periods 

Unpredictable periods that are very short or long could be an indicator of an ovulation problem.

Missed periods over an extended period of time, known as amenorrhea, is also an indicator of an issue with ovulation. 

Extreme Pain or Discomfort

While mild pain or discomfort in the lower abdomen near the ovaries is common during ovulation, extreme pain is not.

Your pain should not exceed that of slight menstrual cramps. 

How Many Times Should a Woman Pee a Day?

Every woman is on her own schedule, but typically, peeing 6-8 times in 24 hours is considered normal for a woman who is healthy and not pregnant.

Depending on how much water you consume daily, you may pee more or less than this daily average. 

Why Do I Pee More on My Period?

Prior to your period, your progesterone levels are elevated. Once your period begins, these levels drop which causes a fluid shift in the body.

This releases a lot of fluid in the body and may cause you to pee more.

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