(Here are the links if you missed part 1 – menstruation and part 2 – the follicular phase)

Ovulation is the few days normally in the middle of your cycle where you literally feel like wonder woman.

In a “normal” 28 day cycle, ovulation is from roughly day 13 (the day before ovulation) to day 15 (the day after ovulation). It’s really helpful to track this yourself though as everyone’s cycle is different. (Grab your quick start guide to tracking your cycle here)

Whats going on with your hormones?

At this point in your cycle, your oestrogen, FSH and LH levels will peak and cause an egg to be released from a follicle in your ovaries. The egg will then slowly make its way down your fallopian tubes to your uterus.

The hormone progesterone then takes over to maintain the lining of your uterus whilst it waits to see if an embryo will implant.

If you are charting your basal body temperature, you should see a jump up in temperature after you’ve ovulated. This is due to the increase in progesterone which increases overall body temperature slightly.

How should it be?

All your hormones are shifting at this point in your cycle and if everything is working smoothly you will feel positive, energetic and full of life.

Positive changes

Although you will feel like you can do anything and everything, it doesn’t mean you should.

Get into the habit of tuning into what feels good for you. When people ask you to social events or for favours, check in with yourself to see if it’s something you have the time, energy and desire to it. If it’s not a hell yes, then it’s a hell no! I know there will be things that you can’t get out of, but really consider it before you say yes.

At this point in your cycle you may also be tempted to fill up your diary for the next couple of weeks. Resist the urge and try to only schedule the essentials. In the second half of your cycle, it’s helpful to start to slow down again.

It’s beneficial to do only light exercise around ovulation.

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