What’s Cramping After Ovulation? Ways To Deal With Cramps?

Cramps are a common complaint about women of reproductive age and can be a signal of pregnancy. However, how do you know if the cramps after ovulation are pregnancy signal? I'll tell you in this article about cramps and a few other tips


What Is Ovulation?

Ovulation is an important event in the reproductive cycle. The female body released an egg, also called an ovum, from the ovarian follicle during ovulation. The egg then moves into the Fallopian tube where is awaits fertilization. Ovulation occurs halfway during your menstrual cycle and can last for a one to a few days. Many women may report cramping during this time. This is normal and expected. Cramps refer to the discomfort in the lower part or side of the abdomen.

The egg’s release and journey to the Fallopian tubes can take a while, though the eggs usually only last 24 hours. During ovulation, the chance of getting pregnant can stretch to your fifth day of ovulation as the sperm has a much longer lifespan than the ovum.

During ovulation at least one in five women will report feeling discomfort and cramping after ovulation. The sensation can range in severity from mild to an acute and needle-like pain in the abdominal region. It can also be reported on a single side. Cramps usually happen halfway through the menstrual cycle can be very short in duration or persist for a longer period of time.

Cramping is individualized and the experience can vary from person to person. Cramping occurring after ovulation can be more pronounced and can result in nausea in some individuals.


Ways To Deal With Cramping After Ovulation

Many women find they can deal with minor cramps without much complaint. However, if you find yourself it too much discomfort, there are a few steps you can take to make yourself feel a bit better. Here are a few actions you can take:

Step 1. Anti-Inflammatory Medication

Anti-inflammatory medications are also referred to as NSAIDS or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. This class of medication is taken to relieve pain, reduce fever and alleviate swelling and inflammation. Consult with your physician before consuming any anti-inflammatory drugs to see if it’s appropriate for you to take this type of medicine.

Step 2. Consume More Fiber Rich Foods

Fiber is a very important food group. It functions to bulk up the solid waste excreted from the body. It can also make it easier to expel from the body as added fiber makes the waste softer. Aim to eat 25-30 grams of fiber daily. Obtain your fiber from food and not from dietary supplements for the optimal results.Great sources of fiber include corn, avocado, beans, raspberries, popcorn, broccoli, peas, pears, oatmeal, brown rice, figs, and raisins. Also, try to lower your consumption of animal proteins as these can be higher in fat and cholesterol.


Step 3. Hydration, Hydration, Hydration

Increase your fluid intake. This can reduce the chances of constipation and reduce hard stools and makes them easier to pass. Water is a great thirst quencher. Have broth, clear soups, teas along with fruit and vegetable smoothies to up your fluid level.

Step 4. Dietary Supplements

Research supports the use of supplements to stave off cramps. Some vitamins and minerals can reduce the discomfort from cramps. These recommended supplements include calcium, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids. Adding these to your daily routine can help reduce your cramps. Be mindful of Tums use and always consult with your health care professional for best advice.

Cramping During Or After Ovulation - Why Mild or Severe?

There aren’t hard and fast rules when it comes to why cramping occurs in women after ovulation. However, researchers have a few reasons why the process occurs.

Ovarian Stretching

During ovulation, the surface of the ovary stretches and expands. Hormone production stimulates ovum production in the follicles of the reproductive system. Cramping can occur after ovulation as the follicle expands during the process.

Follicles Break as Ovary Wall Ruptures

In order to release a mature egg, it has to spring forth from the follicle. This can produce minor bleeding as the egg forces itself from the follicle and through the wall of the ovary. Many women experience cramping in the lower part of their abdomen when this happens.

Uterine/Fallopian Tube Spasms

Ovulation results in the Fallopian tubes expelling the mature ovum. Many women can feel cramps during this time. The resulting movements send the egg to the uterus where it awaits fertilization and implantation or if not fertilized, breakdown and shedding with the uterine wall during the resulting menstrual cycle.


Roughly 7-10 days after ovulation occurs, 2 out of every 100 women suffer from constipation or difficulty relieving having bowel movements. This can be attributed to the increase in the hormone progesterone. Constipation leads to post ovulation cramps and pain in the lower abdominal region. Many pregnant women report this symptom as well.

To head off constipation, consume more water and eat a fiber rich diet.


Ovulation Cramping Timeline 

1. Cramping 1 Day After Ovulation

It is normal to experience cramping after ovulation. The pain can persist for hours for the reasons previously discussed.

2. Cramping 2 Days After Ovulation

Healcure.org reports that 7% of women who suffer from cramps do so on the 2 days after ovulation.

3. Cramping 3 Days After Ovulation

Cramping 3 days after ovulation is common and not necessarily a symptom of pregnancy. Implantation of the egg can occur later. Of the 9% of women that have cramps on day three after ovulation, 6% of them are expecting. The severity of cramps often decreases in intensity as well on the third day after ovulation.

4. Cramping 4 Days After Ovulation

Women experiencing cramps in 4 days after ovulation that have bloody stools, nausea, dizzy spells, high-grade fever, breathing difficulty, a higher level of pain and a painful midsection should seek immediate medical intervention. Of the 10% of women suffering from cramping 4 days after ovulation, 6.5% of them are pregnant.

5. Cramping 5 Days After Ovulation

Cramps present 5 days after ovulation can be either a sign of early pregnancy and egg implantation or a symptom of another issue.

6. Cramping 6 Days After Ovulation

Cramps due to implantation can be experienced at day 6 after ovulation. Healcure.org reports that of the 15% of women feeling cramps at six days after ovulation, 10% of them are pregnant.

Cramping During or After Ovulation, Pregnancy Signal?

Many couples trying to conceive are often on the lookout for any sign that they were pregnant. Cramps can serve as a part of the premenstrual time and a symptom of pregnancy as well. This typically happens days after the egg has been fertilized. When experiencing these symptoms at that time, a woman is highly likely to be positively pregnant.

As cramps are not uncommon before menstruation, many women chalk them up to be PMS symptoms. However, they can also be early signs of a successful pregnancy. However, how can you be sure?


Likely, you will feel tenderness in your breasts, have light spotting due to the implantation bleeding. You may also feel tiredness, abdominal swelling, and pain in your back. You may even notice discharge that is whitish in color due to the walls of the vagina thickening.

It is important to know and recognize the cramping after ovulation. It can help mitigate the discomfort you feel once you know the reason why. The cramps can occur as a normal feature of your menstrual process, be a pregnancy symptom or even something else. Be aware of your body and take note of how you feel. This way you can discuss the symptoms with your health care provider if needed. Knowing what is normal for your body can help you know when you are experiencing something out of the ordinary, like the conception of a much-desired baby.


I’m Elizabeth J. Johnson, a 30-year-old from sunny California. I have married to a wonderful man & have 2 little girls. They are the cutest lover, the sweetest hugger & the best inspiration.

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