Heavy Feeling in Uterus after Ovulation: Do You Feel the Same?
Are you worried about this heavy feeling in the uterus after ovulation? The truth is you, and I is not alone in this condition. I have often wondered every time whether the uncomfortable condition is just one of that terrible premenstrual syndrome (PMS) that I dread every month or it may be a sign that I am pregnant. Honestly, it was confusing at first, but eventually, you will know which of the two causes is true.
To keep you from wondering on what you have missed, let us find out why this heavy feeling in uterus occurs after ovulation.
What is Ovulation?
To be clear, ovulation occurs when you release eggs from your ovary. This monthly cycle happens to all women in reproductive age. In this process, the ovarian follicles rupture and discharges the secondary oocyte ovarian cells. Ovulation prepares the egg for probable fertilization.
In a 28-day menstrual cycle, ovulation usually occurs on day 14. However, with all the hormonal build-up” along the period, it may vary from time to time. With the monthly process, you will soon find out what is normal for you.
What to expect after ovulation?
I am sure you know that after ovulation, you are fertile, and in perfect timing could get pregnant. However, can you tell several signs that will tell you that it just happened? How long will these symptoms last? Mine may be different from yours so you might be surprised.
After ovulation, it may just be another menstrual cycle coming up or, on the other hand, you could be pregnant. What is the difference then? For sure, whether you are conceiving or not, the follicle that releases the egg grows bigger and becomes a gland-like structure that is termed “corpus luteum” which triggers the production of the hormone progesterone.
This hormone progesterone is the cause of the lining of the uterus becomes thicker thus preparing it to sustain holding the fertilized egg. The common complain of heavy feeling in the uterus after ovulation may have started within this process.
If you are not pregnant:
You cannot get pregnant when there is no fertilization of the egg. If this is the case, after 2 days, the egg passes through the fallopian tube, crumbles, and gets absorbed back into your system. Nevertheless, you continue to produce progesterone for up to two weeks. Unless you are pregnant, the production of the hormone naturally dies.
Once the production of progesterone slows down, the endometrium shuts off its arteries, stopping blood from flowing at the surface of the uterine lining. Then the blood trapped in the uterine lining flows down to the uterus, and because of lack of oxygen, the mucous-covered lining dies. It is then that the blood and dead lining seep into canal finding its way out through the process of menstruation.
Take note that your basal body temperature from ovulation until your monthly period could be .5 Celsius or even higher. Expect also that the cervical mucus is starting to be sticky and creamy in consistency.
If you are pregnant:
When one lucky sperm manages to enter the outer layer of the egg, fertilization immediately occurs. The coating of the egg suddenly transforms to prevent other sperms from penetrating inside and protects the zygote (sperm and egg combination) in doing so. The zygote then travels through the fallopian tube while it continues cell division and ultimately becoming a blastocyst. In ten days, the blastocyst reaches the uterus and starts to implant itself into the wall.
You would expect that this span of time (after ovulation to implantation) a lot is going on in your body. I had slight bleeding then and minor abdominal cramps. The experience made me think that I am about to start my menstrual period.
However, when the blastocyst is successful in attaching itself to the uterine and becomes an embryo, hormones make the endometrium denser and closes the cervix with a lump of mucus. This is vital in protecting the pregnancy from the danger of infection. After then, the placenta develops separately from the embryo and releases the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG).
Your complaint of an uncomfortable, heavy feeling in your uterus after the ovulation is prevalent in this stage. Detection of a certain level of hCG in your urine will determine the result of your pregnancy test.
My Final Thoughts
Not all women tend to experience a heavy feeling in the uterus after ovulation. Nonetheless, whether you are expecting a child or the same PMS that you are familiar with, the discomfort is just normal, at least for me. The fact that we could be having different signs is natural. Although when you notice that the heavy feeling does not disappear than the usual cycle, I encourage you to ask for help from your physician.
I hope I have cleared the apprehension you have in connection to this. If this usually happens to you, it is quite harmless. If this happens and you are pregnant, congratulations! It is about time to set an appointment with your OB.