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Ovulatory Phase

The Ovulatory Phase of the Menstrual Cycle

May 31, 2023

As we approach the ovulatory phase, estrogen rises, continuing to grow the lining of the uterus at the same time the dominant follicle containing the egg matures. Estrogen then slows down, and we have a surge of LH (luteinizing hormone), which causes the egg to be released from the follicle. Progesterone is now being produced, stimulating the endometrial lining in preparation for implantation. 

If there is fertilization with sperm, the egg will move down the fallopian tube and then into the uterus. 

Without fertilization, estrogen and progesterone will continue to decline, and your uterine lining will shed at your next menstrual cycle. This is the most important part of the menstrual cycle!

Ovulatory Phase (Days 14-16)

Cycle Powers: Collaboration and communication

During the ovulatory phase, estrogen is at its PEAK!

What to Focus On At Work 

Have Important Conversations 

Your communication skills are at their best during the ovulatory phase of your cycle. For example, ask for a raise!

Plan Your Content

Record videos, create social media posts and write blog posts during this phase because your energy is at its PEAK (hello testosterone and estrogen! 👋).

Put Yourself Out There

There are lots of things you can do to take advantage of this phase! You can attend a networking event or even host a webinar. Looking for a new job? Go on job interviews!

What Exercises Your Hormones Will Love

  • Bootcamps
  • Boxing
  • High-intensity interval training (HIIT)

What Foods Your Hormones Crave

  • Cold/raw foods (the heat is up during this phase!)
  • Fiber to flush out estrogen
  • Lighter foods: Whole grains like quinoa, fish, nuts, and seeds, along with essential fatty acids like avocados and salmon


All posts and information provided within this blog are for informational and educational purposes only and are not to be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action should be taken solely on the contents of this blog. Please consult your doctor or qualified health professional on any matters regarding your health and well-being or on any opinions expressed within this blog.

  • Dr. Erin Ellis

    Dr. Ellis is a Naturopathic doctor who helps women balance hormones, fix crappy periods and regain energy they once had to be their happiest, healthiest selves.

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