The Secret Link Between Your Sex Drive and Ovulation
You know those days when you can’t get home from work soon enough so you can tear off your love’s clothes and let the playtime begin?
And then, just a week or so later, the only thing on your mind after a long day at work is wine, netflix, and doing the 8 million chores that await at home.
It feels like something’s wrong with you. How could you want it so bad just a few days ago and now sex is the last thing on your mind?!
It’s simple - ovulation.
Ovulation is the peak of your fertile window, or the 7-10 day window each month that you are capable of becoming pregnant. The fertile window is determined by the 5 day lifespan of sperm and the 24 hour lifespan of an egg once released. It also allows for the occasional release of 2 eggs in one month, which happens within a day or two of the first egg release. Ovulation itself is when the egg burst free from the ovary and makes its journey through the fallopian tube and into the uterus.
Women who ovulate experience the luxury of cyclical hormones that give their sex drive a juicy boost every month as they’re nearing ovulation.
This is one of the many reasons why women on birth control hormones report decreased sex drives - because while on most hormonal birth control you do not ovulate. This means that your hormones are essentially chemically flat-lined to prevent ovulation, and therefore don’t experience the libido-boosting surge in hormones, energy, and wetness (yes, that’s right) that make you want to get frisky with your lover.
As a woman who had a near non-existent sex drive while on birth control hormones, this fact alone would’ve been enough to convince me that ovulation was something I definitely wanted to do.
So what exactly is the secret link between your sex drive and ovulation? How does ovulation get you feeling all fired up? Here’s how…
1. Your body wants you to have sex. Seriously.
The biological reason for ovulation is to release an egg so that it can meet a sexy little sperm and create a baby together. So biologically at this time of the month, your body quite literally wants you to have sex. It’s like mating season for humans. You’re frisky. You’re giving off alluring vibes. You suddenly have your own internal Marvin Gaye constantly singing Let’s Get It On on repeat for about a week.
2. Your hormones are buzzing.
In the days leading up to ovulation your estrogen levels are on a steady, delicious rise that leaves you feeling energized, fired up, and frisky. It’s also the time each month when your skin is most likely to be glowing, your energy at a monthly high, and those pesky symptoms like moodiness, breast tenderness, and bloating are nowhere to be seen.
3. It’s wetter - and I’m not talking about rainfall.
The increasing levels of estrogen that lead up to ovulation trigger the production of cervical fluid which leads to an increase in vaginal moisture which can make sex feel soooo good. Ever walk around and notice that your undies are wetter than usual? Or maybe you find some stretchy egg-white like discharge when you go to the bathroom? That’s your cervical fluid telling you that you’re in your fertile window and about to ovulate.
4. You are your most social, energetic self.
You know that energy boost we talked about earlier that accompanies ovulation? Well, for many women it powers them up to be their most social, out-going selves. This means we’re more likely to want to set up dates during this time AND actually have a great time on them.
You’re vibing high. You’re buzzing. You’re wet and ready. You’re biologically and energetically the most interested in having fun and getting frisky. You can thank ovulation for that.
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