Cramping and Ovulation



Cramping isn’t uncommon during a woman’s cycle, but it’s most likely to occur closer to menstruation rather than near ovulation. Cramping is common during your period and the week before, but it’s less common during ovulation. Still, some women do experience a connection between cramping and ovulation.

How ovulation works

To understand where this kind of cramping could come from, you need to think for a minute about how ovulation works. During ovulation, an egg is released into your fallopian tubes. If it’s not fertilized, it starts to disintegrate. It will eventually break down and pass from your body during your period.

Recognizing ovulation cramping

This process is painful for about one in five women. This pain resembles cramping, although it should normally feel different from menstrual cramps.

Most often, ovulation pain will occur in your lower abdomen. It will happen around two weeks prior to your period. It will usually be on one side or the other, because it’s only occurring on whichever side releses an egg. This cramping may last for a couple of hours or as long as a couple of days.

The causes of ovulation pain





There are a number of things that can cause ovulation cramping. It might be a ruptured or emerging follicle. It could be a symptom of another problem, including endometriosis, ovarian cysts, or even appendicitis.

If you have pain every month during ovulation, you should talk to your doctor. It may be indicative of another medical problem, which can often be treated. Your doctor can do an exam, use blood tests, ultrasounds and more to help diagnose what exactly is going on.

Ovulation pain isn’t always an indication that you have a fertility problem. Some of the causes of ovulation pain – such as endometriosis or PCOS – can contribute to fertility problems, of course.

Talking to your doctor and getting to the root cause of ovulation cramping will help increase the likelihood that, if there is a fertility concern going on, you will have the necessary tools to address it.

 

  • tracy

    I’m 43 I’m ovolated today but had sex with my partner who is 54 on Thursday could I be pregnant or not

  • Anonymous

    You can be pregnant.

  • tracy

    Thank you its hard to know az been trying for 6 months

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    It’s possible. How do you know you ovulated when you think you did ? The likelihood of pregnancy would also depend on your partner’s sperm health. Age and lifestyle play a part in that as well.

  • tracy

    I did the ovulating test and it had 2 lines and my partner is 54

  • tracy

    I did a test on the Saturday am

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    It’s possible based on timing as healthy sperm can survive up to 5 days after ejaculation. A positive test on the ovulation test means that you will ovulate within 24 to 36 hours.

  • tracy

    Thank uou but at my age it’s hard to remember what I should feel

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    It’s possible you are pregnant, but the timing could have been a little bit off. If you are pregnant, a pregnancy test should detect it at the end of this coming week.

  • tracy

    Thank you we did have sex all the week befor except Friday and Saturday and Sunday but did monday and Tuesday and Wednesday of this week my next period is due the 2 December here’s hoping as we been trying since January this year

  • tracy

    Was looking at my note book at my last period was not normal as full bleeding for 2 days then light bleeding in day time for 3 days but nothing at night only day time been using seven seas trying for a baby pill it has vitamins and minerals for pre conception and early pregnancy with folic acid with iron and vitamin d .first day of last perion was 31 October and off an on until the tuesday 4 November could i be pregnant or is it to early as did have sex on my light days and every day until last Thursday and Friday but ovolated on the Saturdaythe 8th test had 2 lines on it help

  • kisha

    I had sex last night and tested positive for ovulation today so could i be pregnant soon

  • kisha

    I had sex last night and tested positive for ovulation today so could i be pregnant soon

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    Sperm can survive up to 5 days after ejaculation so it sounds like you timed intercourse well if you are trying to get pregnant.

  • janet031

    Im a little scared the week of thanksgiving I was supposed to get my period but didn’t on the 1st of dec I spotted so I took a pregnancy test it showed positive but I’m still bleeding light on n off n when I use the bathroom is there something I should be worried about cuz in my past I had a couple of miscarriages n a etopic pregnancy me n my husband been trying to have a baby for the past 5 years I just pray that everything is OK if u know anything that might help I would appreciate cuz all I do is read n reqd n get stressed

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    Considering your history of miscarriages, you really need to be under a doctor’s care to make sure everything is progressing as it should.


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