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Painful Ovulation

Ovulation pain / mittelschmerz is the pelvic pain that some women experience during ovulation. Ovulation generally occurs about midway between menstrual cycles; hence the term mittelschmerz, which comes from the German words for “middle” and “pain.” Ovulation pain or mittelschmerz usually occurs in the lower abdomen and pelvis, either in the middle or to one side. Ovulation pain can range from a mild twinge to severe discomfort and usually lasts from minutes to hours. In some cases, a small amount of vaginal bleeding or discharge may occur. Some women also experience nausea during painful ovulation, especially if the pain is severe.

Prevention is better than cure, no doubt, but in the case of ovulation pain or mittelschmerz , unfortunately there is hardly any scope for prevention. Preventing ovulation, which can be done with birth control pills, is the only way to effectively prevent ovulation pain. You can however ease this pain to a large extent by taking care of yourself during ovulating days.

How can I relieve the ovulation pain?

The ovulation pain usually goes away within about 24 hours, so specific treatment is not required. First of all, rest until you feel better. You must also drink plenty of fluids and at least 8 glasses of water a day. If you have ovulation pain, you must also, check your temperature several times a day to be sure you are not developing an infection. Using a heating pad or taking warm baths can also help to relieve the pain to a certain extent.

For women with severe ovulation pain, over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or aspirin, and a heating pad will usually provide relief from the pain of mittelschmerz. If the pain is disabling and you do not wish to become pregnant, you may want to ask your gynecologist to prescribe oral contraceptives. They will inhibit ovulation, thereby solving the problem.

If however, the pain does not go away within two or three days, or if you have vaginal bleeding or discharge, consult your doctor immediately. This may indicate a medical crisis unrelated to your menstrual cycle. Here are some signals that hint you may be in need of emergency care:

* Vomiting blood.
* Blood in stool.
* Increased pain.
* Faintness or dizziness.
* High fever.
* Difficult or painful urination.
* Swollen abdomen.
* Difficulty breathing.


Last modified: February 10, 2013


The information provided here should not be considered medical advice. It is based on the average experience of women trying to conceive and may not be what you may be experiencing. It's not meant to be a replacement for any advice you may receive from your doctor. If you have any concerns about your cycle or our ability to get pregnant, we advise you to contact your doctor.