When You Have Ovulation Pain

While most women do not experience any sort of painful reaction during ovulation, it is not at all uncommon either.  In fact, there is even a special term that refers to pain during ovulation that occurs in the lower abdomen and pelvis.  This is referred to as Mittelschmerz.  Pain during ovulation may appear almost without warning, and will generally pass within a few hours.  For some women, the pain is intense, and may last for only a few minutes.  For other women, the pain may be less but last for as many or as two or three days.  For some women, the pain they experience during ovulation can even indicate which ovary has released an egg, whether it is the right ovary or the left ovary.

The normal painful ovulation that some women experience is generally not thought to be harmful, and it generally doesn’t mean that there is something else that is wrong.  For the most part, over-the-counter pain relievers are enough to help the woman who is experiencing painful ovulation to cope.  For some women who take a hormonal contraceptive, they may find that the painful ovulation they used to have is gone.  This is, of course, not because the hormonal contraception has in any way actually affected the pain that the woman experienced, but rather it is that the hormonal contraception has stopped the woman from ovulating.  Generally speaking, there is no known cure or prevention for painful ovulation.

Having said all of that, if the pain that occurs during ovulation is especially severe or if it is prolonged, this is not considered normal ovulation pain.  If you are experiencing painful ovulation that is especially severe or prolonged, you should speak with your health care provider.  Your health care provider may wish to perform a variety of tests in order to determine if there is another cause for your pain apart from ovulation.  In fact, painful ovulation is sometimes mistaken for being other conditions, such as appendicitis.

Last modified: February 10, 2013