What is Ovulation Pain
Ovulation pain also termed Mittelschmerz is the pelvic and lower abdominal pain that some women experience during ovulation. It generally occurs about midway between menstrual cycles; hence mittelschmerz, German term for “middle pain” or “pain in the middle of the month”
It is believed that the pain occurs when the fluid or blood irritates the lining of the abdominal cavity. The pain goes away soon after the egg is released or once the body absorbs the fluid or blood.
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Ovulation pain is often normal. For some, it’s not painful, but just uncomfortable. Some have described it as a sense of fullness or tension. Some women described it as cramp-like, sharp, dull, and intermittent pain. It usually lasts for few minutes or continue for a day.
Where ovulation pain is felt
It is generally felt on one side of the abdomen or pelvis and may vary each month, depending on which ovary is releasing the egg during that cycle. Most people feel the pain on one side or the other, but others have reported feeling it on both sides at the same time, but with more pain on one side than the other. possibly indicating cycles in which each ovary releases its own egg.
Painful ovulation is fairly common and usually harmless. However, if it interferes with your daily life or causes pain during sexual intercourse, you should see your doctor.