Have you Experienced Mittelschmerz During your Ovulation Cycle?

November 12, 2012

Have you Experienced Mittelschmerz During your Ovulation Cycle?

Do you have pain and possible cramping midway through your ovulation cycle? Could it be Mittelschmerz? Read further and find out.

Many women experience abdominal pain and/or cramping and there can be many reasons for this. Sometimes it can be life-threatening and other times it just part of being a woman. Some pain is a normal part of the ovulation cycle. This may occur every 26-28 days when a developing egg is released from an ovarian follicle. For some women, this may cause slight discomfort in the lower abdomen either on the right or left side. Since there are many causes for females to have pain and/or cramping in the lower abdominal region, it is a good idea to keep a record of when this occurs. Timing is somewhat crucial in terms of the ovulation cycle. This can help diagnose the problem.

If what your are experiencing comes around the time you are ovulating this is known as Mittelschmerz pain. This occurs during the middle of your ovulation cycle. This pain may occur quickly and last for a few hours to a few days and then disappears. If this discomfort occurs in mid cycle and other examinations done by the doctor show no other complications then you have Mittelschmerz and nothing overly to worry about. Again, this is not unusual for most women from time to time during their ovulation cycle. However, if you experience prolonged severe pain, your doctor may choose to run other tests such as ultrasound to see if there are any tumors present or intestinal complications. As you might realize, Mittelschmerz might be mistaken for appendicitis or vice versa. Nevertheless, you can collect information at home to determine if you have Mittelschmerz simply by keeping track of your ovulation cycle and writing that information down. Then you can present this to your doctor.

Mittelschmerz Diagnosis

What you need to do is to keep track of your ovulation cycle/menstrual cycle for several months. Write down the first and last day of your ovulation cycle/menstruating cycle. Write down the exact day your pain begins and ends along with were it occurs and how severe. Once you have several months of information and its telling you that the pain is in the middle of your cycle, there’s a good chance you have Mittelschmerz especially if the pain goes away on its own.

Mittelschmerz Therapy

If you truly have Mittelschmerz, treatment is simple enough. Your discomfort is usually minor and of short duration that you can take a number of OTC pain relievers such as ibuprofen, Tylenol or aspirin. If you pain is more severe, your healthcare provider my prescribe some form of birth control that will prevent ovulation altogether. You might want to consider taking a nice warm bath or use a heating pad if you have one. This will also help to relieve pain and help to relax you.

If your pain, cramping and discomfort don’t go away in a short period of time, talk with your healthcare provider as your problem may not be Mittelschmerz. Your symptoms could be of a more serious nature such as an ectopic pregnancy or pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).


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