Ovulation pain: what it is, causes, symptoms and treatment of painful ovulation

Many women suffer from painful ovulation, being something normal that can be intensified according to the months, years and for various reasons. It is a medical condition also known as ovulation pain. In fact, menstruation causes many changes and discomfort, among which we can highlight the pains of kidneys, headaches, constipation or diarrhea and ovarian pain.

This frequent discomfort occurs when hormonal changes are necessary for the woman to release the ovum. That is why it causes this pain, which not only takes place at this time but also continues throughout the menstrual period, that is, when the ovum is expelled to the outside through the vagina.

Causes of painful ovulation

As we have specified, the main cause is the release of the ovum that is expelled into the vagina. All this process offers a series of hormonal changes, among which are painful ovulation, which can be of variable intensity, according to the months and that does not present the same pain or the same changes to all women equally.

The pain is usually a discomfort in the lower abdomen and, on many occasions, located only on one side.

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Among the various causes of the appearance of ovarian pain, highlights the growth of the follicle and irritation in abdominal tissues, which is caused by erosion caused by the follicle to expel the ovum, which releases fluid or blood when broken.

There are women who have this pain in a very intense way. Then either they can not move, they have to be at rest or they take painkillers, always recommended by the doctor or the gynecologist, in order that the pain will diminish.

As a general rule, the pain goes away, as the days with menstruation go by. But it can become a great annoyance that can have immobilized certain women who suffer it continuously.

Although it may seem otherwise, suffering from painful ovulation is normal. It is not related to a pathology, but when it happens every month it is always better to ask and get a check up at the gynecologist.

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What symptoms does it produce?

The symptoms are varied and occur at certain times. Although, as a rule, they appear about two weeks before menstruation occurs, they can last throughout the period, and last about five more days.

  • Moderate to intense pain One of the main symptoms is the pain that occurs in the lower abdomen, very close to the hip bone, and can be from mild to moderate or intense. When it is mild, you can lead a normal life, but if it increases in intensity, it is necessary to take painkillers that reduce this great pain.
  • Cramps and punctures. Other common symptoms, apart from the pain, are usually cramps and punctures in the lower part of the abdomen. Medicine is required because the picture is somewhat annoying.

Main treatments and tips to relieve ovulation pains

When the pains are very strong and continue every month, it is best to go to our doctor for a review and exploration. But, to mitigate this pain, we give some advice and some treatments.

Exercise and stretching

Although it is not a proven science, many specialists recommend exercise and stretching on a continuous basis. This helps reduce pain and stress, one of the reasons why ovulation is more painful.

Apply warm compresses on the abdomen

Another remedy is to apply heat in the abdomen area. It can be done in various ways, such as with hot compresses. This relaxes muscles and increases circulation.

Take a hot shower

Again the heat can be good to reduce the pain produced by ovulation. Hot water not only relaxes but also releases endorphins, thereby reducing pain.

Take painkillers and painkillers

When the pain is very strong and none of the remedies serve us, analgesics, such as ibuprofen or paracetamol, considerably reduce painful ovulation and one feels better in a general way.

Contraceptives suitable for the hormonal cycle

Contraceptives regulate menstruation, serve not to get pregnant and are also recommended for complicated and painful menstruation. It is always the doctor who must prescribe any type of medication.

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Is it normal for ovulation to hurt?

Yes, it is absolutely normal. In fact many specialists consider that the fact that ovulation is painful does not mean that there is a pathology, since it is a very common fact, which in most cases is related to ovulation and causes temporary minor discomfort.

However, since ovarian pain is not always related to ovulation, in the slightest doubt it is advisable to go to your gynecologist. MEDICAL REFERENCES CONSULTED

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Updated: August 10, 2018 This article is published for informational purposes only. It can not and should not replace the consultation with a Physician. We advise you to consult your Trusted Doctor.

Mittelschmerz (October 2021)