What does ovulation pain feel like?
The aching ovulation pain can last for an hour or two, or in some cases, can drag out for up to two days. Other women report that they regularly experience one short, sharp, and intense pain midway through their cycle that lasts for just a few seconds. While ovulation pain is usually bearable, women who experience sharp pain which lasts for more than a few minutes have been known to mistake ovulation pain for appendicitis.
Where does ovulation pain occur?
Less commonly, women may experience the pain in both sides of the abdomen simultaneously.
Why does ovulation pain occur?
- The growth of follicles in the ovaries prior to ovulation.
- The rupture of the ovarian wall occurs each month at ovulation.
- Muscular contractions of the fallopian tube and the ovaries that occur after ovulation.
How do you know if this is ovulation pain?
What else might be the cause of abdominal pain?
This is particularly important if you do not usually experience ovulation pain, or if your experience of ovulation pain is usually quite different.
Other possible explanations for abdominal pain, which is not ovulation pain, include:
- Ectopic pregnancy, when the fertilized egg implants outside the uterus, usually in the fallopian tubes, urgent medical attention is needed.
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease or inflammation of the fallopian tubes.
- Endometriosis, when the endometrium (lining of the uterus) grows outside the uterus, such as the ovary, fallopian tubes, pelvic cavity, or bowel.
- Ovarian cyst
- Perforated ulcer
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