Ovulation is the release of a mature egg from the ovary for fertilization with a sperm. It is often accompanied with loads of painful and uncomfortable symptoms before and during. But some women often experience little to none.
Moreover, it often happens once a month and can determine when you can have a baby and when you cannot. For those who want to conceive ASAP, tracking ovulation through some of its signs and symptoms as well as ovulation predictor kits is very important in determining when you can actually conceive. You can also plan for a boy or girl if you are in tune with your ovulation and menstrual cycle.
Besides, a woman often ovulates 400 times in her life and it is not guaranteed that you will ovulate each month but you can have your period every month.
Basically, ovulation often starts two weeks before the next expected period. So, if you are in tune with your menstrual cycle then you will be in tune with your ovulation and in turn fertility, as ovulation days are always fertile days.
What Is Ovulation Pain?
Painful ovulation is often referred to as mittelschmerz, a German word for middle pain. And often occurs two weeks before the next menstrual period is due.
Ovulation is often accompanied with some mild and severe sensations that can leave you grumpy and tired for a few days.
Ovulation pain is often accompanied with some discomfort in the abdomen and pelvis area. This is often caused by the release of an egg from the ovary during the menstrual cycle. It is actually something that most women experience once in a while, apart from the period/menstruation pain.
Ovulation can often take many forms and occur every month, take a few hours or days as well as occur midway between menstruations or during ovulation.
But if it gets out of hand and becomes severe, you can always consult a doctor as it can lead to some ovarian diseases and STIs as well as fertility problems.
But you should be cautious with ovulation pains as they are always red flags and a sign that something is not right with your reproductive system.
When Does Ovulation Pain Occur?
Ovulation pain often occurs fourteen days before your next period. It can be consistent or not but it is up to you to keep a calendar of when your period starts and ends as well as when the ovulation pains begin and end. This might help you pin down when you are most likely to experience mittelschmerz.
It can occur every month but not always as the ovaries sometimes fail to release a mature egg for fertilization. But when it does happen, you will know based on the different signs and symptoms that your body is used to experiencing.
However, some women rarely experience these ovulation pains and that is ok, as mittelschmerz is not normal and can lead to fertility and ovarian problems. So, if it persists seek medical assistance, same applies to when you need painkillers to get through the day or make the pain stop.
What Does Ovulation Pain Feel Like?
Ovulation pain often differs in every woman but it has been described to feel like menstrual cramps, other women have also described it as sharp pain or a dull ache in lower abdominal region. It can also feel like a pop, twinge or twang for some, but it never lasts that long.
Ovulation pain often occurs when an egg is released from the ovary. The pain can be on one side or both sides of the ovary, depending on which ovary is releasing the egg. When the pain happens on both sides, it means that you are ovulating in both ovaries. This can lead to the conception of fraternal twins.
The ovulation pain can affect predominantly one side of the abdomen, but it can also alternate each month from right to left or stay on one side for months.
Moreover, some women have also reported feeling the pain on their lower back area.
It can also be accompanied by nausea or slight vaginal bleeding.
How Long Does Ovulation Pain Last?
Ovulation pain is often caused by the release of a mature egg from the ovary. When this happens it can cause some sensation that lasts for about a minute or two depending on your body or last for the first 24 hours, the same time ovulation cysts last. But it can also take up to 48 hours. And as time progresses it subsides and gets milder by the hour.
You can start to feel the ovulation pain a day before you actually ovulate. This is often caused by the growth of the egg in size. This increase exerts pressure on the follicles and causes some mid-cycle pain before ovulation date. Another possible reason for the pain before ovulation can be due to the rush of hormones in your body during this critical time.
But after ovulation is over, the next pain will last a day or two depending on your body. But there are cases where the ovulation pain lasts for more than 2 days, this is often from something else and should be investigated further by a medical practitioner.
Can Ovulation Cause Back Pain?
Ovulation often causes loads of changes in the body, some last for a few days while others last for a few minutes or hours. But the bottom line is that ovulation can also cause some lower back pain. This often depends on your body as some women never experience this or any sign at all.
Back pain during ovulation is often caused by the release of an egg during ovulation. This pain can be felt on one side of your lower back area, depending on which ovary is releasing the egg. It can feel a slight twinge of a more wide spread pain that subsides by the hour. But if it takes more than 24 hours then you should consult a doctor to rule out ovarian cyst or endometriosis.
Moreover, you can also consult a doctor if the pain leads to vaginal bleeding, fever, redness and some swellings. You should also seek medical assistance if these symptoms happen and you are already pregnant.
Besides, lower back pain during ovulation is often manageable with a few over-the-counter medications as well as a hot water bottle or bath. Some women often take birth control pills so as to do away with ovulation altogether.
You should also be in tune with your ovulation cycle in order to be in a better position of determining if the lower back pain is actually due to ovulation. Otherwise, it is something that should not last longer than 24 hours.
What Does Breast Pain During Ovulation Means?
Breast pain or soreness often occurs during or after ovulation has taken place. Ovulation often causes some soreness on the sides of the breast.
Basically, when you ovulate, the estrogen level in your body rises and its release into the bloodstream increases the blood flow to distal regions of the body like the breast thus increasing sensitivity as well as slight aches.
Moreover, when ovulation ends, your breast can also become sore due to the production of two reproductive hormones, estrogen and progesterone. Since ovulation often means conception, your body is always ready for any pregnancy and this causes some body changes like breast swell-up or soreness.
Likewise, the pain is often determined by the amount of progesterone in your body as well as the type of food you eat during and after this time. You should note that salt and caffeine can cause the swelling or pain to get worse.
However, not all women experience this kind of pain during ovulation. Some never experience any form of ovulation pain. So go by gut feeling and your ovulation cycle calendar as breast pain can be caused by loads of other things.
Ovulation Pain: Underlying Medical Problems
Ovulation pain is always harmless until it becomes severe and extends for more than 2 days.
So, if it lasts for more than it should, you should seek medical assistance as some of the below factors might be the problem.
Here are few cases where ovulation pain can cause some confusion and lead to even deadlier health conditions.
- Salpingitis– This is basically the inflammation of the fallopian tubes following an infection
- Chronic Pelvic Inflammatory Disease– This is also an inflammation that is often caused by an infection and it can cause loads of pain in your pelvic area
- Endometriosis– This is when the endometrium, which is the lining of the womb grows in other areas like the bowel causing some pain during your period and sex
- Ovarian Cyst– This is an abnormal pocket of fluid that develops on the ovary
- Ectopic Pregnancy– This is often pregnancy that develops outside of the womb, mostly in the fallopian tube. It can cause some abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding. Always seek medical assistance right away, if you are pregnant
- Appendicitis– Inflammation of the appendix can sometimes be confused with ovulation pain, especially if it is on the right side of your lower abdomen and is accompanied by vomiting and nausea. But you can rule this condition out by visiting a doctor
- Gastrointestinal Problems– Lower abdominal pain can also be as a result of ulcer, gastroenteritis and inflammatory bowel disease
How to Take Care of Yourself During Ovulation Pain
Ovulation can be painful to the point it wears you out and deprives you of normal daily activities. So to ensure that it does not take a toll on your health condition, you can always use some over-the-counter pain medications or some anti-inflammatory drugs. But remember to consult your doctor on this as some drugs can be ineffective or too dangerous for your body.
On the same note, you can actually pay the doctor a visit if the ovulation pains last for up to 3 days or you experience some heavy vaginal bleeding or discharge.
You can also make some consultations on hormonal contraceptives as they can stop ovulation and save you the agony of constant pain every month.
Moreover, you can also opt to lie in bed with a hot water bottle or take a hot bath so as to relieve the ovulation pain. You can put the heat pack or water bottles on your lower abdomen area for effective relief.
Planning a Pregnancy with Ovulation
During your ovulation cycle is always the best time to conceive as it means you are fertile. But it can be hard to determine the best time to get pregnant, especially if you have irregular monthly periods and are not in tune with your menstrual and ovulation cycle.
Moreover, ovulation is often associated with loads of pain during and after for some women, so having sex right at this junction can be a lot stressful and might not yield any fruitful benefit, a baby.
Besides, planning for a pregnancy can be hard for couples who have been trying, to a point that your body can also exhibit some stress levels that can lead to ovulation delay or missed ovulation.
Likewise, it is hard to plan a pregnancy with ovulation, since ovulation is not guaranteed every month and might be affected by loads of internal and external stimuli.
Basically, planning a pregnancy with ovulation can be hard, as ovulation is often affected with loads of things from health conditions to diet.
So as much as it equals fertility, you should not always rely on it that much as disappointment after disappointment can often lead to complete lack of it. Just take it easy and things will definitely fall into place one way or the other.
Basically, ovulation pain often occurs in some women and not all and it can last for up to 2 days. Although it is not considered normal and can lead to other medical conditions as well as fertility issues, most women are used to it and have it under control.
It can save you loads of agony if you know when you are likely to ovulate so as to avoid any form of confusion with other underlying medical conditions that might cause lower abdominal and back pains every month.
Conclusively, ovulation is a blessing to women as it means fertility, conception. And a baby is every woman’s dream come true.