What is Mittelschmerz? Ovulation pain.

What is Mittelschmerz? Ovulation pain.

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 The type of pain, and also the TIMING of the pain can help you figure out what might be causing your pain.

The name Mittelschmerz is German for middle pain which refers to pain in the middle of your menstrual cycle, usually about 14 days before you start your period.   Many people refer to this pain as “Ovulation pain.”   Pelvic pain can occur at any time during your cycle.   The type of pain, and also the TIMING of the pain can help you figure out what might be causing your pain.   For example, if your pain is primarily during your period, it’s more likely that the pain you are experiencing is menstrual cramps, also called dysmenorrhea.  But it might also be caused by several other medical conditions like: endometriosis or PID

Ovulation pain
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Ovulation is when a mature egg is released from your ovary.   This can cause recurrent, mid-cycle pain in girls with regular cycles.  Pain is caused by normal follicular enlargement.   Every month, females have an egg that is growing inside the ovary in what is called a follicle.  As the follicle enlarges, it can cause pain on the side of that ovary.  Also, blood and fluid can be released from the follicle when you ovulate. This blood and fluid can irritate the lining inside your abdomen causing pain.

Mittelschmerz pain can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.    Pain is usually mild, in the lower pelvis on either the right or left side.  It can often alternate between sides each month.

Ovulation pain can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. 

Pain from mittelschmerz can be dull and crampy-like, or sharp and sudden.  It might be accompanied by mild vaginal bleeding or discharge.  Pain is rarely severe.

Mittelschmerz
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If you have new pelvic pain that becomes severe, with nausea, vomiting, fever, or if it persists longer than a few days, you should seek medical care. This may indicate that you have something more severe than just mittelschmerz, like appendicitis, ectopic pregnancy or Pelvic inflammatory disease.

If you have new pelvic pain that becomes severe, with nausea, vomiting, fever, or if it persists longer than a few days, you should seek medical care.

If you think you are having mittelschmerz, you can try regular OTC pain relievers.  If this doesn’t help, your medical provider might prescribe oral birth control pills to help manage the pain.

Mittelschmerz
Birth control pills can help with ovulation pain

If you know anyone who struggles with pelvic pain, share this post with them, It just might help them too.

 

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