Insight to Ovulation Pain

A stage in the menstrual cycle of women, ovulation is usually painless, but the experiencing of pain is not all that uncommon. At least 50% of women have encountered it at some point in their lives at least once, while 20% suffer from it every so frequently. The pain can be mild to intense and can last anywhere from a few minutes to somewhere above two days. Anything more than a week should however be reported to a doctor.

Why ovulation pain itself occurs has been contested over and over again with no clear reasons being put forward as to what really goes on. Some of the surviving theories include that of the emerging follicle and the one of the ruptured follicle.

With the emerging one, the pain results from the expanding follicle containing the maturing egg overextending the membrane of the ovary. With the ruptured one, it is assumed that the pain results from the irritation to the peritoneum by the bleeding that occurs when the mature egg bursts from its follicle.

Ovulation pain is generally harmless on its own, but when prolonged and coupled with other menstrual abnormalities, then you may have a bigger problem which needs too be solved. Here are some of the complications that would manifest as pain during ovulation.

  • Etopic pregnancy where the baby is developing outside the womb probably in one of the fallopian tubes.
  • Ovarian cysts.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease, perforated ulcer or some other gastrointestinal problem.
  • Appendicitis.
  • Endometriosis where uterine lining is growing outside the uterus.
  • Chronic pelvic inflammatory disease.

With these complications, it is best that you go see a doctor immediately and not waste precious time debating it. With underlying problems, you could have a reproductive health malfunction if you are lax in the handling of the issue.

For the ordinary harmless pain, warmth to the painful area, relaxation techniques, and pain reliving medication is a good idea. But since the pain rarely lasts longer than a day, it is best to stay away from medication and try the more natural methods of killing pain.

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