Ovulation pain can vary from a slightly uncomfortable sensation when a woman is ovulating to extreme abdominal pain. While ovulation pain is not something the majority of women experiences, it is not all that unusual either. Around 20 percent of women will feel some form of pain during ovulation. If you are one of them, you could be asking yourself should I be worried about ovulation pain? The short answer is that painful ovulation is not normally caused by any medical problem, but that it can indicate certain gynecological conditions, among which endometriosis.
The symptoms of ovulation pain are obvious the pain occurs during ovulation (usually around two weeks after menstruation) in the lower abdomen. Ovulation pain can be felt only on one side during each cycle, either left or right depending on which ovary is releasing an egg that month. It can feel like pressure, cramps, or sharp pain. There is usually no need to see a doctor about this. For instance, I am personally able to feel my ovulation sometimes. It could be described as "pain", but it is not severe. I know I do not have any gynecological problems or STDs, so I am not concerned about feeling ovulation. In fact, it tells is a rather handy way of telling when I am fertile!
Women who are feeling extreme pain, prolonged pain, or are simply worried that something is wrong are advised to make an appointment with their doctor. Sometimes, ovulation pain can be an indication of conditions that require treatment. Endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), an ovarian cyst, and even appendicitis or an ectopic pregnancy, can all cause this symptoms. In the last two cases, a woman might think she is experiencing ovulation pain while the pain is in fact caused by something else.