In my last post, I addressed ovulation pain or discomfort. Several women have asked concerning the cause of such discomfort.
Of course, the best person to address your particular symptoms of ovulation is your physician. However, I will respond to the questions asked by over-viewing some of the more commonly known causes of ovulation discomfort.
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I mentioned last week that by far the majority of women experience no pain during ovulation or related to ovulation. For the 15-20% who do, headaches and abdominal pain/discomfort are most common.
In this post, I’ll address some of the reasons for the abdominal pain sometimes experienced around ovulation.
Follicle related: Ovulation involves the release of an ovum or egg from a follicle or sac within the ovary. Some theorise that the action of the follicle rupturing to release an egg might give rise to some discomfort in the form of pain or cramping.
Body Fluid Related: When the mature egg is released from the follicle, a small volume of blood and fluid is also released into the abdominal cavity. If this irritates any of the contents of the abdomen, or the lining of the abdomen, ovulation cramping might result.
Fertility Regime Related: If you are on an ‘IVF’ programme and have used fertility enhancing drugs to stimulate the development of mature eggs, it’s likely that multiple eggs will be the consequence. Some experts believe the process of producing multiple mature ova may possibly contribute to ovulation camping.
Generally speaking, most women will not experience ovulation-related pain or discomfort. However, ovulation discomfort is normal for some women. The positive side of the discomfort, of course, is that if you do experience ovulation pain, ovulation cramps or other ovulation discomfort these can be a great indicator in determining the time when you are most fertile – VERY useful information if you want to conceive.
Until next blog “fiat lux– et graviditas” – Let there be light – and pregnancy!