WHAT IS OVULATION?
Around the 14th day of your cycle each month, a mature egg bursts through its follicle and travels into the adjoining fallopian tube.This process is called ovulation, and it’s a critical part of reproduction. Not every woman will feel ovulation. Though the sensation isn’t necessarily cause for alarm, you shouldn’t ignore ovulation pain.
Here’s what you need to know:
The basics of ovulation pain:
Ovulation pain is also called mittelschmerz. In German, this means “middle pain.” In most cases, the discomfort is brief and harmless.You may notice one-sided pain for a few minutes or even a couple hours on your day of suspected ovulation.
Ovulation involves a follicular cyst swelling and then rupturing to release the egg after your body’s surge in luteinizing hormone (LH).After the egg is released, the fallopian tube contracts to help it reach awaiting sperm for fertilization. Blood and other fluid from the ruptured follicle may also enter the abdominal cavity and pelvis during this process and cause irritation.
The sensation can range from a dull ache to sharp twinges. It may be accompanied by spotting or other discharge.
If your pain becomes severe or happens at other points in your cycle, check in with a doctor today