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Painful Ovulation

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 2 5

More Common Than You Think

Painful Ovulation

Ovulation is a natural part of women’s health. Although many women who ovulate may experience some minor discomfort, it is rarely considered to be painful ovulation. If you are a woman and you experience a lot of pain when ovulating then it could be a sign that something is not right physically with your body. Painful ovulation is not the norm.

Painful Ovulation Symptoms

Experiencing the basic symptoms of a menstrual cycle such as cramping and bloating is shared by almost all women during their ovulation cycle. More advanced pains are not nearly as common; however painful ovulation is still a common occurance and affects many women. Some stats suggest that about 1 in 5 women experience severe pain during their menstrual cycle. These pains can also strike women right before and right after the ovulation cycle.

Painful Ovulation is a Women's Issue

My own painful ovulation can be ascribed to my diagnosis of PCOD or PCOS.  This condition caused the outer walls of my ovaries to change so that when an egg follicle developed and was released from the ovary (ovulation), fluid was released into my pelvic cavity causing severe cramping and pain for several hours.

A painful menstrual cycle does not always occur. Many women will have a few menstrual periods when there is no advanced pain and then suddenly be stricken with a painful period. Most women that have painful menstrual periods do not experience them under ever cycle and this is considered normal.  If you experience very painful periods every month then you definitely need to see your Doctor so they can diagnose if you may have something else wrong such as an ovarian cyst or endometriosis.

Painful Ovulation Will Cause Abdominal Pain


Endometriosis is one of the leading causes of a painful ovulation. Endometriosis results when cells grow outside the uterus. These cells are not flushed away during the menstrual cycle and will instead begin to grow larger each month. These cells can bleed, eventually become scar tissue and overall cause a lot of pain and discomfort.

Painful Periods after Pregnancy

Some women will experience painful periods after their pregnancy is over. Usually these painful cycles will begin to diminish over a few cycles until your periods are similar to before you were pregnant. If after pregnancy you continue to have severe pain during you cycles for multiple months then visit a doctor to  check for other potential problems such as endometriosis.

If you experience a painful ovulation every month then keep track of your ovulation discharge. Write it down and note any changes. This will come in handy when you go to the doctor. Sometimes a painful menstrual cycle can be diagnosed by the changes in the ovulation discharge.

A painful menstrual cycle can be more than just annoying. Extreme pain could cause you to miss work and avoid social activities. If you notice an increase in pain it is important that you visit the doctor regularly before the pain becomes uncontrollable. Medical problems such as endometriosis are much easier to control if they are caught and diagnosed early on.

Many potentially life threatening conditions such as cervical cancer could also be the reason for your painful ovulation cycles. Cervical cancer is rare and probably not the cause of your pain, but it is still possible and happens to thousands of women each year.  Painful periods can often be caused by a root problem such as endometriosis. It is imperative that you keep tabs on your situation and visit the doctor on a regular basis so he or she can find any potential problems that may be causing your pain. You don't have to suffer with painful ovulation.



Apr 23, 2012 4:53pm
This is an excellent subject on women's health, and the endometriosis factored heavily into painful ovulation and periods for one of my wives and one of my girlfriends. Another girlfriend experienced a stabbing, "ping" pain in her abdomen (on whichever side whatever ovary was firing that month, as you know they "take turns")and she was always able to tell me, to the second, when she was ovulating. Good topic, well-written, and should be of interest to any woman experiencing such pains, mostly so they know they're not alone. A thumb's up!
Apr 25, 2012 3:34am
thx for props, vic! i added another paragraph outlining my own experience with painful ovulation. not fun!
Apr 25, 2012 11:49pm
Fully 1/3 of the women I have been with have experienced ovulatory discomforts, from the mild to the extreme. As I said, this is a good topic to bring to light, and adding your own personal experience is a plus, too. Good job.
May 19, 2012 7:00pm
Wow Vic! I just learned yesterday exactly what happens during ovulation and why I was experiencing temporary pain one side. I had no idea eggs take turns being released each month and I'm a woman. You knew more than me! Impressive lol.
May 19, 2012 8:38pm
I've been around the block a time or two.

Glad you figured out where your "ping" was coming from. Also, you should thank tekaha for writing this article -- her info was excellent for this subject.
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