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Ovulation Pain and Adhesions

By September 2, 2003

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Women's Health Forums: I have had some severe pain during which time I should be ovulating. The pain last for about 24-36 hours anytime through the 13-18 days of my cycle. The pain is so severe I can hardly walk, drive or almost anything normal that I have to move around for.

I have had 2 laparoscopies due to adhesions and tubal blockages. Could this pain be due to and egg trying to move through the tubes or the egg actually moving and causing another organ to move due to adhesions and being adhered to another part of my abdominal organs. I have also had a lot of severe pain when trying to have a BM during this time. If anyone has any insight on this, please feel free to talk to me. What do you think?

September 5, 2007 at 3:43 pm
(1) Tan says:

I am having the same problems. I have had a laparscopy and a hysterscopy and they found I have ovarian cysts so they did what they call ovarian drilling but I am still having pain. I go back to the Dr. next week for my 5 week checkup, hopefully he can help me.

September 24, 2007 at 10:29 pm
(2) laurie says:

I also am having the same symptoms. I have been experiencing this for a while now and had a laproscopy in may this year. The only finding from the lapro was scar tissue on the back side of my uterus. I have such bad pain during ovulation that it hurts to urinate, stand up, and the pain keeps me from sleeping much at all during the 5-7 days every month. I also have had a dramatic increase in pain during my periods and much more clotting than I used to. Spotting at times in between cycles. This has really been hard to deal with and I have gone to the ER numerous times because the pain is so bad. I am at a loss of what to do and have been told after being evaluated by a gastro doctor that this needs to be looked at by a different obgyn. I would appreciate any comments or advice. Thanks.

October 18, 2007 at 7:14 pm
(3) joe-Ann says:

Hi im trying to find information on the internet as i have been suffering with really bad pains during the middle of my cycle, fro nearly a year now, the pain is so bad i find it dificulty just to get up and walk! I have been to my doctor about 5 times and each time he has just said ” I dont know what is going on!”
Im finind this very hard to deal with as i feel no one cares that i am in total agony!

After reading your stories it sounds as my symptoms may be this ovulation pain

i would just like to say thanks to you for sharing your stories and hope you are feeling better soon,
Take care

October 22, 2007 at 7:24 pm
(4) landa says:

omg!!!! i am goin through the same thing the pain last for 5-6 day i cant walk or sit i have pain with bm and when i need to urinate it is such a debilitating feeling well i have a ct scan scheduled for tomm i will keep you posted and i can sympathize with the feeling of being alone i feel like a complainer!

October 23, 2007 at 9:57 am
(5) Diane says:

I have the same thing going on. I have been to the ER and my OB/GYN. On Dec. 5th they will be removing my ovary. This has been happening every other month on the right side come to find out I have cysts there.

November 2, 2007 at 9:45 pm
(6) jodi says:

I am 39 and have been experiencing this for about 2 years..24-36 hours of pain and cramping occurring about 10-14 days following period – during ovulation. My doctor suspects cysts. Also pain with bm around that time, and occuring about every other month, sometimes every month. Thanks for the comments. Maybe I’m not crazy!

November 19, 2007 at 7:36 am
(7) anne says:

i have been getting abdominal pains every now and again but it got so bad i went to A&E but they told me it was just ‘mid cycle ‘ pain, but i am on the pill so does this mean i am still ovualting?please help

November 20, 2007 at 9:05 pm
(8) Pat says:

Even though I’m 52, I still get my period, although briefly & lighter, but for the past few years I have experienced this same mid-cycle pain on my right side for a few days. It wakes me up in the middle of the night and I’ve debated whether to go to the ER. My OBGYN has checked me for cysts, and found nothing. I told her again this Fall that this is still a problem and she suggested I call her the day I get my next period to schedule another vaginal ultrasound to see if there is a cyst or something. I’m glad to see I’m not crazy and the only one with this.

January 1, 2008 at 5:15 pm
(9) Debbie says:

This month is the first time I’ve had this problem twice! I’m 53 and still having my period fairly regularly. Through the years I’ve sometimes been able to tell that I must be ovulating due to some pain on one side or the other about ten or so days after my period started. These last two times I had to do some LaMaze breathing to get through the “cramp attack” which lasted about two hours. I could hardly walk or sit. I then had some unexpected, light bleeding for a few days. I chalked it up to holiday stress but plan to see my doctor if it occurs again next month. Thanks to all of you for your input as my mind feels a bit more at peace. I am not alone. Good luck to us all as we figure out what is happening and search for relief.

January 10, 2008 at 8:28 am
(10) Brooke says:

Have you asked your doctor about endometriosis? My sister has that and the symptoms sound very similar. Hope you find some relief. Check the Mayo Clinic website for good, reliable info.

January 10, 2008 at 1:02 pm
(11) Jessica says:

I am glad I am not the only one experiencing the same exact thing to a tee. I had a hystorectomy, but they left in my ovaries, and drained a cyst on one of my ovaries. Well 8 months later the cyst grew back, and I have been through every test imaginable, for them to tell me I have a cyst & scar tissue that is attached to my bowel. Not fun stuff, I am going in to hopefully have my ovary removed tomorrow. I wish everyone of you ladies the best of luck!!!!

January 10, 2008 at 7:04 pm
(12) Lianne says:

I also have this pain, starts normally on about day 10 of my cycle for 3 or 4 days. I pain alternating between RHS of abdomen, middle of abdomen and LHS of abdomen. I also get similar pain at different times of mye cycle too. I have been diagnosed with Endometriosis but now my Gyno says that all my Endo was removed during my Lap and its not that anymore!. I see him again next week, i’m sure its still Endo related.

February 5, 2008 at 10:37 am
(13) Heather says:

OMG! I have had near the same thing since I have had my tubes tied 5 years ago.I know when i am ovulating it is so painfull. If I don’t take Aleve or something as soon as the pain starts I’m in pain for the next 2-3 days. I also get my monthly period a week or so after i have ovulated with lots of cramping and clots.. I just need a solution

February 16, 2008 at 6:07 am
(14) Rebza says:

I thank God that i’m not the only one who is experiencing mid cycle pains. The pain lasts for 24 to 36 hours and its terrible. I have been so scared that i might be suffering from a dreaded desease but i’m relieved now that i’m not alone in this. I’m 40 and have never been pregnant. Will this problem affect me in case i want to make a baby?

February 23, 2008 at 11:47 am
(15) Angela says:

Hi, I have been suffering with ovulation pain for about 5 years now. Roun about the 13th – 15th day of my cycle I have horrific pains, I find it very painful to move about and even sitting can be painful. this usually wakes me up in the middle of the night. I have been to my doctors on and off and she has agreed with me that if is ovulation pains, I have been prescribed mefenamic acid, which I start taking at about day 12 of my cycle, which seems to help. What I want to know though is do we have to suffer for the rest of our lives? I have every sympathy with you and hope you get some relieve pretty soon.

Angela, Edinburgh, Scotland

February 29, 2008 at 12:56 pm
(16) Chloe says:

I am currently experiencing this too. Having had no pains during my period I am now on day 13 and feel like I’m having them now instead !
I have been trying to have a baby for 6 years and really hope that this isn’t a bad sign fertility-wise….

March 5, 2008 at 11:14 am
(17) Jo-Ann says:

I’ve had ovarian cramping since my last C-section (1995). I just had a hysterectomy and the OBGYN decided to leave it cause it looked good. So my suffering continues. grrrr… I just want to know if anyone found a pain reliever that works? So far I have not found pain relief, not even narcotics take that pain away.

March 5, 2008 at 7:35 pm
(18) Tam says:

I am late 30s and never had children and not planning on having any. I always wondered if that is why I have suffered from this pain. Now that I see women with children have this, I don’t know what to think. For the last couple of years I have been experiencing this. I am glad to see I am not alone and crazy. I am going through this right now. I decided to just look up some info and found this site. My doctor (which I will be changing) has told me a little discomfort happens in 20% of women. My pain is a dull ongoing pain that lasts for about 4 days. Nothing I have taken has helped. I would be ever grateful for answers and some kind of relief.

March 15, 2008 at 2:24 am
(19) Deb says:

I am 46 and I just had a hysterectomy Nov. 2007 but my Dr. left one ovary. I have ovulation pain every month grrr. I get severe pain where it feels like you need to have a bowelmovement but you don’t,you almost feel constipated. And I feel like I have a lot of pressure. Any suggestions on relief would be great!!!

March 21, 2008 at 3:28 pm
(20) GV says:

I am happy to have found these comments from all of you so thanks. On the other hand I am sad that we are all suffering so much pain with no real explanation from the medical community. I am 33 and was recently diagnosed with endo and had a lap. My pain is always on the right side. It isn’t as debilitating as some describe, but it is disconcerting. I have been trying to get pg for ages and have damage to my right tube so a pg will not come from ov’ing on that side. Anyway I wish you all luck with your pain. It does make feel better and less freakish that I am not the only one suffering like this.

March 27, 2008 at 3:31 am
(21) Janine says:

I am 39 years old and have been having pain on the RHS on ovulation for years. I get bloated & swollen, nauseated, hot flushes, cant sleep. I feel like a surge of something hits me and my ovary pumps. Had lap nothing specific – scarring. Thanks for leaving your comments, I get frustrated that this happens every 2nd month, sometimes 2 days feels much longer! Be positive..

March 29, 2008 at 6:14 pm
(22) DM says:

I am SO glad I am not alone. I first got an attack of this pain about four years ago so severe I landed in the hospital — CT Scan, MRI, Ultrasound, could find nothing! Talk about feeling crazy. It was happening once or twice a year (one attack floored me in the middle of a business trip – ended up in the hospital again, thinking it was appendicitis). Is there any way to get rid of it? Are birth control pills the answer? Last night it hit me again and I still feel bloated and crampy. Thank goodnees for naproxen! Would taking the ovaries out cure the problem?

April 1, 2008 at 1:47 am
(23) Rhonda says:

My symptoms sound like many of you. Around 3 yrs ago I started having sharp and throbbing pains on right side. Exploratory surgery showed that my right ovary looked like a lumpy gourd. Doc. said nothing to worry about. Now I am having same pain only worse, it hurts so bad at night I cant sleep and the pain runs down my leg.It usually happens midway between periods. I also wonder if it has to do with tubes being tied. Ever wonder where those eggs go?
I have had two friends who have had systs burst in their ovary my doc.said that it is normal. I hate the fact that all these docs. have such different opinions.I keep wanting to go back but do not want to spend more money on tests.I think I may just need to have it removed. I am glad to hear from others who feel the same,now i don’t feel so nuts.

April 1, 2008 at 9:25 pm
(24) DM says:

Doesn’t it seem odd that there seem to be so many of us (and those of us who have found each other are probably a small minority) yet the condition has no name and no treatment? Let’s start a support group. How about http://www.ovulationpainsupport.com

April 6, 2008 at 1:53 pm
(25) Heidi says:

Just after reading all of these comments it’s made me feel a little better!! I thought I was the only one out there suffering from this freaking pain every month! I had a hysterectomy 5 years ago and my left ovary was removed. They left my right one and this is where I feel the pain and sometimes it last for over a week!!! I tried birth control pills and they made me sick so I stopped. I told Doc to take the damn thing out, therefore I will be menepausal at 39. YIKES!!! I have to do what I have to do! This pain is horrible! I can’t even get out of bed and today I tried to go tanning , which Im addicted to and I didn’t even do that! This SUCKS!!

April 7, 2008 at 1:20 pm
(26) Gena says:

OMG!!! I can’t believe I’m not alone. This started about 4 years ago but my doctor told me it was due to the extreme stress I was under: mom died suddenly, very high energy terribly stressful job & a newlywed all at the same time. I was only having it now and then over a 6 month period, then it stopped. She said it was menorraghia (or something like that) and gave me Ultram which worked well. The pain decreased but my flow increased from 3 days to 7 days with a lot of clots. For the past year, its back again and the pains are blinding during ovulation. This past Saturday it struck me as me and husband were leaving the house — I stood there frozen. It felt like a sharp knife straight up the uterus and into the pelvis and some serious pressure in the rectum as if I had a horrible bout of gas. If I thought it wouldn’t hurt even more to drop to the floor, I would’ve. This went on intermittently all day and lasted into the next day. Finally, the sun came out last night and it subsided to a sort of ‘hum’. During ovulation my sleep habits are bat-like and way off. I’m 47 and haven’t had any children; what a toss off the cliff!

April 15, 2008 at 7:30 am
(27) sheila says:

I find it amazing that so many of us are experiencing the same type of pain and symptoms and yet no one seems to have found any real relief. Makes me nervous. I have side pain during ovulation every month and have had since my 4 year old was born. With my first pregnancy 6 years ago, I developed fibroid cysts. They enlarged during both pregnancies, but were significantly reduced after each birth. My doc thinks they might be causing the problem, but I don’t agree. My pain seems to occur primarily on the right side but some months is does effect the left side. It always lasts about 24-36 hours and seems to subside when I finally have a BM. During the peak of the pain I can hardly stand up, and can’t stand up straight. I have to do ‘lamaze’ breathing when I urinate. It seems that when I relax my bladder to empty it, it really causes pain. And there are times when the pain shoots through my rectum like a sharp, hot knife. My Mom, bless her heart, has had a lot of ‘female’ problems in her life, and she thinks that I have adhesions due to my two Hysterectomies and I’d say she’s is right. She has adhesions and knows the pain. I find it interesting that some of you have endo, and I wonder if that could be a possibility for me, too. For now the doc has me on Tramadol for pain, but it makes me nauseous and only takes the edge off of the pain. He has suggested BC pills but at 44, I don’t really want to go back to that. And I certainly don’t want to go in for a Hysterectomy. Mom suggested going to a Gastroenterologist so that may be my next step. I’m so glad I found this page.

April 16, 2008 at 7:21 am
(28) Sheila says:

In my previous post I stated that I had two hysterectomies when I meant to say two C-sections. Just wanted to clear that up!

April 24, 2008 at 6:14 pm
(29) AJM says:

First of all I’m so glad I found this forum. Thank you to all the other ladies for describing your symptoms, and I do sympathise with you! I only have one ovary and it really makes its presence known every month! Do any of you ladies find it painful even to sit down? When mid-month pain is at its peak I have to lower myself gently into a chair! Plus shooting pains in the rectum as one other lady has described. Aside from painkillers, I assume there is no real solution apart from having the ovary removed. Has anyone heard of this last resort step being taken? Of course it would precipitate the menopause. I’m in my late 40s though so maybe not too long to go! By the way my other ovary had to be reoved a few years ago after it was totally enveloped by a huge cyst. So I am nervous about pains on the other side, but the medical profession have been understanding with me and I’ve had a couple of scans and a laparoscopy over the years (nothing found).
Anyway ladies, hope you find ways of dealing with it all and that one day your pains will stop! I feel relieved though that I am not alone with this problem. It doesn’t seem to get mentioned much (people often talk about period pain).
By the way, slightly off subject, if you are having terrible bleeding and pain during your period and have completed your family, you might want to ask your GP about “endometrial ablation” which removes the womb lining, no need for a hysterectomy.
Best wishes to you all.

April 25, 2008 at 5:44 pm
(30) Brianna says:

I have the same problem as all of you. To me it just feels cramps for about 4 or 5 days. So I sort of feel lucky that I do not have the severe pain. The only thing that gets rid of it for me is taking birth control pills. It works like a charm. But I just stopped taking them to try and have another baby…..1st month off the pills and the pain is back. At least I know when I am ovulating. I wish there were a better way to deal with it. Good luck everyone and ask your doctor if birth control pills are right for you. It was so releaving once I no longer had the pain.

April 29, 2008 at 4:14 pm
(31) Tori says:

This thread has been very interesting! I went off the Pill two weeks ago and am at Day 15 of my cycle. I’m wondering that since I haven’t ovulated in 8 years if it’s coming back with a vengence. It’s on the lower right side by the appendix and there’s light-moderate pain and it hurts when I walk. Any thoughts? Thanks!

April 30, 2008 at 1:23 am
(32) KIm says:

I am 29 and have been having this off and on for the past 8 years, when it first started it was so severe I went to the emergency room. I was told that it was ovulation pain. Right now as I am typing this, I am ovulating and hurting bad. It is on my lower left side, that I can handle, it is the pain when I stand up or start to sit down that gets to me. The pain when I have to pee or have a BM, actually sometimes feels like I need to have a BM when I really don’t. I was told by one doctor a few years back that birth control was the only way to really solve the problem. Birth control keeps you from ovulating therefore no ovulation=no pain. I can’t take the pill and I am not taking shots, so I have just been suffering through it. Sometimes I get lucky and ovulate with no pain at all, wish this was one of those months…

May 4, 2008 at 2:53 pm
(33) Carol says:

Same story…4-5 years of this pain. Sometimes it skips a month, but I am doubled up in pain for 3-4 days when it does hit. I was diagnosed with polycystic ovary disease about 6 years ago. Have been taking Yaz Birth control for about a year and a half. It relieved pain up until about 5 months ago, now I am starting to hurt again. If a man suffered from this, there would have solution by now (hee hee)! I hope any doctors out there reading this will take us seriously. This isnt just “mittlewhatever”

May 12, 2008 at 12:22 pm
(34) Anu says:

I am so relieved i found this site somehow.i have been suffering this crazy condition for at least 10 years and thought i was the only one. Now i know i am not imagining this condition. Like some i thought i had a dreaded disease and one day it will be too late. The pain last for about 5 days and 6-8 times a day/night and very very severe.Bm pain, pressure,pain down my rt leg,o so tender all over and of course my mood is snappy thru all this. my hub has been very patient thru all this. Thanks God .i am only about 10% of myself and put myself in danger on road driving some times. Because i thought it(pain) is in my head and i should what i am supposed to do(realtor). spent a lot of money on so many tests, i had given up and then i found you all. Finally there is a glimmer of hope. Thanks you all.

May 14, 2008 at 6:34 am
(35) MG says:

I’m so relieved to read of others who suffer this pain. I was on the pill for about 10 years because of terrible periods but have now been off it (because I’d like to have children) for about 5 years and in the past couple of years I’ve been getting terrible pain around mid cycle.

It’s really odd because I often get no period pain at all, just this horrible ovulation pain, which can last for days. It seems to start vaguely niggling around day 8 or so and then be at its most severe around day 10 or 11. Usually it’s worst on my right side but this month I also had period-like cramps in the middle. I’ve been so worried that I have some really sinister disease! I hope that’s not the case for any of us.

I also find that I have pain when I pee and with BMs too. Nasty! Do any others of you find that you seem bloated around this time? I find that I look really “rounded” low down and just “wrong” which is worrying. I also get indegestion worse around this time. Anyone else? I’ve read about too many scary illnesses on the internet and really need my mind putting at rest! (I’m 31 by the way).

Thanks all for sharing your stories. It really helps.

May 24, 2008 at 11:23 pm
(36) LH says:

Mittleschmertz is “mid cycle” pain – so according to this it should be around day 14, and on the side of ovulation.

I’m glad to read some feel this early on as I, like clock work feel horrible day 10. Actually, it started today and is day 9. Do you feel it in the middle, near the uterus? Rather than side pain at the site of the ovary? And if you do have pain in the middle…have you had any surgeries to date? I have, and I have many of the symptoms already listed, such as painful bladder and BMs for 3-4 days. I wonder if the hormones from ovulation are causing pressure on scar tissue from a C-sec.

May 30, 2008 at 4:27 am
(37) stacey says:

i am 33 and i have always had some months with severe pain in my right side mid cycle which usually lasts a day or two but the last two months now i have had a mild period cramp like pain that seems to be in the middle (uterus kind of area) which last month lasted about 5 days, this month it has been 5 days and i still have the pain. I also feel pain when i have a BM. I have been so scared that i have got something terribly wrong with me like cancer, that i have been too scared to see my doctor (who i really dont like) It is comforting to know i am not alone with this although feel bad that we all have to suffer in this way.

May 30, 2008 at 1:47 pm
(38) RM says:

Great to find all your comments although I agree it sucks we’re all suffering. I came off pill last summer and since then have had terrible pain and bloating midcycle – so bad I can’t bend over. Seems to last about a week although feels much much longer. Currently in early stages of tests – scan for polycystic ovaries showed ‘lots of cysts’ on right side but ‘not typical’ of the syndrome – what does that mean ?!! No-one seems to be able to tell me if PCOS is something that develops ie mine could ‘grow’ into that, or whether it would have been immediately at the stage they class PCOS. Have all the other symptoms but feel no-one if helping. Periods non-existant but midcycle horrendous – almost like something is trying to happen but isn’t. Can any of you help? Having read all your comments I’m worried I’m just at the beginning of many painful years to come!!

June 1, 2008 at 11:01 pm
(39) SusanY says:

Thank you ladies. Having read everyone’s post, I feel not alone with this disease. I had years of pain from endometriomas with painful periods… but lately, my period is getting shorter (and managed much better) but my mid-cycle pain is getting worse and unbearable. It starts from day 8 for about a week. Some days worse than others (up to 7 anti-flammatory tablets a day). It seems to get progressively worse from discomfort to outright throbbing pain. The options I was given by the doctor is to go on a pill (stop ovulation and hopefully no pain) or have a hyster. I have been on various herbs but not much success. This month however, I had taken high dose of evening primrose oil capsules and it seems to take pain away completely. I am still skeptical as some months I get considerable less pain (probably no ovulation) but I am hopeful. Because I still got other symptoms like tiredness and general unwellness but minus the pain…. also, I took naprogesic on the onset for couple of days… not sure whether that had any affect. But I have my fingers crossed.

June 13, 2008 at 8:00 am
(40) Richelle says:

I’m so relieved to have found this blog :) Thank you!! It is slightly comforting to know I am not abnormal and that there are so many of us experencing this horrible Mid-Cycle pain and I mean PAIN!!.
What’s the go with this Mid-cycle pain……I mean we already get periods and give birth, so why ovulation pain? Have or do we not suffer enough?? – Grrrrr!
I am 26 and have been experencing a severe, sharp, stabbing like pain in the abdomen and in my buttocks region during my mid-cycles for the past 6yrs or so.
I can’t sit down or even touch my backside when this happens. Going to the toilet I won’t even begin there as the thought of it is making me cringe. This pain brings to me tears everytime. It lasts for a few days and the severity of it changes. I find the mornings are worst for me. A few times my partner has come close to taking me to A&E, it gets that bad!! I bloat to the point where I look pregnant and have no drive or energy. I normally get the Wheat bag out, have a bath, try to relax or take strong pain killers for it but it’s not easy when you think you are going to die from pain.
I’m not on birth control and didn’t really want to start to because of the pain. After reading how everyone deals with it and having read natural remedies I will try them all.
If I have success I will tell the WORLD! Good luck everyone.. :)

June 15, 2008 at 11:09 pm
(41) AMS says:

Yes! I’m so relieved to have found this site. I was beginning to think I had some terrible disease as well. Last few months I’ve had pain and discomfort from days 10-14. One sided pain, bloating, VERY uncomfortable bladder, discomfort with BM, sometimes nausea and/or acid reflux. My GYN is at a loss. Suspects endometriosis again (I had lap surgery 12 years ago – he removed a few endo implants and I’ve been doing very well ever since) But back then my endo pain was only with menstruation – who knows. Hopefully we will all get the answers we need soon. Best wishes to you all!

June 20, 2008 at 3:40 am
(42) mel says:

Has anyone had swollen lymph nodes in the groin as well as ovulation pain-I have had a swollen one on the right side for almost a week now-on wikipedia it is listed as a symptom of mittelschmerz-curious if anyone else has this too.

June 25, 2008 at 5:28 pm
(43) Angie says:

Wow, well I am currently having the same pain and it has been happening for quite some time. Taking motrin helps me, but does not take the pain away completely. I currently have one tube and one ovary, as the other tube and ovary were removed due to a etopic pregnancy. I have had this pain ever since then. I was starting to feel crazy and maybe that I was overacting. It’s relieving to see that I am not the only one.

July 1, 2008 at 11:26 am
(44) jen says:

im not alone! mine last for about 5 days and hurts to walk and sit down but it hurts the most to touch my abdomen its so tender and then it will just go away again for a month or 2 been doctors 5 times never got a answer! had all types of tests done on my bowels found nothing. must been mid cycle pains it always starts on day 14 of my cycle!

July 1, 2008 at 10:57 pm
(45) Katie says:

I am currently laying in bed with my laptop wondering what I am going to do with this pain. Last year my GYN suggested removing my uterus and I declined. She says often a tilted uterus can create BM problems and pain like we are experiencing. I am only 26 and have had one ovary removed ten years ago. I’d like to keep my “parts” unless there is something really wrong. Sex is so horribly painful, as is BM, or just sitting down. help!

July 7, 2008 at 7:42 am
(46) JT says:

I’m sitting here suffering from exactly the ssame thing and I’m so relieved I’m not going crazy. I’m 41 and have had mid cycle pain for years but nothing like this past year. Mid cycle bleeding, cant stand, the pain doubles me over and I wonder if I should go to the ER.
It’s awful that so many of us are suffering the same thing.

July 7, 2008 at 10:22 pm
(47) Laura says:

I’m 26 and I’ve been hospitalized four times for the same pain and I get the round around from dr’s. go to your GI, then he says go to gyno, then she says, go to urologist. I can’t deal with the pain anymore and I actually call my regualr dr and cry to give me something for the pain which he won’t. I feel like a drug addict when I do it, but I can’t deal with this. My periods are irregular when they’ve been regular since I’ve been on the pill 10 years ago, until about a year or two ago. My period is late on the pill, my cramps last all month, I get migrane, left stomach pain..finally my gyno said she’s going to do laproscopic surgery to see if I have endometriosis. I’ve gained 30 pounds that won’t come off even though I run anywhere between 4-10 miles a day and eat well. I was up all night crying in pain. I feel like no one is listening. I am so glad to find this post because now I know I’m not losing it and that others have this pain too.

July 16, 2008 at 12:59 am
(48) Heather says:

I can’t believe so many women are having this same pain as I am. I actually thought I was crazy and was going to cancel my obgyn appointment to talk to my doctor about it. I too fear it has something to do with my ability to bear child. I have had 2 miscarries and 1 successful birth. But it took me 4 years to be successful, I thank God for my little man. It is just really stressful knowing there is so many of us going through the same thing and there isn’t anything anyone seems to know about this. It is obviously a condition! But the doctors say “mid cycle cramping” because they don’t know what the hell is causeing it. I don’t have much faith in any of the doctors these days!

July 21, 2008 at 9:06 pm
(49) Jess says:

I have all of the symptoms that everyone here has. It is so crazy. I have been told by Dr.’s to see a back Dr. a bowel Dr. and a mental health Dr because they think I am depressed and the pain is all coming from that. The Dr’s seem to be the one’s that are crazy at times or just not care. Go figure. I have been through 3 Doctors in the past 5 years and undergone 5 surgeries. All to tell me that I have endo, adhesions and allan masters syndrome. I go through surgery thinking everything will be better soon and Bam it is all back again. The pressure on the bowels when sitting or trying to use the restroom, severe back pain, pain in the lower belly area, heavy clotting, and on and on. I have now done research and found a Dr. (Specialist) in GA. He personally calls me up and says ” Yes you do have endo, but did you know that you have a tilted uterus?” I said well it was mentioned to me but they (Dr.) were not concerned about it. He told me that all of my symptoms is coming from that. It lays back on your bowels, causes heavy clotting, constipation, diareah with the period and so on, all that I was feeling. I am scheduled for a Lapex surgery and a Laparscopic supracervical hystorectomy in 4 weeks. I will let you know if things improve. It will be a 1,200 mile round trip for me to see this Dr. but I feel it will be well worthe it.

July 23, 2008 at 10:43 am
(50) Kelly says:

I have been suffering for well over a year. I have two children and I am 35 years of age. Right at ovulation, my rectum begins to hurt. My description is gross, but is the most acurate to me….. When I sit down, I too have to ease down slowing, as I feel like someone has stuck a pole on my chair and I am sitting on it as I ease down. This will usually last for about a day and hurts when I try to have a BM. When I do have a BM, it is almost like I can feel it pass a certain area of my colon that is very sensitive. Weird, because I thought there were no nerve endings in your colon. How do I know that, because while I was pregnant with my second child, I developed ischemic colits at approx week 35 or 36 of gestation. My periods are regular but very heavy these days. It also seems to take about 3-4 days before I have full, heavy flow of my period, during the 3-4 days its just spotting and uterine wall. Come on gals, don’t be so modest, describe the pain how it really is. Anyone else feel like they are sitting on a broom stick when it happens? My doc thinks there is some sort of swelling going on, pressing on my colon, say ovaries and would like for me to have a colonoscopy.

July 23, 2008 at 8:38 pm
(51) leylee Panah says:

I have been experiencing the same exact thing, now i know i am not alone. I hate it i can barely walk and it also hurts my lower back, this seems to hit me every month without fail, but right now it seems to be at its worst, maybe because i am under a lot of stress in my life. I am not sure if the condition worsens under stress, if someone could please answer my inquiry it would be much appreciated. Thank you!

July 24, 2008 at 10:44 am
(52) Kelly says:

Leylee, I have’t paid much attention to correlation between stress and the pain. I really did not think I was very stressed, but about a month ago, I broke out in shingles, so go figure! I am a stay at home mom as of a year ago. My prior job was very stressful, and that is why I stay home now. While I was working, I would have this pain along with a throbbing or shooting pain down my left leg. Almost like I could feel the blood shooting through the big artery in my thigh. I’m not sure if that is related or not. I also have the lower back pain when the “mid cycle broom stick pain” comes along with shooting gas pains too. Sometimes that can be so strong that if I’m already sitting I have to slowly readjust myself in a differnt position, which then means I have to slowly sit back down as to not “sit on the pole”. BM’s during this time are also painful as I said in my prior blog. How many of you think it is Ovaries and how many of you think it is GI endometriosis, or both? I hate to get the run around from docs and since it seems so many are dealing with this and getting varying diagnosis, although I know that we are all made up differently. Plus insurance deductibles don’t make this any easier on the mind or the pocket! Good luck to all. I will keep checking in. K

July 24, 2008 at 10:51 am
(53) leylee panah says:

thank you!

July 24, 2008 at 7:04 pm
(54) Jackie says:

Ladies, First of all let me say….I LOVE YOU ALL…LOL…thank you for your comments, it feels great to know that are woman out there with the same pain I have. Yesterday it started, 13 days after the start of my last period, and boy the pain yesterday was almost unbearable…left ovary pain,lower back pain,pain shooting down my leg, and whenever I stood up, walked or sat down…UGH…the pain worsened. My ovulation pain started about 9 years ago…sometimes it’s not as severe but this time is a doozy…like some other ladies said, I feel like I have to have a BM, which I do, but it’s just the worst pressure. So as I write this now it’s a dull aching pain across my lower abdomen, in my lower back too, and kinda a full feeling in my rectal area. And I know once I go to stand I’ll have to get up slowly,walk slowly and sit again slowly, I’m 46 years old, but today I feel much older !! I did down some Ibuprofen a couple times yesterday but it really didn’t help. When the pain comes in waves I try to breathe deeply and focus on something else. Good Luck ladies. Hope you all feel better.

July 25, 2008 at 10:34 pm
(55) Jennifer says:

Wow…I don’t feel so alone now. I had a laparascopy a few years back because of this horrible pain. The doctor found adhesions and endometriosis. He lasered the adhesions, because they were joining my organs together, causing a great deal of pain whenever I attempted to sit…it damn near shot me back out of my chair. I conceived my son approximately one year after that surgery, and he is now two. I had him by c-secion because he was breech. I was having regular less painful periods, and couldn’t believe it. HOWEVER, during the last three months or so, things have gotten bad. I was lying in my bed breathing through pains, balling my eyes out, and that was before the period began…I believe it showed up ten minutes after that lol. This past month, around mid cycle, I had a constant ache of pressure in my lower abdomen, that was so painful, and during a BM I just wanted to die. I am making a doctors appt. because I have done some research on adhesions, and many doctors won’t do anything about them, because in a lot of cases, they come back. They are part of the bodies defense mechanism. When your body is injured inside, or cut for surgery etc. it develops scar tissue, which can come in the form of adhesions….so I’m thinking that my c-section quite possibly caused the little buggers to come back. I don’t want to go through another surgery, but the pain is unreal, and is emotionally painful as well I find.
Thank you to everyone for sharing your stories, because I think you really feel alone in this when going through it. Especially when you can’t get a straight answer from anyone about what you are experiencing. You really don’t know what it’s like until you’ve felt it!
Best of luck too all the women, suffering with something that is supposed to be natural.

July 28, 2008 at 7:20 pm
(56) Jess says:

2 Questions for you ladies… Does it hurt when any of you have intercourse? Have any of you been told that you have a tilted uterus?

August 1, 2008 at 7:15 am
(57) Sarah says:

I am stunned! You women have made me cry. Like so many of you I thought I was going mad. But is real isnt it? I have had the pain for the last 6 years. Sometimes its so bad, I see spots,feel faint and sick. I get swelling and a pain like a hot rock where my ovary should be. Mine has coincided with constipation, (Sexy huh!)despite eating enough fibre and fruit to sink a battleship. The Doctors have poked and prodded me (colonoscopy was clear) to no avail. I have a fibroid in my uterus, but they said that wouldn’t be causing the pain. Does anyone know if a sign of a tilted uterus would be if the Doctor couldn’t find your cervix during a smear test. She had to use a torch LOL! Thank you so much for your honesty – stay strong!!

August 6, 2008 at 5:26 am
(58) Caroline O' Callaghan says:

I had the same pains for years as you all describe usually on Day 11-13 of my cycle lasting 2 days. When my OBGYN suggested exploratory surgery I knew I had to change my approach. I went to a homeopath who prescribed Foliculinum and haven’t had a pain since!

August 8, 2008 at 9:48 am
(59) Rach Chee says:

Hi ladies, it seems like all women tend to go through this at one stage of there life and the pain varies in everyone. I too suffer extreme pain and it reminds me of when i was in labour with my 2 kids. When the pain is at it’s peak i feel like i want to push something anything out. i only ever get it in my right side and latley have had a bit of kidney pain with it and like some of the other ladies sometime i too feel like i have sat on a broom stick. During this time i feel very bloated, get bad headaches and get lower back pain.I have also put on a lot of weight and believe that this could of caused some of it (lazeiness the other of it) i now dread having my period and live on panadol for about a week as it lasts between 6-10 days. i was always under the belief that after you have children you pains go away and have read that if you have Endometriosis that pregnancy can fix it. i have had 2 children and its only after have my first darling child that the pain started. i have seen a doctor and she told me i have to do some tests but i have failed to do that as i am scared of what they will tell me as i do want more kids as i’m only 33. i am now considering moving up the baby making process to NOW rather than later just so i dont have to face anymore pain for the next 10-12 months. it seems from what i have research and read that most woman are dammed to live with it as most MALE gp’s dont see the concern and believe its’ all in a womans head. and a female gp who have never had pre menstrual cramps wouldn’t understand what it’s like to live with every month. The wise thing to do is find a specialist who knows more about this condition..Advise i will be following as i know its the best thing for me and my family.

August 9, 2008 at 10:04 am
(60) caz says:

Oh My God – such a relief to find that I’m not imagining the pain! I have a tilted womb, and had never before linked it to the pain. Some months are worse than others, but when the ovulation pain stops I have about 2/3 days before period cramps/PMS starts. My cylce is 25 days, so I guess I get about 7 days cramp/painfree, feeling ‘normal’ a month.
Such a relief to hear all your stories.

August 10, 2008 at 10:51 am
(61) Joanne says:

I suffer too! I recommend you all look into alternative therapies as I have. Your GP, MD, OBGYN will let you suffer or take your ovaries. I am so fed up of looking for answers. Think I am on to something with **NATURAL PROGESTERONE** check into it! Good luck ladies…beware the “pole” : )

August 11, 2008 at 3:25 pm
(62) Lara says:

Hi ladies, I feel relieved to hear from you guys. Every cycle I have a severe cramping, srt of dull pain and a burning sensation?? THe pain goes down the tops of my legs and in my back. It is so miserable I feel like dying. It lasts about 3 days. I also have been diagnosed with Endometriosis and had surgery but I feel like doctors don’t have a clue what to do with us and if they don’t know they just diagnose Endo. I”m so tired of it and I’m trying to have a baby. I also feel really bloated and pressure feeling.

August 12, 2008 at 9:10 am
(63) Rita says:

I’ll be echoing so many of your comments. I just had a diagnostic lap to figure out what could be the cause of this debilitating mid-cycle pain. Of course, I thought I was finally going to have an answer and they didn’t find anything. I’ve been feeling like I was going crazy, because I know I’m not a pain wimp, but this knocks me out for 2-3 days. I also have painful bms, urinating, and migraines that go with it. It seems like the only way to get through those days, is to lay down and stay completely still, and just breathe. Pain killers don’t seem to work. They only make me vomit, which causes so much pain I just cry. I also look like I’m about 4 months pregnant when this happens, and I can’t button my clothes around the waist. No one has an answer, but after all of my reading and researching, I think that natural progestone may be the key. Look up estrogen dominance and see if those symptoms apply to you all in general. Estrogen and progesterone need to aways be in the right balane of each other. Especially in the US, with BCP and estrogens pumped into our meats, there have been studies that show that we have higher levels of estrogen. It’s my theory, but I bet you it may create the “sever mid-cycle pain syndrome” because ovulation is when there is supposed to be a surge of progesterone. Just a thought. I’m hoping to find answers here. Best of luck to all.

August 13, 2008 at 3:04 am
(64) Dawna says:

Hello Ladies,

Well thank heavens there are women out there that I can relate to. About 1 1/2 years ago I started having “twinges” in my lower back around the time of ovulation. Over the past year, it has become increasingly more painful. It always lasts about 5 days, and always occurs on the right side (love to know why). The pain is severe enough to wake me up at night, and I find the one side is always swollen. The women in my family tend to hit menopause early, so I thought this might be a symptom of that, but I haven’t had any irregular periods. In fact, they have been more regular, and more heavy. It’s amazing that there doesnt seem to be a solid cause for such debilitating pain..it actually feels a lot like labour to me.

August 17, 2008 at 8:14 am
(65) Gabriele says:

Like most of you. I have had the same pain for over 7 years- ususally right side. Have had colon checked- had a laroscopy (found some endometrosis/ but doc said ovaries looked good?). But having the endo removed did nothing! Had tons of ultrasounds and the answers are always its just mid-cycle pain. I had the same pain while pregant with 2nd child. Did not think you ovulate while pregant? The doctors then say maybe cyst- but none show up on ultrasound? So, then comes the fall back- try birth control or pain medicine. The bloating, pain in bowels, the severe pain in the ovaries. I worry about ovarian cancer! But after a few days- Im back to my normal self. That much transformation in our bodies for ovulation- something has to be wrong. Im thinking about having my right ovary removed. Maybe they will find something when its out?? Thanks for the site. You really feel alone and crazy. Most docs are only concerned about the periods. Hopefully if enough of us get together- we may find some answer.

August 21, 2008 at 7:04 am
(66) Janette Ingham says:

Hi, Thanks for this chat. I’ve been having ovulation pain too, not too bad but I recently had my first seizure out of the blue. I’m trying life on rice milk, giving up the soy milk (which has phytoestrogens) in it. I hear US milk injects their cows with estrogen to make them produce more milk so you might consider trying something like this too???

I’ll let you know how I go.

Thanks again, Janette

August 23, 2008 at 3:36 pm
(67) bbrock says:

I’m 47 years old, never had children (my choice) and have been having severe mid-cycle pain every month for the past 7 years. Always on the right side. It wakes me up in the middle of the night and lasts for 3-5 days. Severe back pain before and during plus bloating, headaches and just a general feeling of malaise. I’ve always been very healthy and the recent blood tests I had done show no signs of cancer or anything amiss…perfectly healthy. I’ve tried rubbing progesterone on my belly, taking wild yam, primrose oil, b6 and b12 with no change. The only thing that eases the pain, but is certainly no solution, is sleeping with a heating pad and wearing adhesive heat pads during the day. My next attempt for pain relief will be with a naturapath as regular doctors are useless.

August 24, 2008 at 7:16 pm
(68) steph2tdf says:

thank god i found this post! i thought i was crazy and alone – now i feel much better. had a uterine artery embolization 6 mos ago and got on the pill many years ago to help with menstral pain. no longer have severe cramping, bleeding, and clotting but now have mid cycle pain and cramping every month. meclofenamate (or meclemen) is the pain killer i’m on and it seems to help but not take pain away completely. i still get hot flashes and dull aches for a couple of days. but thank goodness i’m not alone! thanks for all of your comments!

August 24, 2008 at 9:16 pm
(69) Jess says:

Well ladies like I had said that I was going to go to a specialist in GA, and I did. He was awsome. He is a top gyno in the United States. Well anyways he had to take my uterus, and cervix, and appendix. Then clean out all of my endo. I had ALL of the same symptoms as you all do, I am now recovering from surgery. The Uterus is suppose to be like a strong muscle and it looked as if you would touch a marshmallow. I will keep you all updated and maybe he could have an answer for 1/2 of you. I can already see that I am not having the back pain as I was having and have been on my feet for a week at work. Keep your Heads Up there is HOPE!!

August 24, 2008 at 10:25 pm
(70) anne says:

Wow- I am a bit scared reading oall of this- I just went off the pill and am in about my 8th day of my cycle and am having cramping- I am worried that I may have a cyst- is that what the consensus is or is it just ivulation pain? I had a baby 1 yr ago and have never had this pain ever- is it just more sensative now that I have gone through childbirth? any help I appreciate!!!

August 26, 2008 at 10:05 pm
(71) JANIE says:


August 27, 2008 at 4:40 pm
(72) Louise says:

I also experience pain in my lower pelvic area – it starts 10 days after my period has finished. My Dr. told me it is pulling on the scarred areas following my two c-sections. It started after my second baby was delivered by c-section. I have no other symptoms. It is more painful than my period. Relieved to see I am not alone.

September 6, 2008 at 11:53 pm
(73) Vonny says:

I went to a new nurse prac. for mid cycle pain. She thought that we should eliminate one thing to see the cause. So she decided to eliminate my periods. I will be going on birth control pills. I hope there is an improvement.

September 7, 2008 at 10:03 am
(74) Annabeth says:

My story sounds so similar to many of you. My pain started almost 3 years ago. Exactly on day 10 after my period starts, I get sharp cramping pains on my lower right hand side. It comes and goes throughout the day like “attacks”. No pain meds help and all I can do is breath and try to relax through the pain. Sometimes an ice pack helps. This cycle of pain lasts sometimes up to two weeks. The week before and the week after my period are the only times I feel normal. I have had gastro, urology work-ups and a laparoscopy. All came up with nothing. My gyno put me on the pill to see if stopping ovulation helps but I have tried it for the last three months and it seems to make it worse. I am ready to take everything out but I am afraid it won’t help. Does anyone have any theory? My gyno is not giving me any answers.

September 10, 2008 at 1:34 pm
(75) Tiffany says:

I can’t tell you how thankful I am for this blog! I’ve called my family md, obgyn, natural md, and infertility doctor (as I’m on Chlomid & Progesterone) today trying to find answers to why I am in so much pain. Last night, the pain woke me up from a sound sleep around 1:30 am and kept me up for hours on-and-off. My husband was out of town and I was scared to death. It felt a lot like the gas pains I had after my laproscopy a few years ago – but worse! I called my sister to be with me – I didn’t know whether to go to the ER or what? The thing is, I’m on day 16-17. I also have 3 known eggs this month. The infertility nurse thinks it’s just all due to ovulation and follicles, etc. I’m 34 and have been on Chlomid quite a bit and have NEVER had this sensation. It’s over the top!

September 11, 2008 at 1:58 pm
(76) LJM says:

I have been feeling so scared and I came a across this site and all of your comments and it made me cry to hear that I am not alone. I have been so terrified like some of you have already said that I have something terrible wrong with me. I suffer much worse symptoms around ovulation than at my actual period. The bloating, lower back pain, pains in legs where you can’t sit or get comfortable even in bed, feeling sickly, acidy, pressure feeling which is scary because it reminds me of when I had an ectopic which resulted in a tube being removed, really tired and fed up. Occasionally I get some bleeding too which tends to only happen during one of the days leading up to ovulation and sometimes doesn’t happen at all but I was particulary scared today because it seemed more red and had a few tiny clots in it but I checked again an hour or so later and there was nothing there. It is so frightening. 8 years ago I had a labour and delivery termination as my baby had severe hydrocephalus “dandy walker malformation” and also I have had an ectopic the same year. I have one child who is now 6 yrs old and since I had him I have suffered with these symptoms around ovulation. I get acid reflux and for some reason the symptoms of that seem worse around this time too I am not sure if it is connected or purely conicidental but either way it feels like from my chest down is causing me pain or discomfort at this time of the month. I also get irritable bowel syndrome so some of the symptoms are similar and get a bit confusing. I cannot tell you how grateful I am to have read these comments, I am of course sorry we are all suffering but it gives a bit of reassurance to know I am not going mad. I have had some blood tests, had an ultrasound and seen a gyno who took swabs and did an internal etc. smear has been normal too. Thanks again. Best wishes to all.

September 11, 2008 at 4:55 pm
(77) jdsg says:

Three words…evening primrose oil..try it.

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September 14, 2008 at 9:55 pm
(78) keighsee says:

I first had midcycle pain in my early 20′s. I had stopped taking birth control pills and had a terrible attack of pain, I thought it was my appendices. The ER doctor told me it was likely ovulation pain (also known as Mittelschmerz). It was years before I experienced it again.

In 2005 I had a baby by C-section (at age 32), then less than a year later I had a tumor and ovary removed. The tumor was found to be a borderline malignant tumor, so any pain I get in my pelvic region starts me thinking that it’s coming back. I experienced terrible mid-cycle pain. The worst of it only lasted about a half hour to an hour, but it was severe enough that I could hardly sit down. The pain is in the side where my remaining ovary is, it’s intense and almost feels like I’m constipated. I usually have further cramping for a couple of days afterwords – tenderness when having a bowel movement etc. I’m glad to hear so many others describe the pain the same way. The doctors decided after numerous ultrasounds, that it had to do with scar tissue around the ovary. After seeing that a number of you also have had surgeries, it makes me think that could be the case.

On the positive side, this ovulation pain made it quite simple to conceive my second child. We’ve now completed our family and I will be having a full hysterectomy in less than two weeks. That should end my mid-cycle blues, and help ease my fears about the borderline cancer returning.

September 19, 2008 at 1:53 am
(79) Helena says:

It is about 12:10 AM. I have awaken due to severe left pelvic pain and severe cramping(the pain medication I am on doesn’t appear to work as well as it first did-was given pain medication only in the last few months-the male DR I switched to from the female one I had been going to prescribed them-the pain medication at least allows me to function). I just ran across this site and reading your comments have given me more hope than any of the DR’s I have been seeing. I have been dealing with this for almost 2 years. I have been diagnosed with everything from constipation to possible colon cancer. I have had a colonoscopy(which was great-no colon problems except for one divitricula), 2 CT scans, a cystoscope, every imaginable blood test,so many pap exams and ultrasounds I’ve lost count and had my cervix dilated(which is very painful)(which my Gyno now thinks created the severe cramping I am now having as well as the original severe pain), and a lapro where they removed a damaged left fallopian tube(which did not show up on any of the ultrasounds)(I was told this was the problem-imagine my dismay when the pain reoccured). I have been treated for divitriculitus(which the urologist when he reviewed my CT scan said I never had). My big mistake I think was a few years ago when I opted for having a uterine ablation instead of a hysterectomy. After years of heavy menstrual flow an ultrasound was finally done and fibroids discovered. The ablation worked great-but then my cycles stopped all together (about 2 years ago) and this is when my pain started. I am 45 (3 full term births)and have not gone through menopause as of yet(been tested for that too). I have numerous cysts on my left ovary and my general DR and Urologist call them sizeable cyst where as the gynecologist refers to them as follicles. My gynecologists thinks my problem is stemming from fluid build up in and behind my uterus from the ablation even though the pain is directly where my left ovary is. When the pain first started it was a few days once a month, then I was noticing it on a 2 week cycle. Now it is almost constant-just the degree of pain changing and I now have severe pressure on my bladder at times(been treated for bladder infection-which didn’t help)(which the urologist says can be related the cysts on the ovary as some come and go). I am now scheduled for a hysterectomy and removal of my left ovary (right one being left for hormones)in a week and a half. My big concern now is if I should have the right ovary removed too. I am not happy to see all of you having similar problems, but am happy I am not alone and that what we are experiencing is real. One thing I have learned through all of this is to question your DR and not be afraid to switch medical providers if your not getting answers.

September 21, 2008 at 11:12 pm
(80) Paige says:

Hey Ladies

I too have had this problem since I had my tubes tied in 2003. I have had all the studies done and have even had two cyst removed, still I have had no sign of relief. I have two boys and pain or not I can stop going. I can stand up sometimes and almost feel like passing out the pain is so bad. So if anyone finds out something that helps please let me know.

Good Luck and God Bless

September 23, 2008 at 3:44 pm
(81) Jess says:

Ladies, as I had said that I had to have the hysterectomy. It has now been 5 weeks and I am pain FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
NO MORE BACK PAIN AND LOWER ABDOMEN AND ALL OF THE OTHER SYPTOMS!!!!!! I was so worried about the hysterectomy and the side effects. I feel in so much of a better mood, because there is no pain and I am not all of the time tired like before. The Dr did leave my ovaries. If any of you are interested in the Dr I did see, he is a specialist in GA. I drove 9 1/2 hrs to see him, but he was wonderful after dealing with all of the quack Dr’s here where I live and them giving me a bunch of stories on what was wrong with me. I also had endo & admyosis (which is spelled wrong). There was a young girl in his office when I was there with the same symptoms as all of us. There are only 5 specialists in the US, he gets patients from around the world with the same symptoms. TRUST ME IT IS WELL WORTH CHECKING INTO!!!!!!

September 30, 2008 at 2:14 am
(82) Erin says:

I started having ovulation pain in my early 30′s after coming off the Pill. I am now 43 and have not yet had children. I have been to many alternative health pracititioners and the most relief I have gotten is from a combination of Chinese medicine/acupuncture and a lady D.O. who did visceral manipulation sessions with me. I also have a double uterus and even though it is not tilted (anti- or retro-flexed) she helped position the left uterus so that it was not compromising the position of the left ovary which is the one that hurt the most. I also went through the Rolfing 10 series of Structural Integration and my lady Rolfer had also been trained in visceral manipulation. These things really solidified my healing. Now my pain has come back because of a spinal injury that caused my pelvis to rotate again out of alignment. I have been getting some more of these alignment therapies and am getting progressively better AGAIN…..less ovulation pain as the space on my left side is getting less contracted. So…..all this to say that some of you may have a structural imbalance. Ask yourselves if you have had any injuries or feel pulled over to one side? Also, my Chinese doctor said to always eat warm food to increase circulation in the pelvic organs to avoid stagnation. Of course a Western doctor would roll their eyes at this…..but I do feel better and it beats sleeping with a heating pad. The acupuncture and warm foods really heat you up from the inside in a pleasant way. One other thing. My periods have never been any problem, if anything, light and short. I don’t have endo but the ovulation pain would last about a week, sometimes right after my period!! Once, my breast swelled one cup size larger in one day during a surge before ovulating. I panicked and thought I had inflammatory breast cancer……all tests were normal…..doctors could never find anything wrong with me. Finally the Osteopath (DO) did some structural therapy and got me on the road to discovering my imbalances that I could slowly correct. Good luck and I know it is so frustrating…..I was starting to sound like a broken record to my husband and close friends. Hang in there……our bodies are telling us something…..look at all the layers……I’m still on my journey but am hopeful that this time will be as successful as the last time I did this.

October 7, 2008 at 9:43 pm
(83) Liz says:

I’m so glad I googled painful ovulation tonight. I have had 2 c-sections and 1 hernia operation after my last c-section. I recently went off the pill and got the Merina IUD. I have always ovulated late in my cycle – 1 week or so before my period. The past two months I have had lower abdominal pain at this time. It lasts 3-4 days and is a pain in the neck! It hurts to urinate, have a BM and I can feel gas passing through my body! I was trying to explain it to my friends and how I can feel the pain just sitting and walking. Strange, strange feeling. I wonder if the Merina makes it worse… Should I be checked out for cysts? I think I may weigh more during this painful time too… Any thoughts on that?

October 8, 2008 at 11:39 am
(84) Amarie says:

Ladies, be strong in the knowledge that many of us are struggling with our biological destiny every month. I am 40 and I have had a lot of these symptoms for the past three years. I think that my uterus is retroverse and may press on the bowels at times. I have had two C-sections and I have two boys (almost 6 and almost 1). Do any of you think that there may be more of these problems in women who have had boys as opposed to girls?? I wonder if all that extra testosterone (plus adhesions from C-sections) may contribute hormonal imbalance…. An ultrasound a couple of years ago revealed two small fibroids and a small ovarian cyst. I am scheduled to see the OBGYN soon, but I really want to avoid laparoscopies or surgery. Sometimes lately I have felt scared and feared the worst, as I have soreness almost non-stop between days 10 and 15, period-like pain, sometimes groin pain going down the leg, backaches, and a lot of gas and bloating. When pregnant with my second son I had some of those pole-in-the-colon pains described by someone else earlier, as if my bowel was folded over with no room for things to pass. Now I do not have that, but the bloated achy feeling lasts for days. I will try acupuncture and evening primrose oil and yoga first, and let you know if they seem to help.

October 10, 2008 at 7:08 pm
(85) Erin says:

I have been dealing with what feels like severe gas pains on my left side for 7-8 months. Just like you ladies usually lasting 2-3 days. I went to my primary because I didn’t know what it was or what was causing it. My primary thought it was Diverticulosis. I am 34 and have 2 kids. After a CT we were both suprised to see I have an Ovarian cyst which is 8 cm by 9 cm. My next thing is to get an pelvic ultrasound and follow up with my OBGYN. I looked all over the internet to find out if anyone else was having this type of pain…really I was taking GasX for 3 days straight and finally realized it wasn’t helping the severe pain. Up all night during those 2-3 days!! Also my stomach feels swollen like I’m pregnant. Hopefully it is something that can be managed with out surgery.

October 15, 2008 at 11:05 am
(86) Whitney says:

Hi ladies, so glad to have read all of your comments. This is the first time I have ever experienced this pain mid-cycle, and I was starting to freak out because I thought I might have a tubal pregnancy. Like many of you, I am having severe lower abdominal pain, to the point where yesterday at work I had to leave my desk and go sit in the bathroom and just breathe. Moving around in general can be very painful. Overall, when I’m not having an “attack” where the pain is severe, I have this constant feeling of pressure and feel like my stomach is sticking out and swollen. I’m wondering if anyone has associated this problem with having an abortion? I had to have one almost two months ago, and it seems to have caused this mid-cycle pain to start happening now. Maybe my hormones are still trying to adjust back to normal. But I have been experiencing this pain for 4 days now and everyone keeps telling me to see my doctor but I’m afraid because like many of you, I have feared something horrible is wrong with me.

I think I’ll try getting on the pill to see if that helps at all. I’ll let you know. I just hope this isn’t the start of what many of you have been experiencing for years, no woman should have to suffer from this ALONG WITH periods, pms, labor, etc. I’d at least like to feel pain-free and normal for a couple weeks each month…is that too much to ask?

October 15, 2008 at 6:49 pm
(87) Katherine says:

Well, like the rest of you…I also have the same pain…on the right hand side….went to my doc and I had an ultrasound done…it showed that i had a cyst on my left side. So the doc told me he doesn’t understand why I am having the pain on the right side. Can anyone answer that for me? I am in pain right now. Like others on hear it hurts alot when you are sitting and even worse when you start to get up. I wonder if its something even more…it does bother me why the ultra sound didn’t show anything on my right side.

Been dealing with this about a year and a half. Last time My doc and i were talking about it he told me…”well its not bad enough to do anything about it right now”
This is a male doc. How does he know how this pain feels??
Thanks for letting me tell you my story in a short form.
Take care ladies

October 19, 2008 at 2:17 am
(88) mommyof4 says:

ok i can see that this is very common, i was just told a few months ago that i had a small cyst on my right ovary, i have had 4 vaginal ultrasounds my last being just the other day at the hospital my pain landed me right in the er. my gyno said that the cyst i have will dissolve and go away he said in 3 months which was in sept that i come back have another vaginal ultrasound and go from there he said he would put me on the pill for 4 months. this month i started my period with the usual pain on the 1st day and i have had it ever since from oct 8th to now which the pain is killing me at the moment. i’ve noticed for 3 years or more that i haven’t been ovulating at all and my dr said that was fine at the time. ok so since jan 2008 all this pain started happening to me.
-i have pain on rightside my hip and lower back pain all day long sometimes worse.
-i feel constipated but can move my bowels after sitting there for alot of time stowels are soft.
-i feel gasey but can’t relieve my self and sometimes i wish i could cause i feel like maybe i would feel better after.
-i have my period then after i have spotting for the rest of the month off and on until i start again.
-this time my vagina was aching, along with my leg on the rightside.
-i was told in sept that my cyst was 5 cm or mm? can’t remember.
when i went to the hospital the other day they told me on the rightside the cyst was 7-8 cm so that means it got bigger. and i read somewhere you get alot of pain when it is getting bigger cause it is strenching the ovary.
they also to my surprise told me that i had a small cyst in the left ovary and a small fibriod.
they gave me some painkillers of all things percecet that are very addicting, which i hate but tonight i had to take 1 and it didn’t work that great.
my gyno is on holidays so i have to wait to see him on nov 17th. that’s the ownly reason why i went to the ER i needed something for the pain i got soo week and sick to my stomach, the pain was soo bad that day i couldn’t even walk. and almost every night it wakes me up out of my sleep. i hope i can make it. sorry this is soo long i hope that we all get some relieve from this thanks for listening.

October 20, 2008 at 2:55 pm
(89) LOUISE says:

i have had all the symptoms you have been describing and i figured that if i went back on the depo contraceptive jab (which stops you ovulating not ideal i know )i would have less pain even though my husband has had a vasectomy i am not using this for any other reason except to stop the awful pain it has worked for me. I hope this may help

October 23, 2008 at 8:23 pm
(90) isabel says:

I have been trying to solve this pain for several years now. It started around 2001. I get terrible pains that are in my abdomen and run down my legs and stop a the knees. I told my obgyn and she sent me to a gastro doc. I was told I have IBS. Well after folllowing their diets etc. I got pregnant in 2004 and the pain went away completely. It stayed away for none months after the baby was born. It came back slowly and got progressively worse again. I went back to the Gastro and told her. She still thought IBS. She did a colonoscopy. I still had the pain as I went in for the colonoscopy. She said I don’t have IBS. “Go back to the OBgyn”…I did. They said it was just cramps. I went to my primary on an emergency visit. I couldn’t take the pain any more. He prescribed Naproxyn. It did help sometime!. But there are some days near ovulation it just can’t help. The pain can be so terrible. At Whole foods awhile ago they suggested Melatonin to help me sleep. I think this has helped me at night. Other wise I am up ALL night wandering around the house trying to get comfortable. Pretty bad when it is cold in the winter in pain at 3:00am!!!! I went to a Chiroprator and had an xray done. It showed on leg is shorter than the other. I had fallen down the stairs in 2001. My pelvis might be out of whack. I have a tipped uterus(always have) Now I go to a Naturopathic Doc who has me on hormone balancing vitamins and now a diet of now refined sugars, no white flours, no growth hormone added Chicken or meat, no chocolate etc. I am waiting to see if this works. Any ideas??

October 27, 2008 at 2:25 pm
(91) Michelle says:

All these comments are starting to make me feel less crazy. I think I’m having similar symptoms currently for the first time. I’m 24 and have had feelings of nausea, dizziness, fatigue, constant bloating, and severe pain in my lower back. My abdomen feels tender and both my BM and urination feel uncomfortable? I just started spotting, which made me think it might be ovulation pain. The pain has been going on for about a week and I’m on day 14 of my cycle approximately. Could this be what all this pain is attributed to or could it be something more serious? My first instinct was that I might be experiencing early pregnancy symptoms. Does anyone have any guesses?

October 29, 2008 at 3:16 pm
(92) susie Johnstone says:

I am43,have suffered from this since the age of 21 after being sterilise.The only thing i found that worked was going on the pill but after being on it a couple of years had to come off due to my age.I have tried all sorts of things over the years and after 23 years of severe monthly pain i now pray for the menopause.It has been a big contributor to relationship break ups as due to the pain,swelling etc i was left with only one week out of the month when i could have sex.I have resigned myself to being single for a long time now,as i have been for past 8 yrs.Hope you ladies especially the younger ones find a cure as living yrs with it i wouldnt wish on my worst enemy.Roll on the menopause!……….life begins! Susie

November 1, 2008 at 8:35 pm
(93) Eleanor says:

I have had this ovulation pain since my late teens. My mother and her identical twin had it as well when they were younger. According to my doctor this is a normal occurrence in a small [ 20%] percentage of women. The condition has a german name ‘mittleschmerz’ which means middle pain. You can find some info at this and other websites.
Should you find that you have any other symptoms apart from the pain eg bleeding mid cycle, then it would be best to consult your GP. Hope that is useful info for anyone.

November 2, 2008 at 12:23 am
(94) Allison says:

I have these problems too! It all started after I stopped taking the pill after using it for 9 years. I had a lap and he found adhesions and one blocked tube. He got rid of the adhesions, but the pain didn’t go away. Mine lasts for about a week, just before, during, and after ovulation.

November 2, 2008 at 12:26 am
(95) Allison says:

I forgot to mention that I also have a retroverted uterus… this seems to be a possible link. Hopefully someone will get some answers soon!

November 5, 2008 at 5:17 pm
(96) Mary says:

Having just come across everyone’s comments whilst searching for info. on endometriosis etc. I thought I should add a comment myself. I am heartened to find that other women have experienced this as I have never met anyone else who has this condition! I have been suffering from severe mid-cycled pain for 18 years, all of my adult life. Initially in my early 20′s when the pain began all sorts of hormone treatments were prescribed by my dr. but none worked and instead caused many terrible side effects the worst of which was weight gain and dreadful mood swings which lasted for up to 2 years. After my 2nd laparoscopy they said they found a little endo. tissue but no solution was ever mooted except further hormonal treatments. I have found doctors to be reasonably sympathetic but ultimately woefully lacking in knowledge about this condition. I have simply had to try find ways to manage it myself. The pain comes every month as regular as clockwork, it usually kicks in on day 15, but if it comes earlier on day 10 or 11 that indicates that I am ovulating a little earlier that month. During that time the pain comes and goes all day and night for 4 -5 days and makes everyday life very difficult. It is so severe at times that it wakens me up during the night and each instance of the pain can last for up to 2 hours. The type of pain changes from time to time, sometimes it is a horrible dragging sensation like the worst period pain you can imagine, sometimes a deep burning stabbing pain, but it is always located low in the groin. It can affect my lower back as well, particularly when the pain feels like very severe colic. The pain is so bad that I have nearly passed out and it is unbearable if I can’t get access to a hot water bottle, I have found that the heat from that helps make it more bearable. Over the last year I have had intensive acupuncture and that seems to have been of some benefit. I have at least learned a lot from my acupuncturist about diet and life style. he tells me that the ovulation and hormonal imbalance is linked to irritable bowel syndrome and that the womb’s swelling in preparation for possible pregnancy in the thickening of the layers in the womb also contributes to disturbing the bowel etc. I have cut certain things out of my diet as

November 9, 2008 at 11:07 am
(97) Sharon says:

My story is very similar to all of yours. About a year and a half ago I began to notice a slight irritation in the upper left side of my uterus. I noticed that I was beginning to cramp mid cycle, something which had never happened before. Now,a year and a half and several negative tests later, I can tell you that things have certainly progressed for the negative. I can feel this soreness in the upper left side of my uterus pretty much all of the time but mid cycle it just gets alot more painful. I feel bloated(I have gained alot of weight within the past year and a half inexplicably), sometimes I have shooting pains originating from that spot and it goes down my leg. I pee often (like 5 or 6 times throughout the night. My bowel appears to be irritaed also. No constipation though, it is the other side of the coin.)My belly is swollen and people think that I am pregnant. Sometimes I too get acid reflux and my lower back aches alot. I feel fatigued all of the time. Sometimes I think that I am dying from some awful disease.We have been trying to have another baby. Last July I became pregnant but I had a miscarriage in October. During the D and C the doctor scraped over the afllicted area and I felt as though she had scraped over some kind of sore. It really hurt. I have not been able to become pregnant since. Basically, I am bothered by this all of the time now and the mid cycles are really bad. I feel alot of pressure and back pain. I have had pap test galore, ultrasounds galore and nothing shows up. I feel relieved that I am not alone in this. I hope that all of us get some relief from our symptons soon!

November 12, 2008 at 11:24 pm
(98) Ms Faith In God says:

I am a 35 yr old female, prior military soldier who was discharged from the Army for medical reasons, when I returned from Iraq, I developed blood clots in my lungs( Pulmonary Embolis) after taking birth control pills to help with my periods, I was diagnosed with endometriosis, fibroid tumors and ovarian cysts. In order to fix the painful heavy bleeding, I had a endometrial Ablasion done last year, (no more bleeding or pain).. so I thought. Back in Sept 08, I was having this stabbing sharp pain, in my lower right side, and no matter what I did it would not
go away. I was rushed to the hospital because of the severity, and it turns out I have what is called-
(Mittelschmerz)Painful Ovulation
between cycles.. but see I don’t have periods any more, and now I am trying to figure out if a women can go through life with just one ovary, without takeing hormone replacements? because a full hysterectomy is not an option I want to take, and it’s my ovary not the restof it. Does anyone have any suggestions?

November 13, 2008 at 2:34 pm
(99) Debi says:

11-13-08, I’m not sure of the dates that anyone left a comment. Thank you all for your stories, it has helped me alot. I’ve had the ovulation pain for about 7 years now. I’ve been dealing with the pain and have told my doctor every year. What I recommend to everyone (if you haven’t had an ultrasound), insist on an ultrasound (last minute) so they can view what is going on DURING the pain. That is my next step. They did an to me a year ago and found cysts and fybroid tumors which they say is ‘normal’. Also called it mittlesmertz (now sure how to spell that). My pain always comes 14 days after the first day of my period. I have my period, mark it on the calendar, then when the pain comes it is always day 14. Track your pain like that so you can tell your doctor, that would only be helpful for those who are just noticing this problem (ovulation pain). I just went to the doctor last month and he gave me his phone number to call him WHEN the pain was happening so he could take a look. The next step may be laproscopic, they go through the belly buttom to take a look at cysts. From what I read above, laproscopic or ultrasounds or hystarectomy or even removal of one cyst has not curred the problem for anyone. I sure hope they find a solution to this. They did recommend the pill but I am almost 40 or the other answer was ADVIL – come on!! I am not taking that for an answer because of the excruitiating pain that I am in every month, I’ve had it with the pain. Like some above, the pain includes tremendous pressure on my bowels and pelvic. Feels like my insides are going to come shooting out! I’ve explained this type pain to my doctor, they don’t seem to take it very serious. I think it is up to me to insist on the next step each time to kill my curiousity and hopefully coming closer to a solution. I want to know if there is something REALLY wrong or if it just a ‘typical’ pain that I have to deal with, fybroid tumors and cysts.
Last thing my doc said “next time you come in when you’re in pain, we’ll do an ultrasound and make sure your ovaries are not all tied in knots.” Oh great, another possiblity. Let’s find the answer doc! So, I will be going back in in about two weeks when I am ovulating for an ultrasound. Like I said, they did an ultrasound a year ago and found cysts, tumor and scar tissue. If you have an ultrasound the next day or two days later, they will see scar tissue, that may also cause pain. My pain only lasts about 4-6 hours usually at night when I am ovulating. I use a hot water bottle and my husband and kids actually pamper me. Not so bad. They do know how sincere my pain is. Hopefully we find an answer soon.
Thanks to everyone for sharing their story. Let’s keep posting, maybe we’ll come up with our own solution! Can we put the date on comments so we know when it was put?
Hope we all feel some relief soon and get answers.


November 13, 2008 at 2:39 pm
(100) Debi says:

It’s me again. I copied and pasted the website above because person #24 suggested it and I was going to comment on that but forgot. She recommended creating a website for ovulation pain support. Great idea, but I do think this site is wonderful for all of us to give stories and support eachother.
Take care,

November 13, 2008 at 2:48 pm
(101) Debi says:

Last comment for now, I promise. I haven’t heard of anyone on here who mentioned soreness. When I am painfully ovulating for 4-6 hours, the next day I feel sore from the pain. Has anyone felt that way?

November 18, 2008 at 5:29 pm
(102) clare says:

Including all the above symptoms, which I seem to get midcycle, I also get extremely emotional, tears on and off for no reason. Almost as if it were PMT which starts a week later! Is this familiar..? I find this almost as distressing as the pain.
I wonder if the problem is related to weakening pelvic floor and the pelvic contents including ovaries, and womb lying lower in the pelvis and with the hormonal change at this time the stretch becomes more painful. We lose muscle strength from aged 30 and I wonder if the girl who had Mittleschmerz in her teens is hypermobile? Just a thought? I’m planning to start pilates and see if that makes a difference. Drinking lots of water helps the constipation, and avoiding windy food .. but I also noticed that these symptoms are worsened at this time.

November 20, 2008 at 4:08 pm
(103) WomanInPain says:

I went to my gyno about painful sex about 3 years ago and he found a large cyst on my right ovary and a smaller one on my left. Put me on b/c and did follow-up ultrasound to make sure they went away, which they did. I went off the b/c after 4-5 months because I don’t like putting any more chemicals in my body than I have to. It does seem that in the last few years, my mid-cycle pain has gotten worse and worse. It usually lasts exactly 4 days, lots of cramps and gas and sometimes gastro upset, my lower abdomen will bloat and my pants be too tight. I gain 2-4lbs of water sometimes up to a week in advance! I also have other symptoms like small zits all over my nose, gums bleeding when i brush my teeth and I used to get a nasty rash and have bad skin sensitivity – ie I couldn’t stand to wear anything but the softest, smoothest fabrics. Even the “pilling” inside old fleece sweatpants would bother me. Finally, I always get very depressed and irritable as well. My doc now has me on b/c again to try to stop ovulation. I’ve tried Yasmin and Reclipsen and one other I forgot the name of and so far nothing has stopped this. Doc told me that everyone’s chemistry is different and it can take months of trying different pills to hit on the one that will work with my body. Said it is not so uncommon for a woman to ovulate while on b/c and that I wasn’t crazy (I was starting to wonder!). So this could go on for a while but I’m trying not to give up hope. Good luck to everyone and if I ever find something that works, I’ll come back and post about it here. btw, I’m 38 with one child, fit and active and have a (mostly) healthy diet.

November 24, 2008 at 10:00 am
(104) Sweet Peach says:

For the past few months I have been having painful ovulation causing pain in both my lower sides. I have been to the ER and luckly the ER doctor happened to be a OB/GYN. He told me that the pain I am having is the eggs passing through the tubes and that taking Motrin may help relieve some of the pain. I am not only having the painful ovulation but painful periods as well. I am going to be scheduling an appointment with my Doc and ask about Endometiosis as I know that can cause the same types of symptoms.

In the past when I have had these painful periods my former doctor put me on birth control. Really didn’t help me much but it could elp somebody else.

Good luck to you all out there.

November 24, 2008 at 3:56 pm
(105) Sharon says:

I’m sorry that I’m happy to find out others have pain severe as mine, but it is a relief to know I’m not alone! I started having mid-cycle pain at the age of 18. Shortly afterwards I started birth control pills which eliminated the pain since I didn’t ovulate. But I’ve been off the pill for almost 19 years now since my last child was born and I’ve had pain every month. I call it “laying an egg”. My pain is not one-sided, although sometimes I may feel a twinge on one side at first. The pain is low and centered and I’ve had the pain when sitting,walking,during bm’s, and during sex, just like so many of you. When it’s bad, there’s no way I’m having sex. The pain lasts about 2 days with usually only 1 day severe. Sometimes I also have severe pressure. I’ve told my husband it feels like my insides are being ripped out. I also have bloating that lasts until my period starts. I take 1 Diurex pill a day from ovulation until my period starts. I also have IBS so I’m not sure when my digestive and bowel symtoms are caused by the IBS or something else. But I’ve recently found a medicine that seems to be working wonderful for the IBS (but that’s another blog!).When I was able to take NSAID’s, such as Motrin, it helped a great deal. But I can’t take them b/c of stomach irritation (I blame Motrin for the IBS.)I also took Vioxx for awhile and it eliminated the pain but caused other scary symtoms – went off it before it was taken off the market. So now I take extra strength Tylenol, which if I take it early enough, takes the edge off and at least I can live my life. I take one every 2-3 hours or so. I also use the ThermaCare heat wraps for this pain and for mentrual pain. I usually have 1 day of severe mentrual pain, also, when my flow is really heavy. The heat wraps usually help alot (except for today – which is how I ended up on this site!). If I can, I’ll just lie down and not move, but that’s not usually an option! I find if I lie down and don’t move much, the pain isn’t nearly as bad, but once I stand up, it starts again. My 21 year old daughter has the mid-cycle pain sometimes, but not as bad. She also has PCOS so she has other symtoms. Doctors have always dismissed me and said the pain is normal. So I’ve just tried to find ways to cope. I’m just hoping menopause will cure it (I’m 44.) But I hope that it doesn’t just bring different problems!

November 24, 2008 at 9:10 pm
(106) Beth says:

It’s amazing that so many otherwise healthy, active women suffer such incredible pain.
I am nearly debilitated with “left ovary area” pain every month for 2 days before my period begins. Multiple ultrasounds and exploratory surgery have found nothing except my old IUD imbedded in by bladder. (We never could figure out where it went!) Umbelievably enough,the removal of that did nothing to stop the pain. I have made several trips to the ER and found that 30mg of IM Toradol helped the most, followed by oral dose of 10mg for a couple of days. Codeine products helped somewhat, but made me very nauseous. My OBGYN had previously suggested a complete hysterectomy (including ovaries) because of my age, 47, but now has balked. I don’t know what he is thinking, and I don’t appreciate the wait and see approach especially when I’m doubled over in pain. My appointments with him never correspond to the episodes of pain, of course, or I might be more insistent about solutions.

November 25, 2008 at 3:44 pm
(107) cpw says:

Ive been suffering from ovulation pain for over 4 years – i think! im 33 and get 5-7 days of constipation and chronic pain which wakes me up in the night and varies from sharp to dull pain. The pain happens at the same time every month and stops as soon as i get my period. I have had two laparoscopies, scans etc etc but gynes and gastros have drawn a blank…im desperate !! can anyone out there advise or help or have the same symptoms atleast? thank you

November 30, 2008 at 6:55 am
(108) madeleine says:

I have had all these symptoms for about 4 years since after my second child.It’s great to know there are so many others with the same problems- I’m fed up of being told I’m a hyperchondriac.It’s taken me ages to realise that the pain corresponds to when I ovulate. Because a lot of my symptoms seem to be gastro( feeling constipated even when I’ve had a BM, really bad gas and bloating) I thought it was IBS or a food intollerance, but no matter what I eat it doesn’t make any difference. I’ve also put on loads of weight and can’t shift it even though I don’t eat much, and am pretty active.I too have had 3 ceasareans and know I have bad adhesions from it, the pain up the backside that feels like a broom I also have and sometimes at my period too. I had this all the way through labour, so I definitely think that is your uterus. My periods are heavier and full of clots too.It’s unbelievable how all of us have the same symtoms when all these things seem unrelated. I kept feeling like I had a urine infection too and the feeling like everything is going to fall out. How can you explain all these different things without sounding like a nutcase ???!!!! I am really worried that none of us has an answer though, the thought of living with this for ever is very depressing:(

December 1, 2008 at 1:22 pm
(109) Woman InPain says:

I was researching this (again) and found some info about pelvic congestion syndrome that sounds a lot like what some women on here have described (pain when sitting, etc). Thought I’d come back and leave a link in case it helps anyone.

if it doesn’t work, just goodle pelvic congestion syndrome.

December 3, 2008 at 12:19 pm
(110) ebk says:

I’ve had one c-section and just went off of the pill in October and experienced, what I know now, to be mid-cycle pain. I had tremendous pressure in my uterus and bowels, I couldn’t stand, sit or walk. The pain was so bad it felt like I just had surgey! I went to my OB and during the exam I was in tears but an ultrasound showed nothing?? My pain lasted a week. I just woke up this morning (10 days into my cycle) and the pain/pressure is back. What do we all have in common?? Previous ab surgeries? If anyone finds any answers please post them. I am trying to get pregnant and am nervous that whatever is going on during my ovulation period might effect my next pregnancy.

December 7, 2008 at 4:49 am
(111) sony says:

it is in a way such a releiving thing to read that so you are not the only one going through this experience but i hope everyone of us feel better to function better for our families. I was researching gall bladder stones and kidney stones cause the pain is only on one side of the body RHS but so many of u are the same so that helps a lot. Thank yyou for posting your situations so detailed some of dont have insurance and dont go to see doc so often so this helped a lot.

December 8, 2008 at 7:35 pm
(112) Only thing that has helped me... says:

Iíve had the same problems for over 10 years. I have endometriosis and was told surgery would lessen my pain, but the only thing it did was make my period lighter for the first three months after surgery. Iíve tried every pill out there and the only thing that I found that helped was to completely change my diet. I switched from being a meat eater to a vegan (except for cheese Ė I love cheese), went mostly gluten-free, and avoided sugar of all kinds (including honey). While this diet killed me the first two weeks I was on it ĖI felt as if I was starving Ė my body eventually adjusted and I found I went from craving sugar on an hourly basis to choosing a piece of fruit over chocolate. It took about two months to feel the effects, but my pain lessened immensely during my period (I went from painkillers for two weeks straight to no pain killers at all) and I hardly had any pain during mid-cycle. On top of it I lost a good 10 lbs without even trying (although I was thin to begin with).

I was on this diet for 6 months and went off of it about two months ago because of the availability of vegan food while traveling. This month I am paying immensely for my animal eating habits. I can hardly move and am kicking myself for straying.

Trust me. Try to rearrange your eating habits so that you mostly eat a vegan diet or at least go vegetarian. It is the only thing that has ever helped me.

December 9, 2008 at 12:08 am
(113) Danni says:

Halfway through my cycle I get an internal pain that goes across my entire lower abdomen. The best way to describe it is that I almost feel bruised from the inside…my abdomen is so tender to the touch. It is a dull, throbbing pain. It started three years ago, the first cycle after I went off the pill, so I know it’s related to ovulation. It is very painful, but I’m afraid to talk to my GYN about it…I’m afraid he’ll think I’m nuts. I have an IUD, but the pain hasn’t worsened at all since I’ve gotten the IUD. It’s pretty much the same.

December 9, 2008 at 11:51 am
(114) Jan says:

Hi Ladies, I am so glad I am not alone! I have the same pain every month,on my left side. I feel bloated, tender and as though I am constipated. Some months it is worst than others. I understand it is Mittleshmertz and have been told that sometimes when an egg is released some blood maybe released as well. This in turn aggravates the nerve endings in this area. If I go on the pill because I don’t ovulate then it stops. It also decreased in pain when I had a mirena coil. So there are options if you are good on the pill?

December 14, 2008 at 2:21 pm
(115) paula says:

i was told i had ovulation pain a week ago so i looked it up on the internet the pain is caused by the bleeding as the egg is relesed from the ovary which is caused the egg not been muture enough to be relesed from the follice so it ruptures out off the ovary which causes the pain and the bleeding also the ovary been to close to abdo wall if the egg is not muture enough i dont think it would be muture enough to be fertilzed so thats maybe why people cant get pregnant i had an miscarrage in november 2005 and eptopic pregnancy in febuary 2006 im starting to think it has some thing to do with this condition as 3 years down the line i cant get pregnant but every one is different this is just my oppinion and other people may still get pregnant even with this its worth looking this info up just type in ovulation pain and something should come up good luck to every woman suffering with this xx

January 13, 2009 at 11:31 am
(116) melinda says:

I’m almost 40 and have had this for a couple of years that I can remember. It’s usually every other month and the side varies. Today is day 14 since my last period and it started yesterday. Like everyone else, I thought I was weird, but no longer! My pain is not debilitating, and I hope it doesn’t get worse. It seems that most of us are in late 30s or early 40s on average. Must be a sign of getting older! The most uncomfortable part for me is the pressure in the rectum and it hurting to BM. Mine lasts about 2-3 days. I usually take pain reliever and it seems to help some. I don’t want to go back on birth control.
My periods too take about 3 days to get a heavy flow. At first I thought they were getting shorter as I got older, now they seem to go on for at least the 7 days. Between the uncomfortable mid-cycle pain and the longer periods, there’s not much time to feel normal. Pre-menopause sucks! I also seem to get more diahrrea during my regular cycle. I hate all of this. I take fiber all of the time, and only have a short period of the month anymore to feel “normal.” I hope it just doesn’t continue to get worse over the next 10 years. I almost hope menopause comes early for me! Take care everyone!

January 16, 2009 at 12:44 pm
(117) Jessica says:

I too have had debilitating right sided ovulatory and menstrual pain for the last three years. I had my left ovary removed when I was nine (20 years ago now). For the last 10 years I have been taking BCP to alleviate the pain which helped up until about three years ago. Even when on the pill I had a series of cysts on my remaining ovary. Four months ago I went off the pills and the pain is so much worse. I was just married and we are going to start trying to conceive. My doctors are in no way helpful. They think it is stress induced. The pain wakes me up at night. Over the counter pain medication provides little to no relief. The pain seems to get worse with any movement. My husband is sick of my complaining, and so am I. Hopefully we will all find relief some day.

January 28, 2009 at 2:14 pm
(118) DM says:

Sorry, have checked the site for awhile — seems to be more and more of us. I’m going to still look into creating a support site. 3am this morning, 8 days after the start of my last period, WHAM. Pain in my right side. Woke me up out of a dead sleep. Thank goodness I had just returned from the US and stocked up on ALLEVE (perscription here in Canada).

Feels like someone kicked me in the stomach with a soccer ball. This crap is for the birds. Take out the works, I say!!! ;-)

January 28, 2009 at 3:58 pm
(119) soxjabtig says:

Hi everyone, is this something that women have lived with over the ages? it beggers belief that we only get told (at a doctors appointment) that it happens.. and if so… any help out there.
Anyway, I’m 29 not had kids but planning on starting a family soon. I see here a lot of people have an issue with the ‘right’ ovary, mines the ‘left’ and hear this-its the only one that’s ever made its presence known. Never have I felt anything from the left. My last period date was the 15th of Jan, I started feeling the pain/pricky like pains from day two into the cycle. Its always been this way though its more prominant around days 8-15, even as I type, I can feel my leg rather tenderish in the upper thigh and down in the bone area (sleeping, I do yoga!) PLEASE when someone has some answers, let all of us know..
I went to my doctor back 6yrs ago or so and was told I had polysistic ovaries and that one of the ovaries was larger than the other due to cysts, have they grown over the years? omg this needs sorting out, I will re-visit. I hope this doesn’t affect future plans on pg. good luck to all :)

January 28, 2009 at 4:05 pm
(120) soxjabtig says:

I meant its the ‘right’ ovary that’s rather dormant..
the left has literally given a jump out of my skin a go!

February 2, 2009 at 1:27 pm
(121) sarah says:

just come off my pill this month half way throuh cycle and have had these horrible pains . feels like i have a water infection and constantly feels like i need bm had it 5 days now thinking about going back on pill . i had these pains around 6 years ago when came off pill to have my second child soon as i fell pregnant they stoped .As i went straight back on the pill after having my daughter i have not had them since . I felt i wanted a break from taking the pill for a while but now i feel i want to go back on . cant cope with this every month i thought that it would stop after my body adjusted but reading all of your comments seems thats not the case . Glad i came across this page though because how do you ever explain how the pain is in your bladder bowels and lower abdomen it even hurts when i wipe my bottom like my stomach wants to fall out tryed to explain to my doctor 6 years ago and i sounded mad didnt seem to know what the problem could be But after reading all your comments they must of heard these symtoms before .Nice to read i am not on my own.

February 7, 2009 at 10:35 pm
(122) Angela says:

After reading everyone else’s comments I decided that I should add one. I am 31 years old and have been constantly sick since I was 18 yrs old. I was diagnosed with,Endometriosis, ovarian entrapment,and endo on the bowels. I have had four laparoscopies, two of those were at the endometriosis care center in Georgia. The doctor there is wonderful, and I always did get better for about a year after the laparoscopy. Now the pain is so severe during ovulation, and during my menstrual cycle. They are now saying that I have interstitual cystitis. I go for testing next week, but I thought I would throw that term out there for anyone that is being told that all symptoms are just caused by the endo itself. The symptoms I have are painful intercourse, diarrhea, vomiting/nausea during ovulation, and frequent urination. It often feels like my bladder is swollen. I’m hoping that I will get a final diagnosis someday soon, as I’m sure everyone else is hoping they do too. Good luck to everyone!

February 11, 2009 at 2:22 pm
(123) Toni says:

Thank goodness for all of you…it’s reassuring to know that there are many of us out there with this condition, but also very sad that we are all suffering for such a long time. My Gp has tried to be helpful but I have not got any further or relief with it. It seems that it’s one of those things that we are expected to put up with. I’m just concerned that it causes so much pain, to the point I pass out and then feel a complete idiot when I come round, especially at work! I work in a hospital which is very embarassing!!!! Hope we get some help very soon. If someone out there has had some relief please tell us.

February 18, 2009 at 6:06 am
(124) Emma says:

I get severe pains in my legs at ovulation and the day before my period. I dont know why this is, but it is so painful I can hardly walk!!

February 22, 2009 at 2:34 am
(125) Bobby says:

I am so relieved to see that I am not alone. I thought something was wrong with me because Mittelschmertz is supposed to last up to 48 hr and this definitely continues beyond that although on and off. Its not easy to maintain composure when you are in complete pain. I had to take a test and I felt so bad I could hardly walk there … pain, nausea and feeling like I need a BM. The worst is it always wakes me up at around 2:30 am and 4 am for atleast 2 nights. My obgyn just thinks I complain too much so I have stopped going. If I am at home I try putting my feet up and it usually helps but it is really hard to start to do it when you are already in pain.

February 24, 2009 at 11:11 pm
(126) Claire says:

I’ve always had really bad ovulation pains and I too got diagnosed with endometriosis 10 years ago after demanding every test/procedure possible. The contraceptive pill ‘yasmin’ helped me with both of these debilitating pains. Now at the age of 29 I have taken myself off the pill as me and my fiance want to start a family but now the endo and ovulation pains have returned. However I do find that NOT eating wheat,gluten,caffeine and alcohol definitely seems to give me some relief. For all you ladies who suffer with any pelvic/abdomen pain that affects your day to day activities get all the tests available. eg smear,ultrasound, laparoscopy and a STD swob. Never let your GP pass you off.

March 5, 2009 at 10:20 am
(127) Laura2 says:

Kelly @ #50…I had to laugh at your broom stick anecdtote. I always told my hubby that it felt like a red hot poker up the backside. Then there are times it feels like everything on the inside is trying to come outside (no prolapse problems though, thankfully). I too like many, have a tipped uterus. I have severe back pain, and the rectal spasms that about send you through the roof. Mind you, I have an EXTREMELY high threshold of pain. I have had 3 large babies, 8.6, 8.13, and 9.2 with no epidural.
This all started about 13 years ago after my youngest was born. I was shopping and all of a sudden I was doubled over with severe cramping. It was during ovulation and I just joked that my fine tuned baby making machine just wanted to be pregnant in the worst way.
It has slowly progressed over the years. Also thankfully no pain with intercourse.
I see a chiropractor for the back pain. I am going to do more research to see if there is anything nonsurgical I can do to work with this “tipped uterus syndrome” as it seems to be. It only makes sense that if it is tipped back it causes the back and rectal pain. Just looked it up: the rectal pain is Proctalgia Fugax. There is plenty of info on the net about it.
BTW, I am 42.
Are you reading this all you GYN’s??? Obviously this is a serious issue affecting women’s health/wellbeing.
Thanks ladies and best wishes to you!

March 16, 2009 at 3:53 pm
(128) angela says:

I have to say that it is a relief I am not nuts. but however although I am now 38 years old I have had this since I was in my early twenties. I have pain every month but every third month it is so bad I feel pain constantly. However, not sure if anyone else feels this, but I am also very amourous at this time, and I always thought it was natures way of letting you know when you were most fertile. I have had two children, really within months of trying for both. Wish there was some cure, I am not after anymore children so might try the pill, but I did not like them last time I tried so hope there are some new ones. My pain is all over, rhs, lhs and the middle of my tummy.

April 2, 2009 at 8:49 am
(129) Monique says:

Same story here.

I have to say that the only remedy for the pain, besides high doses of ibuprofen, is to get seated or lying down and put HEAT on it. I do this with a hot water bottle. If I feel the cramps coming on I get heat on it as quickly as possible, lie still, and within a half hour, I find relief. The key is to not move at all and breath. I hyperventilated once, the pain was so bad, but I have learned to use my breath to massage my cramps. It usually comes back again after this, a few hours later, and so I do the same thing again.

So now, where ever I go, I fill a hot water bottle w/very hot water (not boiling) and wrap it in towels and then if I need it, it’s there. Other heat packs could certainly work too, but I swear by my hot water bottle.

Sometimes, rubbing castor oil lightly on my abdomen and then applying heat also helps.

Good luck all!

April 3, 2009 at 4:34 pm
(130) vasilikiii says:

plse help , if it is all true about everyone and their symptoms, i have been suffering for 3 years day 8-12 bang wakes me from sleep lowest left side ovary site feels also like colon pain radiates to back peaks for 3-10 min and subsides and then strikes again the next day or same evening thanks plse reply
im scared

April 8, 2009 at 1:56 am
(131) patricia says:

uh I feel soooo much better now after reading almost all of the posts here. I’ve been feeling the same thing since yesterday. This is the second time that has happened to me. The first time was 2 years ago to say the least and i was brought to the ER because i was in so much pain. and now its happening again. i was just in bed the entire day yesterday coz of the cramp feeling and i felt like i was constipated and it was a horrible feeling to sum it all up. I was so scared that I may have something serious because i am only on my mid-cycle and i usually have abdominal cramps during the first day of my period. and i didn’t know that there is such a thing called Mid-Cycle/Ovulation pain. Thank you ladies for sharing your stories. It made me feel better knowing i am not alone.

April 9, 2009 at 7:55 pm
(132) beachgrl says:

I am 31 years old and this is my first time dealing with this pain: mittelschmerz. It is unbearable, none that I can compare it to. I feel stabbing pain in my lower abdomen (bottom right, left and center), which is accompanied by gas pains, feeling of constipation, and sharper stabbing pain upon finishing urinating. I can’t say it feels at all like a broomstick nor a UTI, but more so a stabbing in the lowest region of my abdomen. This is the 3rd full day of this pain. I can’t sleep, it hurts to walk, sit, stand and the only relief I get is from a heat pad. I have not yet had children, nor surgeries. I have however had a history (5+ years) of abdominal pain and swelling with a multitude of tests and procedures done, all to come back “normal”, besides being told I am dealing with hypothyroidism, IBS and functional dyspepsia. I wish those of you who are chronically dealing with this much success in your future wellbeing.

April 13, 2009 at 4:28 am
(133) Elly says:

Thank god..i am so relieved that i am not the only one suffering from this pain.i thought i was nuts!! :) i have been suffering from this pain for almost 10 years now..went to several gynae and none seems to know the real reason. my pain will occur during the 10th day after my period starts.i was given Synflex during each visit.i have been trying to conceive a baby for almost 3 years.i wonder if this pain could affect my infertility..

April 16, 2009 at 7:00 pm
(134) Samantha says:

i have the same symptoms and i looked up articles on something called mittelschmerz. it sounds like it exactly. good news is, is that it isn’t serious.

April 19, 2009 at 8:37 am
(135) Georganne says:

I have had this same pain for twelve years but it has progressively gotten worse with age and children. I could deal with it before having children, but after my third the pain lasted for 5 days where I had pain sitting, walking, standing up straight, with a BM… the whole thing. I have had two laparascopies, pelvic ultrasounds, the works and each doctor says all is clear!! Most recently I read about pudendal nerve neuralgia that has similar symptoms. My main concern is that I have been on birth-control pills to stop the ovulation and it really does work. However, I am nearing 40 and am less comfortable taking the pill especially since my husband had a vastectomy!!! Anyone know another way to stop ovulation?

April 29, 2009 at 10:22 am
(136) Kim T. says:

4/29/09–Hi everyone. I’m glad to see I’m not alone in this. It’s sad, though, that there are so many of us complaining about the same problems that can’t seem to get resolved. I’m 46 and have been experiencing this for years. Last night was the worst. Out of no where, lying in bed reading, my belly swelled up like I had a hard bowling ball inside. Unbelievable pain! The spasm lasted about 1 1/2 hours but now experiencing a dull ache lower right side (by ovary?) The only relief for the spasm was to push really hard just under my belly button area. Some of you briefly mention bloating–but I didn’t see any postings about an immediate onset 6 month pregnancy like bloat/spasm. Do any of you experience this? It almost felt like my bladder might be in a spasm–but that is just a guess.

I have IBS–so I am used to gas pain/bloating–intestinal stuff. This was not gas pain. I am on Day 16 of my cycle now. Typically, I experience the same broom stick pains as you have all discussed (fun, aren’t they?!) along with heavier (clots) period but shorter duration. Oh, can’t forget the overwhelming feeling that everything on the inside wants to explode with pressure–sometimes I wonder if a few hours of really good sex might make the pressure go away…. Anyways, I am just wondering if there isn’t some link between our ovaries swelling up with fluid/blood or whatever, and then pressing on the surrounding areas–back nerves, bladder, rectum, etc. I HATE THIS!! I’ve been to see the ob/gyn, the urologist, the gastro doc–all coming up with nothing. Had many years of infertility issues–miscarried four times and have two wonderful boys–ended up having to take progesterone suppositories to maintain the pregnancies. Someone else had discussed hormone imbalance between progesterone and esterogen. I’m wondering now if because I needed progesterone to keep the pregnancies and that worked, that maybe we are all lacking in progesterone and by taking it now, it might help our mid cycle problems. Any feed back? Thank you!

May 11, 2009 at 2:30 am
(137) Clare says:

Thank you everyone for leaving ur coments, i am so greatful for ur stories and ur tips, this is the frist time that this happen to me i am only 20years old and it scared the life out of me,i already get realy painfull peroids and i went off the pill 3 months ago to give my body a break, but this has started last friday, it got that bad that my boyfriend took me to the a&e in saturday morning they just told me that it was Mid-Cycle/Ovulation pain, they didnt explain it at all, (thats male doc’s for you >:( ) finaly it has started to ease today,do they come every month?? will they go away again if i start taking the pill again??? thank u every one for lettin me know that im not on my own, i have never heard of this happen to any one before, xx

May 11, 2009 at 5:09 pm
(138) Simone J says:

well ladies I had a tubal in sept.92, and Ive experienced this pain ever since then. had 2 bo/gyns tell me they couldnt fing anaything! So requested to see a specialist, low and behold his wife has the same problem..he explained that because my tubes are tied that my eggs cant flow out so they just bump into the wall of my fallopian tubes until the burst and he gave me bith control pills they work because they stop you from ovulating, just gained too much weight from them. The thing I hate is that it feels like im having labor pains and im about to have a baby out of my rectum!! Oh the agony of being a WOMEN! I hope ive helped in some way with this info..oh yeah crush up a tylenol 3 and put it in some coffee or tea and in 5min the pain starts to fade away make sure the beverage is hot to dissolve the crush pill though.

May 22, 2009 at 4:49 pm
(139) shainah says:

I was pregnant on 18 wks and after a scanning, the doctor discovered that the right lung of my baby has got fluid, and the kidneys are dilated, so I was asked to take a decision wether I should keep the baby or not as it was risky to keep the baby so long in the womb. Finally, I had an abortion as I know the baby will die in my womb.

May 23, 2009 at 5:30 am
(140) Carla says:

MAN…what a group WE are! As everyone says, sorry to be happy to have found you all. Well I haven’t slept a wink and its about 4:30 am…guess why!
Here’s my history, and would be interested in anyone’s thoughts.
Diagnosed with mittelschmerz in my mid 20s. Had a daughter vaginally about 2 yrs prior. All went nicely. The way I described it to my GYN is “I feel like someone is sticking a knife up me (both orifices BTW)…all I can do is curl up on the bed and shout at the walls (because c’mon ladies…do any of us really get any sympathy? “so what, what’s a little cramp”). I told her if there were a fire in the house I would NOT be able to get up, and I meant it.
So she puts me on the pill and voila, they’re gone.
Then I hit mid 30s and decide to go off the pill (smoker) and get a tubal. She told me periods may get worse (as mine were always heavy) and she was correct. BUT I had forgotten about the mittelschmerz! It took about a year for it to start up again and up until RIGHT NOW, they have been only once in 3 or 4 cycles and very mild in comparison. Well i’ll be darned…back with a vengeance. And really, there’s no pain quite like it in my experience so I am pretty convinced thats it. Plus I had a pelvic exam about 2 months ago and was fine.

SO: Here’s the questions!

1. I HAVE MY PERIOD! This has only ever happened mid cycle. (happened to some of you?)BUT…
2. I am 43 and my mother started perimenopause at 45. Doc and I for many reasons are believing I am beginning. My periods are completely erratic. Heavy. Painful. Has p-m brought any mittelschmerz on for any of you during NOT mid cycle times?

and one more! This was news to me but I think I saw something on here about a tipped uterus. I have a tipped cervix. Do any of you? IU wonder if that plays a role?

Well best of luck to us all, right? Thanks in advance for any comments.

May 24, 2009 at 8:11 am
(141) Kim T. says:

My mittelschmerz problems start the day of ovulation and last until the day I get my period. I am beginning to think that this is all related to too many eggs breaking through the ovaries, or having cysts on the ovaries that make it difficult for the eggs to break through, and then having fluid/blood leading when they rupture. ISN’T THERE AN OB OUT THERE READING THESE POSTS??? CAN’T ANY DOCTOR SHED SOME LIGHT ON THIS??? I am lost in a shuffle between my OB/GYN and gastro doc. Any help would be appreciated!

June 4, 2009 at 12:03 pm
(142) bessie says:

if vasilkii is out there i have the same thing can i email you thanks

June 4, 2009 at 12:08 pm
(143) bess says:

regarding comment vasilikiii # 130 plse help me also i have the same thing bang wakes me and continues for about 2-5 nights, and than i have ache until my period seems to be colon or bowel ache plse help can someone answer and shed some light thanks bess

June 4, 2009 at 7:40 pm
(144) bessie says:

regarding comment vasilikiii # 130 plse help me also i have the same thing bang wakes me and continues for about 2-5 nights, and than i have ache until my period seems to be colon or bowel ache plse help can someone answer and shed some light thanks bess

June 4, 2009 at 7:41 pm
(145) bessie says:

plse help , if it is all true about everyone and their symptoms, i have been suffering for 3 years day 8-12 bang wakes me from sleep lowest left side ovary site feels also like colon pain radiates to back peaks for 3-10 min and subsides and then strikes again the next day or same evening thanks plse reply
im scared

June 6, 2009 at 11:29 pm
(146) Meghan says:

So, after reading all of these I was very close to not leaving a comment because what everyone pretty much sums it up for me. I to was happy to have found this site and know that im not alone. I am 29 years old, no children, and clean pap tests always. I have told my doctor about this and she is insisting I start birth control. I really dont want to be on the pill for a variety of reasons. then she tells me to take motrin… gee, hadnt thought of that. I can take 4 motrin and the pain is there in 20 min. there is no pain pill that controls this, no heating pad that is hot enough to help. just 3-6 days of pure hell. Although I have never had a child, I would almost want to discribe them as contractions. I can feel the pain starting to come then it progressivly gets worse and worse until it peaks and then goes down in waves. about every hour and a half for 10-15 min. It wakes me out of a dead sleep several times a night. just last night, I took 7 boiling hot showers between midnight abd ten am. I almost have to make the water so hot that it hurts because i need attention off the pain. Nobody that i have spoken to has ever had this and has no clue what i am talking about. Its horrible. Also during this time, my breasts hurt so bad that i have to wear a bra at all times; even to bed. there has to be something besides the pill that can help. i truly feel for each and every one of you… I feel your pain

Your Cramp Sister :(

June 7, 2009 at 3:31 am
(147) Seline says:

Woke up in the middle of the night with awful right side pain. It has been going on since day 9 and now it is 15. I really thought it was appendicitis until my nipples started hurting like crazy and I have been nauseated like I’m pregnant. I definately know I am not pregnant, but if I didnt know better I would think I was. So glad to have found this site. This is the first month I have had this, have always been extremely regular with normal PMS symptoms, never like this. I was starting to think that I had cancer or something scary like that. Our 11 year old daughter has been acting moody for about 6 months now and seems close to starting her period. Can her increased hormones somehow mess up mine?

June 8, 2009 at 11:40 am
(148) Kathy says:

Thanks for all the wonderful comments. Someone asked about swollen glands in the groin area during mid-cycle pain – YES, I have noticed that each time I have the terrible mid-cycle pain and bloating. Has anyone had an MRI to explore this further?

June 10, 2009 at 9:55 pm
(149) Dawn says:

Hi ladies. We are not crazy and we have real pain. My complaint in the mid cycle rectal pain with associated ovulation pain, bloating. I have a few theories. I have a tilted uterus, had and could have endometriosis, since the cervix changes position during this time the adhesions (which can also be cyst, fibroids) press on the rectal wall. Also I have thought about the chances of internal hemerroids being pressed agains. Dont know if I have them, but it is a theory. My OB/GYN feels that when ovulation occurs the fluid cause irritation. I dont think that irritation from fluid can cause such pain like this. I do have a 5yr and 3 yr old. Fertility problems for many, many years prior to their birth. In addition, no pain during pregnancy or nursing. No ovulation no pain.

June 17, 2009 at 1:34 am
(150) Skelley says:

I am shocked – these comments started in 2007 and go all the way through this week. I had an IDU removed last August. Then earlier this year started trying to have another baby – I would have all of these (your) symptoms and think thats it I’m pregnant. This is crap and there’s nothing they can do about it…..Has anyone had issues conceiving because of this? Is if affecting ovulation or becoming pregnant?

June 19, 2009 at 2:22 am
(151) Rachel says:

I felt pain like this for the first time today!!! I am only 17 years old and I’m about 16 days after the starting of my cycle. I sware if this is ovulation pain and I have to go through this until I reach menopause I think I am going to die!!!

June 21, 2009 at 11:29 am
(152) justfeelgood says:

Ladies, This sounds like hormone imbalance and believe it or not nutrition can help. are any of you on a low fat diet? I had those pains when I was 20 (now 35) and on a very low fat diet. I do have some mild pain for about a week starting at ovulation, but nothing as severe as I did when I was 20. Try Cod Liver oil. a couple of teaspoons daily for the vitamin A. Also look into the Weston a Price foundation which warns against soy estrogens and degeneration of health b/c of processed foods. Makes sense to me. Doctors never know when it comes to chronic illness and lifestyle and nutrition related pain and problems. Go natural. Find a holistic person.Change your diet. Eat your eggs with the freakin’ yolk for God’s Sake. Have a little bit of butter. Nourish with natural animal fats.

June 21, 2009 at 12:40 pm
(153) bessie says:

hi ladies, me again well here i am day 12 of cycle and here goes the pain, radiating a bit to my knee, and very gassy bowel movements(sorry for the graphics) this again has been since august 2006 until now 2009 , stating to think it might me cancer plse comment, thanks

June 21, 2009 at 1:17 pm
(154) mary says:

i’ve complained about back pain and other pains for years, only to be told take some nsaids, go to psychiatrist for any sexual pain (they never checked anything). last year i ended up in the er, thought i had appendicitis. gosh, ovarian cysts. go home with heating pad and pills. i asked again this year, have severe endometriosis. they wanted to take everything out, but it’s been years of pain already, and i am so tired of having been ignored, now i know i can live with pain so now the doctor is annoyed that i said just leave it all in there. she didn’t want to hear conservative surgery because of my age.
does anyone else really hate their doctors? i think they are all just cruel sobs.

June 21, 2009 at 7:25 pm
(155) bessie says:

re mary, hi i feel for you i know wht your going through, is your pain everyday? or at certain days of the month? thanks

June 29, 2009 at 6:43 pm
(156) Angela says:

I’m 45 and I have been having severe pain on my left side every month. It is so bad I have to lay down and apply a heating pad and alternate advil and tylenol for any relief. I had the lining of my uterus burned last year because of heavy irregular periods. The OB/GYN wanted to do a partial hysterectomy but that sounded so extreme. I would still have my ovaries anyway, and thats where the pain is. I wonder if this is part of menopause. Well I hope there is something that can be done to subside the pain. I’m going to make an appointment and hope to hear some other answer besides surgery.. I hope it gets better ladies :)

June 30, 2009 at 2:15 pm
(157) Donna says:

I’ve been to several doctors with all the above complaints. maybe BCP will help, maybe endo ablation will help, maybe…THEY DON”T HAVE A CLUE. Interesting, I also have a tilted uterus. I am pretty convinced it’s hormonal related as my pain occurs at ovulation and continues till the body tells itself it’s not prego so start the shedding process. (following the progesterone surge) I don’t know if this means too high or too low of levels. My pain also feels like it’s in my bladder, and the bladder walls can build up just like the uterus. I’d love to find a doc that believes this pain is real.

July 9, 2009 at 4:03 pm
(158) Amber says:

Wow! I feel for all of you! In 2001 after i had my daughter i started getting pains in my right side, especially during the cycle. I went two years ago for a laparoscopy… We found out i have a severe abdominal adhesion. After i had my daughter c-section, my uterus adhered itself to my abdomen down by my cesearean scar. You can only imagine that once a month when the uterus contracts and this and that what happens! I woke up in such pain the other night i was throwing up…. their suggestion was for me to get a hysterectomy, let me tell ya with this pain i am on the verge! I hate that there are other women out there with this type problem i certainly wouldn’t wish this on anyone! Make sure you don’t take i don’t know for an answer from your doctors!

July 10, 2009 at 11:34 pm
(159) Kathy says:

Discovering the rest of you has been such a blessing! I’ve only been suffering with my symptoms for 8 months. Like so many of you, I have: severe ovary pain (both sides), abdominal pain, terrible bowel problems, constipation, sharp rectal pain, lower back pain, hip pain, shooting leg pains, bloating, gas, feeling sick, weight gain. The difference for me is that my pain and symptoms never stop! After reading how long some of you have had these issues, I’m now petrified because the thought of dealing with this 24-hours a day for the next many years of my life is upsetting. I’m on birth control…no help there. I’ve had no kids, no cysts, no pelvic surgeries. I eat vegetables all the time…and have a very good diet. I only wish mine gave me a break like some of the rest of yours. Thank you for leaving your comments and tips on this site. Though there seems to be no obvious cure, it is far better to know that there are others who truly understand my pain!

July 13, 2009 at 6:37 pm
(160) Destine says:

I too have suffered with this problem going on five years nows. My pain got alot worse this last year, which lead me to find an answer. Why I haven’t found an answer I found relief, My doctor prescribed provera 5mg every day, no more pain however I have gain about 25 lbs in the last 4 months. My DR swithced me to Aygestin which also stopped the pain but I am up about 5 lbs this month already. So now I am looking for relief without the weight gain

July 15, 2009 at 10:23 am
(161) Rachael says:

Wow, I can’t believe so many women are having this problem. After searching around a lot on the internet and finding no answers, it is a (sad but helpful) relief to come here and see others having the same symptoms as me.
I am 28 years old. No children, no surgeries. Normal periods, normal paps.
My pain has been coming every month during ovulation for the past 8 months. I just had it again today, worse than ever before, which I didn’t think was possible since it has been HORRIBLE the past 8 months.
Here’s what happned today and has been happening every month during day 11-14 of my cycle:
1) Started having the pains in my sleep, in the morning. Woke up to a wave of pain. Straight in the middle of the lower abdomen. Feels like something is poking me from the inside. No Change in position helps it stop, putting pressure on the pubic line gives a little tiny relief but not at all. The pain is so bad I’m writhing in bed, whimpering, sweating and feeling like I’m going to die from the pain.
2) After about 4 minutes of this ‘contraction’, the pain subsides and theres a dull poking feeling.
3) About 30 minutes later I have to have my morning BM. I go to the toilet and as soon as things start to ‘move’, the pain came back HORRIBLY. I was screaming and sweating hard, I seriously thought I was going to give birth to an evil alien baby. 8-10 minutes of this horrible disabling pain. Lay on my back with my legs pulled back and try to breath through it but seriously I can’t even describe how much pain I was in.
3) Another weird thing that happened this morning that hasn’t happened the other times was that as soon as the 2nd wave of pain had passed I noticed that my panties were all wet with normal vaginal discharge… the kind you get when having intercourse… so weird :\

I definitley also feel the ‘broom’ thing, and can’t sit straight up, need to sit to one side, and sit down SLOWLY.

I can deal with this in between, broom/poking pain, but the waves of contractions are going to kill me.

Here’s what I’ve gotten from doctors.

1) Went to OBGYN. He did an exam where he put his fingers up behind my uterus (he called it the ‘cul de sac’) and gently pushed. The pain it caused made me push back off the stirrups and be instantly in tears. He sent me home with a brochure on endometriosis.

2) Went to a different OBGYN (nurse practitioner) She said she didn’t know what was wrong, and if it was endometriosis that I would have the severe pain during my PERIOD, not ovulation… but I’ve read symptoms of endo can range so much, so that didnt make sense. She suggested bladder spasms, and set me up to have a pelvic ultrasound. Bladder spasms?? Why during ovulation? Why the pain when the other doctor pushed on my uterus? So lame, it’s like they don’t even listen to you.
Hope this helps someone identify with symptoms, I know it helps to not feel alone in this.

July 20, 2009 at 6:51 pm
(162) BESSIE says:


July 21, 2009 at 9:40 pm
(163) rachael says:

Oh Bessie, I’m so sorry :( :( I really hope we can all find a solution to this problem, it is so painful and seems like something is so wrong with our bodies.. I am going to the doctor again tomorrow to have a pelvic ultrasound. I will tell you what she says. Hopefully they don’t try to just write it off and put me on birth control…

July 23, 2009 at 12:34 am
(164) bessie says:

re rachael, hi, im so glad you saw my post, i also had an ultrasound 2006, clear, 2007, clear ovaries but 2 small intramural fibroids(less tha a 1cm) 2009, same fibroids ( same size)but a simple cyst on right ovary, which was 3 years after the onset of my pain in which is on the left side always and that the fibroids should not be thae pain source as per the doctor.. as i mentioned my pain and waves of pain are exactly as yours and are now up to 8-12 min long between contractions( as i hate to call it as well) ,

im so scared it might be something slowly killing me , by the way do you have any tightness in your left flank hip area? and radiating to the thigh, thats my new symptoms after about the 2 year mark,, plse reply and let me know i would appreciate it ps i have no children yet, so i feel very scared for fertiltity as well.. thanks again

July 23, 2009 at 7:52 pm
(165) BESSIE says:


July 24, 2009 at 1:25 pm
(166) Donna says:

I have bad pains every month, about day 14 and they last for about 3-4 days. I cannot have sex during this time as it is too painful, find it painful to go to the loo, sit down and walk…but we went on holiday 2 weeks ago and I didn’t want a period while I was away..I am on the mini pill! So wrongly or rightly I took my daughters full contraceptive pill to stop them, came home, stopped the pills and had my period. I had no ovulation pain while I was away or even before my period started! I know I cannot take the full pill long term because I am over 40 and will not do so, but it was bliss not having the pain, especially while on holiday. So maybe the contraceptive pill will work for some of you out there…who can take it!

July 24, 2009 at 1:58 pm
(167) Donna says:

I will however be visiting my Doc next week to see if I can try what Destine is taking!

July 27, 2009 at 9:34 pm
(168) rachael says:

Hi all. So I had my ultrasound. The ultrasound technician found a cyst the side of a grape on my left ovary. I’m not sure if this is what’s causing my pain though, as my pain is always smack dab in the middle. So, I’ll be going back to the doctor to go over my ultrasound results and will post something more then.

July 29, 2009 at 9:40 am
(169) Donna from Michigan says:

Over the last few years I have found a few things that really help. My pain is mid cycle, lasts about 6-7 days, in the middle of my abdomen, and sometimes radiates to my hips and thighs.

I am convinced the pain is bladder spasms even though it follows my menstual cycle. As I mentioned in an earlier post, the bladder walls thicken just like the uterus in mid cycle.

During mid cycle, I knew I would be in pain after I went pee or in the middle of the night so I tended to wait as long as I could. NOT ANYMORE! Now I pee frequently. This REALLY cuts down on pain. I think the pain starts when the bladder walls start to stretch. Don’t get me wrong, I still have pain but it only lasts 5 minutes or so now.

If I still have pain I can make it go away pretty quickly if I do crunches making sure I’m squeezing the bladder area. I think this is similar to when the nurses push on your uterus to shrink it after having a baby.

Anyway, I hope this helps somebody. Remember…do NOT let your bladder get too full during mid cycle.

July 31, 2009 at 8:20 am
(170) Kim T. says:

Hi ladies. Not that this is a total solution–but it may help some of you. I, too, believe this is related to bladder spasms during ovulation. My gastro doctor gave me a prescription for dicyclomine (Bentyl), which is an anti-spasmotic (sp?) Usually it is recommended for IBS/colon spasms, but the last “go around” prompted me to begin using it during ovulation. I take it 3x/day, starting one day before my typical ovulation problems begin and continue it for a few days. Knock on wood, it seems to be working. Good luck!

August 2, 2009 at 9:53 pm
(171) Sharon says:

I had this years ago and it went away, now it is back with a vengeance, I am 46 and can’t walk and am in so much pain I want to die! The gyn told me it was hormones!!! OK, what about the left side, I never have the pain/pressure that goes down into my anal area on the right side in my left side, so how can it be hormones. Had a sonogram and they found fibroids in my uterus and did nothing about it. Had my right tube removed in 1987 due to an ectopic, hmm. But here is the clincher, this month i was in so much pain I had to hold my side and laid in bed and could not sleep and my menstruel bleeding was very heavy, larger blood clots, last month which hasn’t happened for a long time, I did not have this pain at all and my period was very light to normal, and no pms. Maybe it is hormones from the progestetrone that the ovary makes when the egg pop outs, thats what the dr told me that the hole that the egg comes out of produces the progesterone. Go figure!

August 3, 2009 at 5:36 pm
(172) laila says:

i am having the same lower abdominal pain like something wanted to come out,i am also having problem to pass stool,its related with dates of cycle ,i am in fertility patient for 9 years,diagnosed with multipal fiboriods.had mymactomy done last month one fiborid is removed,and 2 other are still there .my question is if any one knows tht pain killer i am taking on my 12 or 13 day for this pain will affect my ovulation,or can i become pregnant while taking painkillers tht time of ovulation regularly every month painkillers for this pls respond

August 5, 2009 at 3:09 am
(173) Jackie says:

Have the same thing and doctor told me that its Mittelschmerz, only some woman have it but it can be really terrible.

August 7, 2009 at 11:57 pm
(174) Trish says:

So I am not the only one…It gives me some peace. Ditto on so many of those exact symptoms that are described in detail…Interesting – I have a tilted uterus too…hmmm. I am 40, have given birth to 3 children, no miscarriages or fertility problems. Started having this ovulation pain after my 2nd child was born (vaginal birth). BCP’s did stop the pain completely – Desogen was the one I took. I didn’t start taking it though until I stopped breastfeeding – which was about 2 1/2 years later. Now, after my 3rd child (1st c-section), the ovulation pain has come back. I am going to start on the mini-pill next month (15 months postpartum and still breastfeeding). I am 40 years old. The pain lasts for 3-6 days. Feels like a bruise – extremely tender if anyone touches it or even breaths on the area!! Is dull, constant, burning like pain. Only lets up if I lie down and put heat packs on. Ibuprofen / Aleve / Tylenol did NOTHING to ease the pain – so a couple months ago I found some leftover Oxycodone 5mg in the cabinet and took 1/2 pill – and the pain completely went away. I don’t want to get addicted however, and I only have 5 pills total. Also, I know this is not treating the root cause, only the symptoms.

I’m seeing a Women’s Specialist next week…ARNP in Gig Harbor. I have talked to my OB / GYN, a PA, and naturopath and none of them know what is causing it – only guesses. I did have an ultrasound a few years ago and it showed nothing. When I had my c-section last year, the doctor said she saw a big fibroid on my uterus (too bad she didn’t remove it while in there, but she was just trying to get the baby out and the torn placenta removed before I bled to death).

Not fun…dealing with these female issues!!

August 10, 2009 at 2:13 pm
(175) ebk says:

I left a posting on this site back in December 2008 and wanted to update that I did not have any problems getting pregnant, even with all of the mid-cycle problems. I am having another c-section in about 5 weeks, so the doctor will be able to go in and see exactly what is going on. I will re-post if they find the source of the pain and rectal pressure. Hopefully, it will bring some answers.

August 11, 2009 at 7:40 pm
(176) sore says:

wow- I have been experiencing this for 30 years now. The pain is always high my right side- sometimes it lasts for 8 hours, sometimes for 5 days and sometimes it leaves a lingering pain throughout the whole cycle. Sometimes it is so bad I can’t urinate or walk. It hurts to drive– it is hard to move the leg from the gas to the brake. At work I have shut my office door, laid on the floor and cried. I have stopped asking doctors. I have been laughed at, told that some women have minor ovulation pain but it never severe (I guess they have not felt this), told it was abdominal because I have the pain at the top of my hip- even though I told him it came every month. Once had an ultrasound and there was a 6 cm cyst. Another time I was having a cat-scan for another problem and they found a 4 cm cyst on my left ovary– but pain is on the right side.

I wish I knew why. But I am holding out for menopause– it can’t be long now. Wish you all the best.
I just wish they would take this issue seriously.

August 11, 2009 at 10:37 pm
(177) Kim says:

Hi everyone, first of all I am so sorry to all of you that are experiencing these pains, and some of you for so many Years WOW!
My symptoms are as follows: abdominal pain during ovulation (3-5 days) very debilitating (sitting, standing walking driving, getting up and down from chairs, in and out of cars, heck even laughing hurts), intense rectal pressure/stabbing pain (sometimes 3-5 days, sometimes short bouts of 30-45 minutes but more severe so would rather have the 3-5 day bouts), frequent urnination and urgency, and painful intercourse. My pain started about a year ago after being off the pill for about a year, year and a half. It was dominate on my right in the begining however seemed to change from month to month except for the fact that it was almost exactly 14 days after the last day of my period (took me awhile to discover the pattern). During the first six months of pain I had been to the ER at least once of month, and to my family doctor. I had one ultrasound one month showing two cysts (which they believed was causing the pain)one under 2cm and one just over 2cm but the next month they were gone (they assumed they ruptured which caused the pain also). The next month I went back to my family doctor I was told that I may have IBS and they put me on meds (sorry can’t remember the name)didn’t work anyways! Finally they tried putting me on the pill again to eliminate my periods – NOT SO MUCH the pill does not work for me I bled for a few months straight, I was also told that I have a tilted uterus. Finally I was referred to a specialists about three months ago who preformed a laproscopy, hysterscopy and a D&C, they found endo on my uterus and removed it. They told me to wait 6 months to a year to see how the pain comes back, to what degree and then we would discuss treatment options. Exactly two months after my surgery my pain was back. This was about Two weeks ago. So I went back to my family doctor who is now sending me for a colonoscopy, cystoscopy, and lots of blood work ( I am actually travelling over 2000 miles for this as its a year wait where i live). They are wanting to determine that there isn’t something else wrong, and also look for endo on the inside of my colon and bladder etc. I have read though the Laproscopy would have identified this as they see the outside of the bladder and the colon so I feel like this is just going to be another dead end. If all this new testing turns up negative I am going to ask for a second opion from a Gyno, I find it all very consuming counting the days till your next back or waiting for the unexpected is a terrible way to be but every day I am fearful for it to come back…
I have tried pain relief advil, ibuprofen etc. and it doesn’t help, I do find that heat is temporarily comforting.

I just wanted to post and express myself to people that understand. I feel like a broken record, some people really just don’t understand how painful this is although we’re all suffering it’s nice to be able to discuss with those that can relate.
If anyone finds anything that works I would love to try, or if anyone has a great doctor that they would refer (I’m in Canada but willing to travel) I would love an email or I will keep checking posts.
Thank you to everyone that commented if anything comes to light for me I will be sure to let you all know-

August 12, 2009 at 3:12 pm
(178) Debbie says:

Nice to hear we are not alone!! I woke this morning to a terrible pain in my right abdomen. I am in menopause, or had been. I haven’t had a period in over 18 months, last month had 2…whats up with that. Now, 2 weeks later, pain in my abdomen, I am thinking it is a result of my periods starting again. Muscle relaxer and heating pad worked great to help the pain. I am 45 and started peri menopause in my late 30′s and never had any surgeries. Thanks for listening.

August 14, 2009 at 6:52 pm
(179) rachael says:

So, here’s a small update, I figure whatever I find out I will post, even though it’s not ‘diagnosed’ yet, just to help those who are also trying to figure this out.

Again, I’m 28, no chilren/surgeries, normal periods, but severe waves of 5-10 minute ‘contractions’ during ovulation. Pain is directly in the middle of pelvic area, above pubic line.

I went for my ultrasound a few weeks ago, as I mentioned. They found a grape sized cyst on my left ovary. In reviewing the ultrasound, the OBGYN said it could be causing the pain.. though I can’t see how as my pain is not on my left side. She wants me to go back in for another ultrasound right after my next period so they can see if the cyst is edometriotic (blood filled) or otherwise.

Had the pain again last night. Woke me from my sleep at 1:30am. Went to the emergency room for a pain shot. Helped a little, but I think for some reason the pain wasn’t as extreme this month anyways.

Still have this thing about bladder spasms in the back of my mind… trying to research it and any possible relations to ovulation and bladder spasms, maybe adhesions on the bladder causing spasms?? Or leaking fluid from the cyst causing spasms?? Just so weird that my pain is right smack in the middle, not on either side.

Thanks to everyone who is keeping us updated on their progress as well. Hope this is helpful to some of you.

Will update again after the next ultrasound..

August 26, 2009 at 1:46 am
(180) Dawn says:

Thank you! I am so glad to find other women with these issues. I am 30 and had my son by C-Section in 2007 because in Canada Drs won’t deliver a breech baby but then they labelled my c-section as “elective”. Anyway, I had a horrible reaction to the stitches and a month afterwards my whole incision turned into an abcess and I had to have it drained. My period came back 3 weeks later, so DH and I waited until 6 months after that to start trying for our next child. We had two miscarriages and then nothing, and the pain started a few months later (about 10 months after my son was born- funny how it always seems to be about a 9-12 months time frame for the pain after birth or going off pills??!!) Anyway, it is all the symptoms described here- severe ovary pain (both sides), abdominal pain, terrible bowel problems, constipation alternating with diarhea, sharp rectal pain, lower back pain, hip pain, shooting leg pains, bloating, gas, feeling sick, weight gain, vaginal pain, and pain during sex. AND, IT HAS AFFECTED OUR FERTILITY. Our last miscarriage was over a year ago and in spite of BBT and mucus and OPK and everything, I can’t even get my period to be a day late. All this pain and no way to get another bun n the oven. It took me six months to convince my GP that something was wrong, and he wanted to give me a talk about “other ways to be intimate with my partner”. After another 3 months of me insisting on blood tests and physicals and ultrasounds (which all show nothing unusual, no cysts, squat!) I finally got a referral to an Obgyn, who thinks it’s scar tissue from the c-section, but I can’t get in for a lap because get this- it’s considered an ELECTIVE procedure- so I keep getting bumped for cancer patients and menopausal patients and hysterectomies and god knows who else. Why? because I am otherwise healthy, and “only 30″, so I am lowest priority because “pain can be managed” and if needs be, there are “other reproductive options available to me”. Never mind that my mum had endo so bad they wanted to take all her innards out at 40, and endo is genetic. That being said, my Dr won’t prescribe me T3s because he figures regular Tylenol/Advil should cut it. I also don’t get any sympathy on the fertility front, because people make comments like, “Well, just be happy you have one. Some people don’t even get that,” or “Why do you want a second one? Just go back on the pill or get the Depo shots and shut your cycle off- that will solve the problem” (aside, apparently, from the painful sex life). I will let you know what the results of my lap are, but my options in Canada are pretty limited for Private, and I am waitlisted for them too because I already have the one kid. I feel so caught between a rock and a hard place and I just want to stop the pain and have another child. If I can just get a second one in and out, I’m definitely shutting it off- depo or a full oosalpingohysterectomy or whatever… any tips on turning the cycle off? thanks for letting me vent.

September 4, 2009 at 8:47 am
(181) Ellen says:

Talk about deja vu! I am 51 and have been self-diagnosing myself for the past 24 hours and then it hit me! This is the ovulatory pain I had so frequently in my late 30′s and early 40′s (when I had to go off the pill because I was a smoker). I guess due to hypothyroid issues, I stopped ovulating and now that they finally got my thyroid squared away, here I go again.

You know, it’s a catch 22. Not having the thyroid in working order wrecked 4 years of my life and if I’m correct about this being ovulatory pain, it’s 36 hours of pain. I have no choice but to handle it as best I can. I already went through the normal reflexes: “I’m constipated” or “OMG, something is wrong w/ my ability to go to the bathroom” and I loaded up on anti-gas and stool softeners. Then it hit me, lol. I’m going to wait it out, becaue going to the ER (or even the doctor at my age) creates a major witch hunt). But darn, I forgot just how painful this is! Once in a while isn’t bad, but I remember how awful it was to experience every month.

DAWN FROM CANADA: Your story is frightening! And, I beg you to share your story everywhere there is a debate on US healthcare. While I agree reform is necessary, I fear many have no idea what is in store for us in the US with a government run option. The idea that your condition is treatable w/ pain meds (and not the benefite of narcotics) is absurd. And while you are getting bumped because “you are young,” imagine the fear of not being treated because you are suddenly “old” by someone else’s standards.

September 9, 2009 at 12:24 pm
(182) J says:

I am 28yo and have been having a lot of lower abdomen pain as well as pain it feels like in my overies when I’m going to the bathroom it was so bad 2 weeks ago I could barely move. I went to the Dr had an ultra sound done she said no cysts just a little build up that happens before you ovulate but i am due for my cycle on the 15th of this month in less than a week. She said the pain may be endometriosis but for me to track the pain that it might just be due to being near ovulation time.

September 15, 2009 at 11:59 am
(183) Helen says:

OMG I’m sitting here at 2 am and in the same pain , have had it now for 3 days and just can’t put my finger on what is wrong but all the symptoms are similar except I wee a lot during the night , no discomfort just seem to need to empty my bladder a lot and it doesn’t feel like a bladder infection etc. My lower back hurts and it feels like someone is trying to rip out my middle lower insides . I’ve has an ultrasound which didn’t show anything and I’m 50 and starting peri menopause so I did have some idea it could be related . It doesn’t happen every month but seems 2-3 months and smack 12-14 days after a period . It really sucks ! My pain seems to be more central though and my belly is bloated . I’ll go and see my Practitioner tomorrow but probably like last time it went away the day after I saw him . Hang in there girls !

September 15, 2009 at 4:45 pm
(184) Jennifer says:

I have the pain on my LS and was diagnosed 10 yrs ago when I collapsed in class in college. I was hospitalised and told I had suspected Endometriosis and that the only way to diagnose it properly was to visually verify it’s existence using a little camera in my abdomen and around my ovaries and bowels etc. I have it on my left ligament which holds the uterus onto the pelvis and also on the Pouch of Douglas (which I had to go and look up!). Ten years and only one baby later I can say with experience that the following works for me:
1. Limit any foods that exacerbate inflamatory conditions – for me dairy and caffeine.
2. If you do decide to use NSAIDS such as ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatories to control the pain, they work by preventing the production of bad prostaglandins, and the best way to do this is work out what day the pain usually starts and start taking the meds at least 3 days before ovulation so they have time to build up in your system. If you leave it too late the prostaglandins will be in your system and it will be too late.
3. Take High Strength Evening Primrose Oil from when you get your period until you ovulate with plenty of water every day. If you are trying for a baby it is important to stop the EP oil at ovulation because there is a small risk of EP oil causing increased uterine contractions and preventing implantation.Otherwise take it for the full cycle. It does work.
4. For night pain I personally find that keeping a soft pillow near by which I can put under my stomach while I lie facing down sometimes helps.
5. I find certain yoga movements really help physically and mentally.
6. Insist on a laparascopy if your medical insurance will cover it. It’s the only really reliable way to get a definitive diagnosis with Endometriosis.
7. Lazer ablation is a good method to remove adhesions and can be done while they are in there with the camera.
8. The following are NOT permanent cures ..
pregnancy (although it is a welcome 9mth break)
lazer ablation
the pill
9. If we were guys this would have been cured by now. For now the best we can hope for is to manage the symptoms and make ourselves as comfortable as possible and try not to let it define who we are or what we do. I refuse to let this get the better of me.

September 22, 2009 at 9:42 pm
(185) Kim says:

I have this same pain. I had it really bad when I was younger. (I’m 44 now) It had actually gotten better for a while (the mid cycle pain) but my periods have always been painful and “clotty” with at least one day of “flooding”. Last year I had my left ovary removed and now the pain (feels like gas, bloating full feeling, indeed like a broom up my butt!) is back, and it radiates ALWAYS from the right side. (where my only ovary is located) Like a sharp gas pain. In fact, I believe there is gas with it.. I feel constipated/gassy.. yet when I do manage to have a BM, while it’s generally painful, I’m not in the least constipated. The way I found this site is I searched for “extrememely painful gas pains with ovulation”

September 22, 2009 at 10:39 pm
(186) Kim says:

I meant to say also, I have a tilted uterus too. I found out years ago when my daughter was a toddler. I also had a c-section and secondary infertility.

October 2, 2009 at 11:07 am
(187) Al says:

This is amazing- I’m sitting here crying because…well…I’m not sure if it’s that I feel validated FINALLY or that as women we all suffer so much without a lot of answers from the medical profession- and yet there are hundreds of us who are experiencing the same thing! I have been having such severe pain on my lower right side- I’ve been to the ER for appendicitis (negative), endured catscans and vaginal ultrasounds- just to be told NOTHING is wrong! Yet – I have had acute pain now since the 9th day of my cycle and I feel like I’m nuts.
We need answers as women- we can’t just tolerate being disabled or miserable with naseau, pain, discomfort, low libido just because…docs can’t pin point it. Thank you everyone for sharing- it actually does help me feel sane and relieved that this isn’t some dredded disease!
love to sisterhood!!!

October 4, 2009 at 10:33 am
(188) Amy says:

Hi – Al funny I read your comment as I am doubled over in pain crying! My doctor told me I have 2 choices – birth control or just keep taking motrin. This is so ridiculous! I hurt so bad… I have had 2 laporscopic surgeries and high tech ultrasounds and still no relief! Thanks all of you – I still hurt but at least I know I am not alone.

October 4, 2009 at 2:59 pm
(189) karen says:

I feel for all of you! Every so often, I have horrible pelvic floor pressure mid-month. Sometimes it’s every other month for 6 months or more, sometimes it only happens once or twice a year. It is so bad I feel like going to the ER. It feels as though I’m in labor and need to push. I have been to the dr. and had an ultrasound. The dr. said that because of scar tissue around my right ovary (due to previous abdominal surgery) , the egg has trouble releasing-which causes bleeding. Internal bleeding is what causes the feeling of heavy pressure. I don’t get pain in my abdomen though. it’s frightening to be in so much pain! If you are going through this, it’s important to go to the dr., have an exam, have an ultrasound and rule out other problems. Good luck! =0)

October 4, 2009 at 3:07 pm
(190) karen says:

Oh, my gosh-I just read kelly’s comments..ok, let’s get graphic………like her, my pain is in my pelvic floor area-it feels like there is a baby trying to push its way out! Yes, it feels like sitting on a broomstick-ouch! heavy, heavy pressure! Not cramping, not sharp pains-an intense achiness-enough to make you nauseous. I’ve had internal bleeding due to an injury and that’s what it feels like.

I highly recommend a female GYN. There’s no way a man can understand what we go through!

October 8, 2009 at 5:32 pm
(191) vivien says:

Inositol!!! / B Vitamins will help!!! FACT :)
a number of women here suffer from PCOS or have cystic ovaries. The cysts on the ovaries causes the pain we are sufferring from… it varies from woman to woman (one in four women out there by the way have these…, that’s just life for us women!!!)

Watch your diet too… ‘white carbs’ and sugers are a no no – ok in moderation and while on B vitamin complex with wholemeal and low GI foods will literally cure u!! I am a living testimony and I hope sm1 will benefit from this info. When u get the B vitamin complex… ensure there is enough INOSITOL aim for min 50mg, by the way it doesn’t sell on its own but is found in the B Complex vitamins…… just so u know, you may already… lol your doc may prove rather clueless to cyst pain and ways of relieving it.
Look up the net on what I’ve mentioned above!!!!
IT WORKED FOR ME, ever wondered why peo say eat well and take folic acid (a B Vitamin) when you’re considerring conception… hunh! yup, for good egg quality and health – good luck all!!!

October 13, 2009 at 1:20 pm
(192) ewol says:

I have had this horrible pain, and believe it or not, aspirin helps. Just a little aspirin. It took me about 9 months of this pain prior to figuring this out. It always felt better when I was moving, so I thought it must be better when my blood was moving, and aspirin being a blood thinner I thought it could not hurt to try. (ibuprofen, my savior around my period, never helped). My pain was around ovulation and was always in one spot, my right ovary. I imagined it was what giving birth felt like – horrific cramping and sharp shooting pain. good luck all!

October 14, 2009 at 1:02 pm
(193) Donna - MI says:

I think Vivien is on to something. Inositol is vitamin B8.

I’ve had this pain every month for 3+ years but…

I added B vitamins to my diet last month and I didn’t have any pain this month!! I did not take the Bs for this reason and I haven’t done anything else different.

I’ve been waiting for the pain, felt a little bloating and a little tenderness to the touch mid-abdomen, but no pain. My period starts next week. It will be interesting to see if it also affects the heavy bleeding.

It can’t be this easy. I’ll believe it when I go another month no pain…and then I’ll probably go off the B’s to see if it was really them.

October 15, 2009 at 5:49 pm
(194) Donna - MI says:

OK…I spoke too soon. My pain woke me last night, two days later than normal. Sorry ladies.

October 23, 2009 at 8:08 pm
(195) vivien says:

Hi Donna, & everyone :)
gd to hear you’ve felt better being on the B vits just another thing, I dont know about how your body reacts to certain foods? diet too plays a part in our hormones significantly (there are up to four hormones in a womans monthly cycle that play a part) I find my body doesn’t sort out the suger levels well in ‘high’ carbs eg sugery foods incl chocolates etc (Its possible a number of women in this forum crave ‘high carb foods’ especially when we near AF), white bread/rice, cream, etc etc…. I advise try wholemeal, wholegrains, brown bread/rice etc and keep up with the greens and fruits. B vits help burn enery and help regulate a ‘stable and normal balance in the blood suger’….. eg, a pizza here and there isn’t that bad only dont have so much of the similar ‘type’ of foods… i.e starchy the SAME day.

Another tip – WATER, it helps bring PH balance at a level it should be at (stay well clear of those fizzy drinks ladies – your ovarian pain is another way of you…. just to look after your body and u know what, even live longer!!!
Women in past times before the world had HIGH POLLUTION levels-air in particualar (gas fumes) and stuff and b4 COCA COLA, suger, McDonalds bla bla bla…… may not know what we’re on about today, they din’t have to put up with what we’re ‘eating’, breathing!!!
for those that have had a miscarriage, I hurt for you too – pollutuion if it goes on the way it is, our daughters too will perhaps one day face such predicaments in high numbers xxx records indicate IVF numbers are rising annually since records began!
On a good note – PEACE 2 U ALL, there is a cure for this, we can do it xxxx

November 4, 2009 at 6:22 pm
(196) Roberta says:

I am 42 years old and was beginning to think I was crazy until I found this site. Now I know I’m not alone. I have always had bad periods(cramping,nausea,vomiting etc.) I had 3 c-sections to deliver 3 large babies, but I have also miscarried 3 times. I had my tubes tied 12 years ago after the birth of my 3 son. This set off bladder problems. I had only had one bladder infection my entire life until I had my tubes tied. Now I have to take an antibiotic everytime after sex to prevent an infection. The pain when I ovulate is horrible. I also have the pain in my lower back and rectum as well. I have even started taking my heating pad to work with me. I had a vaginal ultrasound a few months ago and it showed that I had several cysts on my left ovary. The doctor told me that he could do a laproscopy to get rid of the cysts. I had this done 10 days ago and he removed my left tube which was infamed, some scar tissue and endometriosis. I was on my period at the time of the surgery. I am now ten days out of surgery and guess what I am sitting here in pain from ovulating. Maybe I havn’t given myself enough time to heal, but I was just expecting pain relief to be immediate. How long do you have to wait to see results from this surgery? I called my doctor back yesterday and he said that he thought the pain was not from the surgery but from ovulating. I don’t know what else to do.

November 4, 2009 at 10:46 pm
(197) Canadagirl says:

Hi girls – good to see i’m not alone. I’ve been fighting this battle for 2and 1/2 years with doctors. Like most of you, pain only around ovulation time – sometimes lasting up to 7 days. Usually left side low in pelvis – like someone jabbing with knife. This is not mittlesmertz! I’ve felt ovulation “twinges” before – this is not it! (periods normal – somewhat longer than they used to be) GP finally sent me for ultrasound, both inside and out. Found nothing. He then sent me to a specialist who may have the answer to the cause… Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I knew I had IBS but didn’t attribute it to the cause of the pain. Something to do with ovulation causing IBS to flare at that time. And as I read through your comments above I can see most of you list bloat, painful BM, etc. as symptoms. I know the pain does not feel like gas persay, but is there a chance that there is spasming going on in your colon against your ovary during that time – or something crossing between the two? Anyway, doc said best way to deal is stop ovulation. He put me on BC pills. It did stop the pain but I did not do well on pills…period non-stop for 3 months on 2 different types of BC so i pulled myself off the BC last month and BANG – pain is back. I go back to doc next week…may have to try more permanent way of stopping ovulation. Will keep you updated if I learn more….

November 14, 2009 at 7:18 pm
(198) Tina says:

oh my , thankyou all so much… I’m not going crazy as one of my doctors told me, pain sucks, Ive had this now for 10 years, Im 38 and have 3 children, all naturally, had 5 year repreve while having an IUD in, and now its come back in full force, why cant they find something to fixed it not just drugs, my pain is only ever on the left side, but just about every month, for 3 weeks anyone else have this sortta thing happening
It helps to know Im not alone in feeling like this

November 15, 2009 at 1:08 am
(199) patty says:

I am 35 years old, and I had been suffering from painful periods and painful ovulations. But I found a weird remedy and it works!!! I have intimacy as soon as I start feeling the pain coming, and it vanishes instantly! I also do this one day before my period or when I feel the cramps coming, and my cramps go away.

November 19, 2009 at 9:00 am
(200) Robin says:

I’m almost 48 yo and started going through the painful ovulation and cramping AFTER my periods are over. Had one IV ultrasound which revealed a cyst. Going in 3 days for another because the pain is very debilitating. I began to wonder if it was ovarian cancer since all my symptoms indicate that. Bloating, lower back pain, nausea, feeling full before finishing a meal, leg pain, etc. I’m hoping that I don’t have to deal with this until I’m through with menopause!

November 19, 2009 at 9:57 pm
(201) Pam says:

Have had lower back pain and the painful bloating etc… off and on for a couple of years never picking up on a pattern until the last few months. Scared it was ovarian cancer. Had back x-rays, pelvic exam, pelvic ultrasound. Everything came back normal and supposedly my ovaries are healthy. The left one was very sore during all the exams, but still nothing to explain it. OB/GYN says along as my periods aren’t painful or heavy there’s no explanation at this point. Funny that Robin mentioned the “intimacy” thing today. I was noticing the same thing, now that I’ve started tracking everything on a calendar.

December 7, 2009 at 12:02 pm
(202) Kansas Girl says:

I have same symptoms- severe pain during ovulation. Hard to even move! I am 43, no insurance- low income clinics DON’T CARE!! Now I am depressed and suicidal from lack of health care :( :(

December 10, 2009 at 10:15 pm
(203) ECU girl says:

To KansasGirl and others,
I have been experiencing the same symptoms for years. Pain during mid-cycle especially on my right side, every other month. 5 yrs. ago went to Dr.-had a camera stuck up there and NOTHING was unusual- They didn’t know what it was. So, I searched internet and thank God I learned it’s this. I am also 43, had insurance thru exhusband, until he left me for younger woman. Now I also don’t have insurance. Since, my insurance coverage went to “the other woman, aka piece of trash, aka tramp, aka golddigger, etc… I can’t even go to a Dr. So. I’ve been taking Advil or OTC meds. It helps.(Sorry-just had a big one/sharp pain-now going down my leg :( I can feel your distress with a lack of healthcare. Is there a Medical School or college nearby that you can go to on a sliding fee? Also, since we’re both 43, I understand the need to have med. insurance. I am back in school (got 1 and a half years to go)mainly for a job with benefits and $. Is there any way for your employer to help with the insurance costs? You can email me at: tls0812@ecu.edu if you’d like someone to chat by email with. PS: I’m in school to become a LCSW.

December 14, 2009 at 1:56 pm
(204) Cheryl says:

* * ** * ONE IMPORTANT PIECE OF ADVICE — please don’t undergo any surgery or procedure unless it’s really crucial. “Exploratory” procedures should not be taken lightly unless you are truly in danger. ANY procedure, EVEN THE “NON INVASIVE” kind, will leave scar tissue and adhesions that could make your pain worse. It’s terrible to live this way, I know, but you could end up worse than before.

Please make sure your surgeon is trained in special procedures for lessening adhesions before you go under the knife. Make sure he or she acknowledges the existence of adhesions and is sympathetic. I regret very much that I had a laproscopy 4 years go that has left me with debilitating pain, and if I’d known anything about this problem and talked to my doctor about it, I would have found out BEFORE the procedure that he was careless and unsympathetic about the complications.

I now have severe, debilitating pain for several days starting around day 10-15 of my cycle. For a while I didn’t notice the pattern, but then I started putting small marks in my calendar on the really bad days and sure enough, it’s been around the same time every month.

It’s impossible to know for sure since external diagnostic tests can’t see everything, but I suspect I have one or more of the following: I.B.S., adhesions, and scar tissue/ adhesions attached to the ovaries and/ or an abdominal muscle. Coughing and sneezing cause excruciating pain and a feeling like something inside is ripping. I also get a excruciating pain that comes when I sit down the wrong way, or lie down in certain positions. This has made sleep fitful and not at all restful.

It’s only through my own research and reading websites like this that I’ve learned about all these things. Even the best doctors don’t have a lot of time to explain things to us. We have to be our own advocates, our own detectives, and we must keep sharing information and getting the word out to help each other!

December 30, 2009 at 10:57 am
(205) GilR says:

I can’t believe I’ve found you! Three days ago I thought I was having the exact symptoms of appendicitis! But strangely enough I started spotting (something that already happened before around ovulation time) but this time around didn’t come alone, I had backache as well…then two days after, it changed of side! If I was ovulating then I was releasing two eggs, meaning I could get pregnant with twins! Anyway, I don’t have kids and I’m 39, I don’t know if that is something to take in account. I’ve never been on the pill, I used to have the injection when I was 28, but now I want to try the pill to see if that helps to ease my pains! (I don’t plan to have children) I’ve read as well here about vitamin B and diet…I’ll try everything, but most important, I think I’ll have an ultra scan and let’s see… We need to have a website..Maybe I’ll start one ;)

January 13, 2010 at 12:45 pm
(206) Carolyn says:

I suffered…and I do mean suffered…with Mittleschmitz…much of my child-bearing years.
It became a problem after my second pregnancy..
The first doc I saw suspected it was from
” incomplete orgasms”…can you believe? It took a few more years …and docs…until it was
properly diagnosed, even though I had done some research on my own. It always came at my “ovulation
time”…it lasted about 4 days and was very painful.
Every time I moved…to sit, to stand, to lie…
a change in position and I had a deep, sharp pain..
For no known reason, it was more intense on the right side….Was prescribed something like
Darvon or Darvocet…it took the edge off so I
could function. I was told that for some of us,
at the time of ovulation, there would be a tad
amount of fluid/blood released with the ovum…
and that for some of us, it was not absorbed into
the body quickly, but lingered and that it was
the fluid causing the pain. Sounds reasonable, especially since it is THE only explanation I have
ever heard. Personal here, but I also had a
thickish discharge at the same time. So: find a doc
who is knowledgeable and will give Rx for those
three or four days at a time.

January 13, 2010 at 12:48 pm
(207) Carolyn says:

PS: I also had one doc tell me that ”ovulation pain” only lasts for a few hours…so it had to be something else.
yikes !!

January 27, 2010 at 10:13 pm
(208) Liz says:

You know this is great! I’m not alone. I’ve been having ovulation pain since my first period at 13years of age. Most of the time it’s just a stich like you get when you’ve been running. Now i’m 52 and haven’t had a Menstrual Cycle since last June 2009 but still get the pain and it lasts for a couple of days. Ovulation also gives me Migraines so i get a double wammy! How long do we have to wait until all of this goes away???

January 31, 2010 at 8:01 am
(209) pjae says:

I too have this debilitating pain. Right side. Hurst to urinate, stand straight and walk or turn. Had it for 5 days since my Miscarriage but have had 12 years off and on since my depo provera injection when I was 17. Have ended up in A&E to rule out apendicitis and eptopic preg. But when those are ruled out they don’t care. No answers or help. But for me I blame the depot. I was fine until that.

February 3, 2010 at 2:24 pm
(210) kelsey says:

Im 19 years old and here is what just happened to me recently. sunday night i had a cramp like pain in my right ovary. i thought nothing of it. well the next morning i jolted out of bed in pain. i thought it would be relieved if i used the bathroom. well it wasnt. it got worse and worse. then it reached a horrible point and stopped and got warm and tingly. i had been getting sick to my stomach all week. my feet were swelling but i dunno if that relates to this. well anyway i got real concerned and called my gyno she said to go to the ER. When i got there they did pregnancy test, blood work, ct scan, xrays, and vaginal and traditional ultrasounds. they say quite a few cysts on my right ovary but said it was normal for my child bearing age and that it wouldnt be causing my pain. anyways after hours and hours they told me it might be ovulation pain….i have never had this pain before. ovulation time felt like some cramps and a mild backache before. He gave me some hydrocodene pills and sent me home. Well ive been taking the pain pills and they are NOT working. Infact they make me drowsy enough to doze off but then im jolted awake by the pain an hour or two later. now its two days since i went to the er and the pain is on the other side…down my right leg…in my back…and worse on my right ovary. sometimes it has alot of pressure and tingles and sometimes its unbearable sharp pains. expecially when i sit down or bend over. my whole right side is tender to the touch…even a swift touch of my finger fills like ive been hit by a bat. im getting sick to my stomach more often. no one believes what pain im in. ive cried because its so bad. this is day 4 and i dont know how much more i can take. ive had no surgeries and no children.

February 11, 2010 at 3:24 pm
(211) Jen says:

I too have all of the same symptoms as many of you do. I am on day 14 and two days ago I started with swelling, and I feel a little bump on my lower left abdomen. The pain is horrible, and the sensation of having to take a BM is there for approx 2- 4 days. I have the same issues when going to sit down and the constant bloating, cramping, back ache etc. It’s exhausting. I had a procedure done to inject dye into my tubes and do a cat scan to see if anything was blocking them. They completed my left side (which to me is my bad side) and told me it was clear – but the procedure hurt me soo much I had them stop before doing the right side, I did not let them continue. Every month when I get these pains I wish I could rush to the hospital and have the DR. do an ultra sound or whatever to make it stop, but the thing is my husband and I have been trying for 15 months to have a baby. I never imagined I would have a hard time having a baby. It is so upsetting, especially when I get these pains, a million things go through my head. I have been on fertility meds for 3 months (which makes the ovulation pains even worse) and we have seen no results. So I am getting worried that there may be something more wrong with me that is preventing us from having a child. :(
oNe thing that has helped the bloating a bit, is I stopped drinking cows milk and started eating less dairy (try almond milk). As well, I started eating less meat and more fruit and veggies. (try eating by your blood type, it really does help and AVOID cows milkk if you can)

February 28, 2010 at 2:08 pm
(212) Judy says:

It is hard to believe that there are so many of us suffering from this excruciating pain, yet all the doctors seem to treat us like we are crazy. I always had the painful periods, but about five years ago started to have the sharp, stabbing pains that would begin after menses until ovulation was over. I started to realize that the only time I didn’t have pain was during the luteal phase (after ovulation and before the next period). This is when we naturally produce the most progesterone. I know many of you said that you got relief during pregnancy when progesterone is extremely high. After having laparoscopic surgery which firmly diagnosed that I did have endometriosis, I decided to try natural progesterone cream daily except for 4-5 days during my period. It takes a few months, but it does seem to counteract the dominance of estrogen that I’m sure many of us have due to hormones in our meat, dairy, etc. I have removed meat from my diet and working on eliminating other foods as well. The progesterone cream is a trial and error process until you get the right balance for your individual needs, but it is the only thing that really helps.

March 3, 2010 at 8:30 am
(213) natstar says:

I also hav extrreme pain in my leftright ovary – i am at a loss what to do – just feel so sick -wakes meup in the middle of the night and i just cannot get relief- sometimes would just like to have it removed as i cannot function at all- the pain gets so bad at times it becomes hot over my right side …. am over doctors as well!!! ione told me i had to learn to live with the pain!! WwOULD JUST LOVE TO BE NORMAIL!!!

March 5, 2010 at 11:25 pm
(214) mindy says:

I am thankful I found this site, sat and read every entry. Just wanted tell my story and point out a few things. Hope it helps someone else:
I had normal, painless periods/ovulation initially, started pills at 16. Had my daughter at 19,(DO HAVE TILTED UTERUS) natural childbirth, no abortions or surgury. Pain like others abdominal, some ovary, extreme rectal and some gas pain, pain with intercourse, always seem to have low back pain left side. Started pills again , still had some pain(mine did not completely go away), now at 31 yrs switched to non hormone IUD due to age ect. and had been attributing the worsening pains to IUD, but now after reading this realize that the pills helped a lot, but blood clot risk not worth taking pills. Sorry for those who do, but I luckily do not wake up from these pains , but when they are bad cannot jog, have sex and if someone were to hit my behind I’d like to punch them. Am making a list things from other post to try , will update if any relief . After reading these stories , do not believe any testing or treatment of endometiosis would be worth risk or money as it seems no one found any relief. Working in the medical field I believe the endometriosis, surgical scars, and ovarian cysts which are fairly common may have little to do with our symptoms, they are just common enough that many have had them. I have my well womans exam next month, I will see what she who specializes in womens health has to say about this and update if she has anything for us.

March 8, 2010 at 9:51 pm
(215) becca says:

I have been diagnosed with endrometriosis since I was 16 I had surgery for this @ 19. I was told if i wanted kids i should start trying or i would become infertile they also told me that most women dont have trouble with there indometriosis after they have kids. I became pregnant @ 23 and had a beautiful girl. I had horrible pain with every cycle but after I had my daughter all the pain went away. I got an IUD about 9 months ago and have not had any problems. However the last 2 months i have had severe pelvic pain with what i can only express as horrible pressure and pain with bm about 2 weeks or so after my period. I have endometriosis and have NEVER had pain after my period this is a whole new one DR they said they didnt know what it was and that it was probly be my endo. I beg to differ there are a few things that are the same but I belive this is not it !!! Not endo !!!! I dont know what it is but I do know that somthing is off I am relieved to know im not the only one with pain

March 10, 2010 at 11:02 pm
(216) Annie says:

Hi ladies, thanks so much for sharing your stories. After reading many of your stories, I am feeling better in spirit just knowing that there are so many other women experiencing the same symptoms as me. I have sharp, shooting groin pain on my right side during ovulation, extending down my leg and sometimes causing me to limp! There is also a feeling of pressure that comes and goes. I have been to the OBGYN 6 times for this, and each time she finds nothing wrong with me- but I know there is something wrong, because I hurt! I want to have a family someday and this is really starting to scare me! Help! There has to be a good reason that this is occurring!

March 16, 2010 at 3:48 am
(217) kathy says:

Lying here in bed, having had to give in this month and take time off work. This website has both encouraged me and filled me with despair. Why are we all still suffering like this but good to know I am not alone. I am about to hit 50 having had mid cycle pain all my menstruating life, it even cost me my appendix 15 years ago. Symptoms like you all describe but they have been getting more severe in the last 2-3 years. Seriously begining to think that removing the ovaries and womb can’t be any worse than this! Might try the evening primrose oil suggested in an early post. Thanks girls

March 26, 2010 at 1:39 am
(218) Tania says:

Why aren’t the doctors reading this?! I just read all 217 comments and was hoping a doctor would chime in. I have PCOS (depending on which doctor you talk to, seeing as OBGYN’s seem to have their head where the sun don’t shine), and have been on birth control since 16. Just came off Depo after 7.5 years as I would like to try to have a baby. Now I’m having mid-cycle pain that is horrible. It seems BC is the only true answer, but I’m not giving up on getting pregnant just yet. You should all research PCOS too, as I think many of you have it and it hardly ever gets diagnosed correctly. It involves symptoms like hypothyroid, acne, facial hair, weight gain, excess testosterone, diabetes (you can have just one or several of these symptoms). Just moved to Northern Cal and am looking for a good endocrinologist to treat PCOS (which is not a gynecologists realm, believe it or not). Please keep posting your results, maybe we can be our own doctors.

April 4, 2010 at 11:19 pm
(219) jolene says:

I am currently having the same problem and it amazes me how I am not alone. The pain you described sounds so much like mine. I have a titled uterus and my tubes tied about 3 years ago. My pain started a few years ago. I have been told that I have several cyst on my right ovary. The pain comes and goes and it doesnt happen every month until now. I have ultrasound in two week. With this insight you have provided me with will be something I will share with my OBGYN. I truly hope there is something someone can do to help me resolve this problem. I am a teacher and have 6 children at home. I cannot afford to be layed up in bed for 2 days because of this pain. My husband is wondering if anyone has tried a muscle relaxer? Please let me know if anyone has any insight.

April 14, 2010 at 1:51 pm
(220) Roberta says:

I left a message back on Nov 4th. I had surgery on Oct 26 they removed my left tube and endometriosis. It is now April 14 and I am still having pain. My doctor says the only thing to do now is a hysterectomy. Don’t really know what to do at this point.

April 20, 2010 at 2:16 pm
(221) Sue says:

I have suffered from pain in my right side during ovulation for years not every month. I think you alternate which side you ovulate on. When I was trying to get pregnant i had dye injected to check my tubes can’t remember what the medical term is. the dye pulsed then shot through my tubes on my right side so i think they were stuck together, i was in excrutiating pain when that happened. It was worth it the next month I got pregnant. I think i had trouble conceiving because when i ovulated i already had the broom up the bum pain and nausea the last thing i needed was sex. I have a tilted womb and it seems to be causing me bowel problems. hope that some of you that have left msj now have some relief

April 22, 2010 at 10:52 pm
(222) Olivia says:

Very interesting indeed, I’m so glad I googled this. I’ve been having many of these symptoms since my cycle returned after my first child, who was delivered by c-section. I also have a TILTED uterus, which it seems got worse after my first pregnancy. Since then I’ve had bloating and cramping for days during ovulation, I also have pain during intercourse when my husband bumps my cervix, and I have rectum pain which seems to get especially severe during menstruation. I had a second baby last year and although I had a doctor willing to let me try a vaginal birth it was unsuccessful and I wound up with another c-section. It was similar to my first in that the baby did not turn to face towards my back and was unable to descend properly into my pelvis. My other weird Gyno issue was between my two children I had an IUD installed and it CAME OUT. I’ve seen three different gynocologists over the years and they’ve all confirmed that 1. I have a tilted uterus 2. it is likely the source of my sex pain 3. there isn’t really anything I can do about it 4. it’s probably not the cause of anything else.

I have heard about a treatment called maya massage that supposedly can correct a tilted uterus. I’m a bit of skeptic and so haven’t tried it, but am thinking it may be worth a shot. I find the pain during the sex to be the most troublesome. Talk about really sapping all the fun out of it, and that’s hard on the marriage.

April 24, 2010 at 6:29 am
(223) Elizabeth says:

I cant tell you how relieved I am reading your comments. My problems started 9 years ago when I had an Ovarian cyst removed from both Ovaries, I subsequently had 2 more operations, 1 to remove another cyst and my right tube which was blocked and the other to open my remaining blocked tube (which failed). For the past 4 years I have had mid-cycle pain, mostly on my right side from day 13 – 19 of my cycle. I also have developed over the past 2 years, bloating, burping/indesgesiton/feeling sickly, lower back ache and a general feeling of unwell. It then clears up for about 2 weeks and I’m back to nromal. I’ve been to my doctors and had numerous tests/scans and have all been clear. I find this all so distressing and I’m crying as I’m writing this now. I feel as if for almost a fortnight out of the month I’m depressed, scared and in pain because of this and I really dont know what I can do about it apart from live with it. If anyone has any advise I would be so grateful.

April 25, 2010 at 11:10 pm
(224) MELINDA says:

april 24, 2010

i am 40, almost 41, and have had the mid-cycle pain for several years that i can remember, usually right side. Sometimes it’s every month, sometimes every other, but seems to be more often than not lately. rectum pain, this month pain when relieving bladder and it’s lasted longer this time, think i’m on day 4 or 5. used to be a day 1/2 mild, seems to be getting worse. I sit with homebound students and this week , twice, as i sat, it hurt and i couldn’t wait to get up. had to go home and rest one day. this sucks with pre-menopausal age now, either it’s that time of the month, with longer and more frequent periods, or it’s mid-cycle pain right after my period! i feel like there’s only a few days i feel decent anymore. this week i also experienced stomach upset all week, pain down my leg, today lower back pain. Advil works so far for the most part, or a BM, but in addition periods are closer together, stronger hormones, worse mid-cycle pain, and many days of IBS like syndromes. All i can say is that the road to menopause is not going to be fun. I hope i can stand myself, let alone my family can stand me!

May 2, 2010 at 5:08 pm
(225) Rosie says:

I thought I was the only one going through this and it has helped to read that i’m not alone!
I have had ovulation pains for two years now, I was told it might be PID and was given antiobiotics on and off for a year. Still it carried on so I had a laparoscopy which to my great disappointment found no cause. I then started taking Yasmin pill which stopped the pain but was giving me some side effects so have gone off it and the dreaded pain is back, I also get a lot of discharge during this time.
I have lost faith in the Drs after going back numerous times and being misdiagnosed. I was told I had an STD at one point until my results came back clear which caused me a lot of stress. The only thing I have been diagnosed with during one of my episodes was bacterial vaginosis but I doubt that this is the main cause.
If anyone has had any results from their Dr for the cause of this ovulation pain please post!

June 1, 2010 at 8:07 pm
(226) Alana Mixailovna says:

…I thought it was just me in the world with this severe pain. Is something really strong, menstrual cramps are child’s play compared to this.I have regular menstrual cycles and I always feel the pain in the day 14, I get bloated, tired and sometimes nervous like something was wrong with me. When I talk about this with my friends no one seems to be familiar with the situation, that’s what makes me even more sad about it. Maybe 2 or 3 people told me they have been through this before, but they don’t look pretty worried about it or they say is not that hard as I feel it. On the other hand my doc says is somehow normal and he thinks is funny when he advises me to make a baby to stop this stab-like pain. I don’t have children yet but I can’t imagine how would I get pregnant during these horrible nights when all I want is to be alone and sometimes I want to cry cause nobody seems to understand what I’m going through. I’ve heard some women had their ovaries removed because of this but I can’t do that!! as I said I don’t have kids yet!!!! I really appreciate all your comments and I hope God help us all because only us know what is this like…take care you all.

June 4, 2010 at 6:30 am
(227) Georgia says:

…I am so glad to have found this discussion page… I have been suffering from mid cycle pain for a while now. The pain is on the right side and differs in severity over the months. My main concern is that I feel a heaviness like my ovary weighs a tonne and I have to sit down slowly otherwise it’s very sore…I imagine my ovary to be huge from the pressure and soreness I get when I sit down. Some months I have to take pain killers. I had ultrasounds over the past two years which showed enlarge follicle… the OB taking the ultrasound said I should keep an eye on it but he couldn’t comment further as he was only taking the images. When I went to my OB he said that it was fine! Am going to book another ultrasound for 2 months time right on ovulation for my right side and hopefully they can see something… I suspect cysts but want to be 100% as my aunt died of ovarian cancer… I also had polycystic ovaries as a teen but that went away when I went on the pill and then had 3 pregnancies… fertility was not an issue and recent blood tests showed me to be very fertile… so it’s all confusing to me!

June 9, 2010 at 8:29 pm
(228) jayne, birmingham england says:

hey girls, great read this blog, sitting here at 1.30 in the morning with a belly like im six months pregnant and almost labour pains!!! been to my doctors a few times and twice to ER with these pains that come mid-circle almost every other month, read loads of your comments and found a great deal of you have pain from the right, mine is always on the left. im 36 and have had several pregnancies but only one little boy 9, just had a missed miscarriage at christmas, but this pain started a couple of years ago so dont worry it didnt stop me from falling preganant, i have fell twice in the past four years. just a mad horrible pain, it even hurts sometimes when i sit down, like ive been kicked up the butt!!! and yes the doc has told me its mid-circle pain, when i had my mis carriage i asked the doc who scaned me if my ovarys were ok? she said fine….so still trying for baby, but most say when you have sex with this going on it takes it away, for about an hour! but by god if you have an orgasim the pain a few hours later for me is horrendous!!! but worth it at the time girls!! anyways dont feel like the only person in the world anymore that gets these pains…kept you posted xxxxx

June 14, 2010 at 11:33 am
(229) Heidi says:

I can totally relate to you all. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in Dec. of í08 (age 41), I was taken off birth control pills and had my tubes tied. My periods became so heavy my dr. and I decided it would be worth trying the NovaSure procedure. Done under a local anesthesia, the lining of your uterus is basically burned and scarred, reducing your flow, sometimes even stopping it all together. It is really a quick and easy procedure that was not painful for me at all. The worst part was coming out of the anesthesia, but after 4 surgeries in 4 months plus radiation treatments, I got kind of used to that. Anyway, the NovaSure has been a success so far, lighter periods, lasting only 1 and a half days. . . .BUT now I suffer from terrible abdomen pain mid cycle. Hurts to sit, walk, bloated, I was even reduced to tears this past weekend. I can only pray since many of us are suffering with this, that it is nothing serious, just one more crappy thing us girls have to put up with!

July 17, 2010 at 12:17 pm
(230) Lana says:

I had the midcycle pain for years, always with ovulation. If I layed down and stayed completely still after taking a narcotic pain pill I could get through it. I started using natural progesterone cream for perimenopause symptoms and it went away after 2-3 months. I still had a come and go pain on the left side though. I had my age 50 colonoscopy and the doc found a fistula on the left. That was removed surgically 8 weeks ago. I feel tons better but have had debilitating pain with the start of my period since then. I think my ovary is adhered to my uterus because the fistula kept the ovary against the side of the uterus for years. A fistula is worth eliminating if you have a pain and pressure in the same area on and on. They are not extremely common but my gyno feels terrible that she never though of that. She is great and really cares so I forgive her as it is not her area of specialty.

July 22, 2010 at 8:31 am
(231) Christine says:

I have suffered since the start of my periods age 13 with pain and heavy periods. 3 years ago i had a mirena coil fitted which took 10 months to settle which once it did was wonderful and have had hardly any bleeding since. I did experience some pain last year and got scanned for fibroids. My scan was clear and not long after the pain disappeared. my mother suffered with fibroids and had to have a hysterectomy because of it but her ovaries were left in.

My mother died on 4th July 2010 and on her death certificate it stated ovarian cancer. I am now worried that all of these things are connected. I have been in severe pain for the past few weeks side pain, back pain, ovulation pain and breast pain. I have made an appointment with the doc to see if i should have my coil removed and have some tests done again for fibroids and now cancer. :(

July 25, 2010 at 3:28 pm
(232) Jewel Panelli says:

I had a TLH on July 7th and kept both of my ovaries as well as my tubes. Everything has been going beautifully until I started ovulating yesterday…OUCH!!! Oh my gosh, my surgeon said my ovaries looked great with no abnormalities, but I’m wondering why I’m in such pain????

July 25, 2010 at 7:43 pm
(233) Connie says:

Get this ladies. I’m 54. Haven’t had a period for 3 years. However, I’m presently laying in bed with my laptop looking for answers, also, because for two days I’ve been experiencing all this again. I even spotted lightly just once yesterday. Today I can hardly sit down and I go through the ceiling when I have to poo or pee, which I feel like I have to do all the time. I had all these symptons in my 30′s nearly every month. I’m trying to remember back-did it all start with the D & C I had after my miscarriage? i also was diagnosed with a tilted uterus (the Dr. gave me an excercise: get on your hands and knees and then lower your shoulders to the ground w/your butt sticking up for 20 mins a day). But what’s going on -I mean how can I be ovulating? It seems such a mystery for all of us.

July 30, 2010 at 4:19 am
(234) NICOLA says:

I cannot believe that there isnt help for this!
i am 31 and suffered with endermetreosis since the age of 17…
ive had 3 laporoscopys and am now due for a 4th, the pain during my cycle i can deal with its just the pain midcycle that is driving me to distraction it is so painful i cant sit , walk, lift of care for my disabled son or do general household chores at all.
i get bleeding, stabbing pains in my uteras vomiting and i really struggle to carry on during the day it lasts for 3 to 5 days i feel like im never not in pain.
i feel at the end of my tether!
im so glad im not alone and seeing all these ladies with the same complaint has made me feel better.
ive tried all contaceptive pills to stop ovulation to no avail they all make me have other complaints such as migraine , bleeding etc.
i just hope i can get some relief some day i dont think ive ever looked so forward to the menopause.

July 31, 2010 at 8:05 am
(235) Misstea says:

Dear Connie,
I don’t mean to alarm you but I think you should go to the doctor to get checked out especially if you have reached menopause and are spotting and experiencing pain just to be on the safe side.
I feel as though I am getting off lightly compared to many of you. I started experiencing midcycle pain a couple of years ago and it seems to last for a few days often a persistent dull ache and a feeling like I want to pass urine all the time. Sometimes the pain is more nagging with aching legs and back and feeling nauseous.
I am seeing a specialist soon for long heavy periods so I intend to mention this issue as well I suspect PCOS or endometriosis.
Take care all. Does anyone else find some relief from period pain if they lay on their back with legs resting against a wall at approx 90 degrees? We used to do this at boarding school and sometimes it helps although I can’t stay there too long as I get tingly feet!

August 13, 2010 at 6:12 pm
(236) milysen says:

im only 23 and i have 3 children..only recently after having my iud removed..i began having labor like pain during ovulation..extreme back an dbelly pain like it was going to explode..i wen to th er once and was told i have cyst on my ovaries but nothing major..it dosent happen every month so far only 2xs..i also will have major food cravings..the back pain i had felt exactly like labor i had to get on all 4 and rock back and forth and to go to the bathroom..ugh it was horrible!i was wondering maybe is my tubes blocked or somthing? idk i dont have an ob doc so i cant really go ask..just wondern if other women close to my age deal with teh same issues..

August 16, 2010 at 9:40 am
(237) nikki says:

I started approximately 12 months ago with a similar pain. I have 3 children and taking Noriday as a contraception method. I have never experienced painful period pains before in my life, and just find it hard to beleive that something so painful can just happen!! My pain is always on the left side of my lower back and abdomen, it is very similar to labour pain, if not worse and ususally lasts as long as the strong pain releif I have had prescribed starts to kick in, fingers crossed then thats it until the following month. I have had blood tests and an ultrasound scan which were all normal, so I am not worrying about anything too much, but just find the whole thing odd after all these years. I have been told its to do with Ovulation, may get better may get worse!! My last bout a few weeks ago was the worst ever, and took longer to subside – can’t wait for next month! NOT!

August 25, 2010 at 2:55 am
(238) Torako says:

I’m 18 and over the last…I’d say, 4 or 5 months, for about 4 days, I get this hard, very very painful lump in the left side of my abdomen, above my groin and below the navel. I first thought it was typical mid-cycle stuff, but it hurts to urinate and the weirdest thing was, the lump disappeared yesterday, but came back this afternoon. I thought at first it was maybe fecal issues in the intestines, but it’s pretty much happening the same time each month, a hard, painful lump on the left side, but this time it isn’t going away like it usually does, it disappeared and reappeared. It hurts so so much and I refuse to let anyone tell me to ‘suck it up and take some ibuprofen’ ! I’m worried because most people says it happens on their RIGHT side, but mine isn’t.

August 25, 2010 at 8:27 pm
(239) venita says:

I have been experiencing the same pain now for a few months. Im 36 with two children, i have been on the pill since my last child was born so i believe the pill is not whats causing or helping this pain, its so severe that you feel you have somthing totally wrong with you.. I have had numerous test with my gp and scans, and pelvic scans, blood test they found nothing. My doctor believes im on the best pill on the market and not to change it, my pain also feels like its in by back lower down, i have taken ibuferon with codiene it helps temparily i might try some naproxen which is used for peroid pain…A heat pack is also handy at bed time or hot water bottle.. my gp is a women she also said if i cant bear the pain to come straight back we will try somthing else…she was very good and understood me

August 29, 2010 at 4:19 am
(240) Alicia says:

After having the same pains for over 3 yrs, i was told i had endometriosis and had the laporscopy done on the 5th of August, the doctors now say its something called anemosis or andemosis………. its where the lining of our uterine attach to our walls and instead of breaking down as its suppose 2, its drops enough for menstration but the rest stays attached. And now before I turn 30, they tell me that they can put me on birth control but that will only slow up the bleeding, not stop the pain. So i go in on the 7th for a preopp appointment so that i can have a hysterectomy done. as soon as i get the correct spelling of the disease, i will let you know more. good luck to all and i hope we get will soon.

August 30, 2010 at 9:11 am
(241) Carmine Lamont says:

I have the same pains as most of you on here and what I find helps the most is applying heat to my abdomen when the pain starts. I always keep therma care heat wraps in my desk at work and in my car. It can take 20-30 mintues before it starts to help but is way better than doubled over in pain for hours:) Hope this suggestion is helpful to come of you out there.

September 2, 2010 at 4:08 pm
(242) amanda says:

I’m having the same problems, which is what brought me to this site. It started with bleeding for 26 days straight, then i went to the E.R. and first they told me that my uterys was huge and full of fybroids…BUT…they sent me to see a surgean, and teh surgean said there was nothing on the ultra-sound about uterus fybroids, but there is a cyst on my ovary and a few small ones inside. I’m freaking out, because my health feels like a wreck right now. I have abdominal pain even right now..it comes and goes all month. It gets worse after I eat. Ive been gettin real weak for quite a while now. Have to have another ultra-sound on the 14th, and hopefully they can tell me what is going on.

September 16, 2010 at 12:42 pm
(243) Katherine says:

I was having severe pain in my left side with ovulation and my doctor put me on bio-identical progesterone. The cream didn’t work but when she put me on the 100mg capsules, starting from the day my period ended, my pain went from horribly severe to a mild twinge. It has made all the difference. My mom had a hysterectomy because of the same type of pain. Thank you God for a doctor that has learned to replace what is missing or depleated.

My sister-in-law was having severe pain too but it was also in her low back. She found out it was because of a tumor.

If your doctor cannot find a reason for your pain. Consider finding an integrative medicine doctor or ask your doctor to prescribe BIO-IDENTICAL progesterone.

I hope and pray this helps you as much as it has helped me!!!


October 26, 2010 at 11:11 pm
(244) Sheri says:

I am in heaven! Like most of you I just feel so happy to have found this forum! I can’t believe this forum has been going on for 2 years…anyone have answers! My pain moves from by right lower abdomen to my back. It always wakes me up in the middle of the night…sometimes it is so excrutiating I go to the ER where they say “we have no idea” & give me ibuprofen-I’ve been there like 10-20 times over the past 3 years. It only happens when I’m ovulating. I finally went to a new Gyno & she had me do an internal ultrasound. I get the results this week. The ultrasound tech said my uterus was flopped over backwards & she thinks it has become attached to my abdominal wall & possibly my bladder by scar tissue (I’ve had 3 c-sections). My mom died from Ovarian Cancer this April, so the pain is so scary for me!! I feel so blessed to know I am not alone!
Has anyone gotten any answers??

October 27, 2010 at 8:14 pm
(245) SM says:

I suffered from a similar problem 6 months back-Shooting pain in my rectum and abdomen during periods and the pre-ovulation phase. Fortunately, I stumbled on the page explaining the benefits of prune juice. The high fibre in prune juice keeps your digestion in order and that takes away the pain. Atleast it worked for me. Make sure you drink enough and not too much as it may cause loose motion.

October 29, 2010 at 4:54 pm
(246) CLAIR says:

i had a tubal reversal last year and have had really bad ov pains every month since last may ,previous to my reversal i had three c sections. Its really good to know that there is other people going through the same as me, i was starting to feel like some sort of freak lol. the pain this month has ben that bad i couldnt even get out of bed for a day. I was wondering if any thought that my pain might be down to too much scare tissue?

October 31, 2010 at 5:08 pm
(247) Ashley says:

I’m sooo glad i have found this site!!! I’m desperate for some help!!! I was diagnosed with mittelschmerz about 3 months ago and have been having pains for nearly 2 years now. I have read a lot about ladies having pains for 3-4 days well mines last for over 3weeks!!! they start a week after my period and stay until my next period, i know that doesnt add up with a normal menstrual cycle but i have 4 weeks between the end of my period and my next one!!! My doc put me on ibuprofen but they didnt help so he’s put me on the pill (mycrogynon) but there still not working!!! I have tried everything over the counter and nothing is helping, even a strong co-codamol. I’ve also tried heat packs, hot baths and walking it off but it makes it worse!!!! I realy am at the end of my tether with this!!! The doc wants me to stay on the pill for another month and if it doesnt help hes going to refer me to a specialist, gynacologist at the hospital but its just sooo painfull!!! These pains come and go all day, everyday and night and last for over 45 mins each time. I cant walk and have even passed out with the pain several times. It’s putting a huge strain on my relationship and work as i wont let my boyfriend near me when i have these pains so intercourse is completely out the question and as a homecarer i need to have my head screwed on but cant as these pains completely drain all the energy out of me so i’m exhausted and cant concentrate. Somebody please help me I seriously cant take this anymore!!!

November 5, 2010 at 9:00 pm
(248) Leigh says:

I am so glad to have found this thread. I’ve read most of the comments, there are so many … and as I type I am going through the same thing. I’ve been trying to figure out what it is all week. I have severe bloating, nausea, I’ve been crying at everything, and my IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) plays up during this time. I’m not pregnant and I’m mid-cycle. The pain for me isn’t on one side though, it is in the middle. I haven’t had any surgeries and don’t know if I have any cysts. I gave birth to my first child 20 months ago without any complications – so no surgery or other intervention.
After reading everything, I feel like what it is, is our hormones aren’t balanced. Progesterone seems to help with the pain of ovulation, which is why this is when the body makes it, but for some reason, sometimes it doesn’t make enough, or the amount of oestrogen is so excessive. Oestrogen imbalance can be due to an illness, or just bad diets and not enough exercise, or consuming oestrogen in meats. There must be other causes? I don’t know why I have it, but I’m sure that is what it is.
This week I looked into balancing hormones naturally, and came across Maca. It is a food. Please google – Raw Organic Maca and look into it. I believe it can really help, but feel like I also have to get to the cause of why my hormones are imbalanced. Hope this helps, and will keep you posted to how I feel as I take Maca.

November 25, 2010 at 6:52 pm
(249) karen says:

Hi All,I cant believe that so many of you are suffering like me.Im 47 and had this problem since having my son by cesarian 18yrs ago.
I dont have periods i have had the mirena coil for the last 2 years for heavy periods and endometrisis diagnosed 2002 by laproscopy.
1 month ago i had my second laproscopy and an ovarian scan because my pains have been so bad, right sided groin pain radiating to my lower back and rectum too ,burning, sharp, excruciating at time’s making me hold my breath and shout out sometimes it is so bad,intercourse causes so much pain too. Im laid in bed my abdomen is burning, i keep getting stabbing pains that are like a red hot poker jabbing in me, i virtually live off painkillers too nearly every day,well 3 weeks out of 4 of the month,the second laproscopy showed omental adhesions which i had removed and they said my endometriosis was gone!!!! so why after nearly a month am i back to square one in pain?? still in my right side,im so fed up with it at times thinking this will never go away…………im trawling the internet trying to find a solution or some medicine which may help me. If it doesnt get any better i will have to go back to my G.P and ask to be seen again by a gynaecologist.

December 6, 2010 at 8:34 pm
(250) mc says:

same shooting pain. I was standing up and had this horrible pain like I was in Labor again. Had to use Lamaz breathing as well to get through. I thought it had to do w/ having a VBAC, but I guess its just normal. I am trying Myrh gum and now will try prune juice. It happens same time as ya’lls, during ovulation. Just had a bunch of tests done, clear. I am also taking a hormone balancer that helps w/ balancing hormones called vitex, which it helps immensely with my periods. But ever since I have been taking it, this ovulation pain has gotten worse.

good luck, and please post anything that has helped so we can all try!

December 12, 2010 at 1:00 pm
(251) Jo says:

Hi girls I’m exactly the same the pain seems to be getting worse but I have a cure lolololol it’s called co-codamol I take it as soon as I feel that twinge and take more until that ache subsides two days, in my case later – it takes away the pain u still feel washed out but think that’s more the effect it has on tour body – for those that mentioned it affecting pregnancy chances it doesn’t affect that I have two dinkies roll on the menopause us what I say xxxx poor us ladies wud live to see the fella’s go thru this xxxxxxxx

December 20, 2010 at 5:39 am
(252) ashley says:

hey girls i wrote back in october about my pains and just thought i would give an update. I’m still on mycrogynon30 but had very heavy bleeding for 3weeks after starting the pill, I called the doc and he told me it was natural and to keep taking it and to keep a record of pain, tension, bleeding and depression and to take it back into him after the new year. Well so far i havent had a day without pain and tension, bleeding has stopped but getting realy depressed now!!!! i feel no-one is helping, i’m going to get another opinion with another doc at my surgery and if they dont help i’ll change surgery, i have been at that one since i was born. I realy have had enough i’m at the point if they dont help me soon i’ll ask for a hysterectomy. I’m sooo stressed and depressed over it i’ve lost over a stone and a half in less than a month and still loosing it, at least 2lbs a day!!! so hopefully they’ll get to the end of this i’ll keep you’s posted ash xxx

December 26, 2010 at 11:40 am
(253) Sandra says:

I was just googling “thigh pain during ovulation” to try to see if what I’m feeling is normal during ovulation. I am 34 and my husband and I just decided to try to start a family. This is my first ovulation cycle since stopping the pill last month. I was on the pill since I was 17, so I wasnt sure what I would feel! I noticed yesterday, 3 days into ovulation, that my inner left thigh was achey. Nothing terrible, but it feels like I did a workout on just that side (which I didnt). I’m hoping it doesnt get worse like some of the posts I read and thought it was just a sign of my ovaries working! I hope that’s all that it is, but I feel badly for all of you that are in pain. I’m going to yoga tomorrow anyway, so I wonder if that will help me stretch and relax?? Feel better everyone!

December 27, 2010 at 2:15 pm
(254) carolyn says:

I am so happy to have found this post. I have been trying to get pregnant for two years. I have been dealing with this pain for two years. Finally I got my doctor to do the laproscopy in November. He didn’t find anything wrong with me. So we did the day 5 test and still I have good levels. I am 40 years old and trying to get pg. So finally frustrated with no answers and no suggestions from gyno…I tried the ovulation test sticks. I have tried them before but couldn’t read them so I got the easy to read clear blue easy. Well I always thought the pain was the egg bursting out….no..no its not…the pain starts before I ovulate. Like 3 to 5 days early. I have been off on my ovulation for 2 years. I feel so stupid, but feel great to have found others going thru the same thing so that I am not crazy and I am in our own way normal. Thanks for all the posts.

January 4, 2011 at 1:37 am
(255) Kim says:

I have been through the chronic pain since the beginning of my period at 16. I was told the pain was all in my mind and put on the pill by a female GP. Since then things were tolerable but unfortunately things weren’t checked out until I couldn’t become pregnant. It was then discovered that I have an ectopic kidney on which lays one of my fallopian tubes which isn’t attached to the uterus. I went through IVF with no success and now have the mid-cycle pain you have all described with my cycle only being from 2-26 days.It is hard to get anyone to listen to what I am experiencing without me being made to feel like a hypochondriac!!!! I was diagnosed with cysts two years ago but they couldn’t find my ovaries on the ultrasound to be sure!!!! I am currently trying to get to see another specialist but am being told I will need to wait 2 to 3 months for an appointment OR that they are not interested in seeing me as they do not deal with just cysts. My frustration levels are so high and I am close to just giving up…The sad part is that we know our bodies so well and that a change is something we can pick up if only the medical professionals would believe, listen and ask questions!!!

January 4, 2011 at 7:56 am
(256) v says:

i also have terrible pain where i can barely walk usually during the first 2 days of my period. why does it feel like i just gave birth? my periods been different after i had my 6 yr old son. the pain even goes up into my stomach

January 25, 2011 at 8:55 am
(257) Liz says:

I have had this for 20 years, the pain is just like you all said, it gets so bad you cant stand up straight or walk properly, not to mention trying to sit down, I was think thank god I had found that I was not alone, but that is very selfish of me, as I wouldnt wish this pain on anyone, its just good to know that I am not going insane lol

January 28, 2011 at 8:51 am
(258) Lisa says:

I could gve all of you who have posted a great big hug! I am 32 and have this “PAIN” as well….I spend so much time on the internet self diagnosing myself looking for answers to this pain. My pain is like clock work every month and last from 2 days to 4 days. It really interferes with the quality of life and I dread this time every month. It is comforting to know that I am not alone I have had times where I have been very scared for my health and have spent hours worrying about this condition. On that same note I also find it discouraging that SO many woman are having this same issue and not getting an answer as to the cause. I am currently under the care of an OBGYN and we are looking into some reasons for my painful ovulation, I hope I get some answers from my Doctor.
kisses and hugs to you all….Anaprox works pretty good for the pain.

February 1, 2011 at 10:00 pm
(259) Tess says:

Ladies, it is a relief, yet feeling some disbelief that so many of us suffer from mid cycle discomfort. Does anyone have this accompanied with mucous? I have been getting the mid-cycle pain on and off for the last few years. I have had 2 c sections, 10 years ago and 12 years ago. I have a lot of mucous at different times during the month. It is typically clear and sometimes pink tinged the middle of the month. My GYN said this is a the sign of a normal, healthy uterus. If anyone has simlar issues, I am eager to hear. Suffering from the ovulation pain as I type, took 600 mg of Motrin and have a lot of relief.

February 3, 2011 at 6:35 pm
(260) tracy says:

I also get mid cycle pain with alot of watery discharge through out the month. Alot. Above and beyond the norm. sometimes if feels as if I have peed. The Pain starts during ovulation and can continue for 2 weeks. It feels as if I have a lump in the left side of my tubes. This started when I had my tubes tied after my last child. The OBGYN said I had an abnormally this uterine lining. I have to go for a LAPO soon. I am so glad I am not alone in this mid cycle pain

February 14, 2011 at 8:40 pm
(261) Riley says:

I can’t believe there are so many people with this problem! I have had ultrasound after ultra sound and found nothing. The pain is so sharp on the left side and it radiates down my leg and I feel so bloated and tired. I also have a tilted uterus and had fertility issues. Does anyone else get migraines during their cycles? It must all be related somehow. I can’t use birth control pills because they make my migraines worse. I keep hoping my doctor will find something that can be fixed!

February 20, 2011 at 9:58 pm
(262) Ann says:

I am 40 and I have been having ovulation pain along with pain during bm for the last two years. I had a laproscopy done a couple years ago, and I do have scar tissue. I have done a colonoscopy, ultrasound, and several tests at the doc… nothing. I am glad I am not losing my mind and there are other women with the same symptoms. I however find it strange that most doctors don’t have a clue what could be wrong. Essentially we have to diagnose ourselves. I have even become vegetarian (fish only) and eliminate lactose from my diet, and I find that the pain has reduced significantly. I have cheated sometimes on some milk products and I feel the difference…pain.

February 20, 2011 at 10:49 pm
(263) Tracey says:

Well without sounding like a parrot, what a relief that this is so common!
I find it interesting that so many of us have had tubal ligations and Caesarean sections. I am wondering whether the problem we are all having is increased with having abdominal surgery and then developing adhesions?
Do many of you feel very bloated around this time too, and sometimes even become (not just feel) constipated??
I have been considering seeing my GP, as at 44 it sometimes concerns me that it may be something more ominous like ovarian cancer. But the problem is literally only a problem for 24-36 hours spot on every month about 12 days into my cycle. I am not sure I want the hassle of MRI’s, ultra sounds and investigative surgery if they are going to say “we;re not sure what it is”.
Good luck everyone and keep us updated if anyone finds a solution (apart from a total hysterectomy!).

February 22, 2011 at 12:11 pm
(264) BA says:

I, too, have experienced extreme lower abdominal pain mid-cycle. The pain starts in the area of the ovary and radiates to my back. The one time I did have a smear of blood. It only happens occassionally. The past two times that it happened, I know for fact that I was ovulating because I had been using an ovulation monitor to try to get pregnant. The last time it happened, I was at my family doctor getting a physical. When he palpated my left side, it was tender. When I told him I was ovulating, he said that I was ovulating on my left side. My gynecologist says that my ovaries are normal, so it’s just ovulatory pain. Along with the pain, I have experienced bloating and nausea. It lasts less than 24 hours. It’s a disconcerting feeling, but it’s normal.

February 23, 2011 at 4:27 am
(265) Didi says:

hmm i really do not know whether I should be worried now, I’m 22 years old, haven’t had a baby yet, not even sexually active yet. I’m experiencing similar pain, I’m guessing it is ovulation pain i get the pain either on my left side or right side, this last time on my left, but it went away after a lil clear discharge, I’m sure like every woman i’m extremely ‘aroused’ during this time like i’m going crazy…a lil constipation too, bowel movement makes the pain a bit worse, any info would be appreciated i dont want to worry my momma or my bf!

February 23, 2011 at 1:22 pm
(266) Michele B says:

I have been dealing with exactly the same thing for several months now during ovulation. the pain is sometimes confined to one side but most often starts near my ovaries and bounds me up all the way to under my breastbone where i can barely stand or move. it hurts to have a bowel movement too. i have gastro issues and adhesions so I thought it must be a bowel issue, and that might be part of it, but after going to my gynocologist too, he said it’s probably that plus “mittelschmerz,” which is severe pain during ovulation. Google it for more info. I think it’s def an ovulation issue because it happens always during same time of month. Since I thought it was originally gastro, i’d take Miralax and that does help take the edge off the pain. I also find that heating pad works. Good luck. I’d be interested in anything I can learn that helps. It came out of nowhere and it’s very upsetting.

March 6, 2011 at 4:59 pm
(267) Reid says:

I can offer that pain with ovulation is NOT normal and is a sign of imbalance in the delicate reproductive system, most often caused by a tilted uterus. The uterus is supported by ligaments alone. When a girl or woman has any kind of trauma to the pelvic area it can cause any one of these ligaments to contract or stretch in such a way that the uterus tilts off it’s normal position (it should be forward facing hanging about an inch an a half over the pubic bone). When this happens, depending on the direction and degree of imbalance it can affect fertility, digestion, urination, and overall hormonal flow. Blood, nerve, lymph, and energy is impacted. Someone mentioned Maya Abdominal Therapy Massage, which I”m so excited about. This is excellent work to explore before moving toward the Western medical approach. Western medicine tends to utilize one of three approaches: 1. to ignore it/write is off as normal (which it is not), 2. To use pharmacueticals that address the symptoms of the issue at hand but not necessarily get to the root cause). Sometimes the short term side effects weigh equally detrimental to the symptoms they are trying to address. And how much is really known about the long-term side effects,

March 6, 2011 at 5:02 pm
(268) Reid says:

Someone mentioned Maya Abdominal Therapuetic Massage here- I’m so glad. If you’d like to learn more about the root cause of this issue go to http://www.arvigotherapy.com.

March 6, 2011 at 5:12 pm
(269) Reid says:

I can offer that pain with ovulation is NOT normal and is a sign of imbalance in the delicate reproductive system, most often caused by a tilted uterus. The uterus is supported by ligaments alone. When a girl or woman has any kind of trauma to the pelvic area it can cause any one of these ligaments to contract or stretch in such a way that the uterus tilts off itís normal position (it should be forward facing hanging about an inch an a half over the pubic bone). When this happens, depending on the direction and degree of imbalance it can affect fertility, digestion, urination, and overall hormonal flow. Blood, nerve, lymph, and energy is impacted.
Someone mentioned Maya Abdominal Therapy Massage, which IĒm so excited about. This is excellent work to explore before moving toward the Western medical approach. Western medicine tends to utilize one of three approaches:
To ignore it/write is off as normal (which it is not),
To use pharmacueticals that address the symptoms of the issue at hand but not necessarily get to the root cause). Sometimes the short term side effects weigh equally detrimental to the symptoms they are trying to address. (And how much is really known about the long-term side effects?)
To use an invasive surgical approach…. which runs the risk of causing further damage and also does not get to the root cause at hand.

PLEASE…. before you go the Western route (ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE STRUGGLING WITH INFERTILITY)- the medical costs are not covered by insurance and can totally into the tens of thousands) , check out http://www.arvigotherapy.com. If youíre lucky enough to have infertility insurance this work can be a great complement to IUI or IVF cycles- most times it takes 2-3 cycles- Maya Abdominal Therapy clients tend to get pregnant on the first cycle.

You wonít be disappointed- I promise.

March 9, 2011 at 5:51 am
(270) Nikki says:

Im truly sorry that you all feel as bad as me but relieved that Im not alone.

I am 38 and have been suffering with ovulation pain for 20 years! After having a Lap at 25 was told that I might find it hard to conceive but luckily fell pregnant quickly on both occasions. After having my children it took a while for the symptoms to return after each of them were born but have reached new peaks after each pregnancy.

I too get really bad pain (more on LHS than RHS) which prevents me from functioning normally for about 24 hours. Sitting, walking, driving, sleeping are almost impossible. My periods are getting heavier and I am experiencing lots of clotting.

My Doctor has given me some really strong pain killers that knock me out. Obviously this helps the pain but not with normal functioning as I just want to sleep. I have been told that my Uterus is tilted backwards, I might have ovarian cysts and they havent ruled out endometriosis. I have been recommended to have a coil fitted to help reduce bleeding issues. The pain I can cope with but I feel washed out for at least 7 days of my cycle.

I have recently been using an App on my Iphone called Period Tracker so I can track the pain and my cycles quickly and effectively and at least prepare myself better for the monthly onslaught.

Is there any non invasive remedy? I hate filling my body with medicines and being prodded and poked like cattle!

Good Luck Ladies….

April 19, 2011 at 11:26 pm
(271) Michelle says:

Hi everyone. I have been dealing with ovulation pain for probably 20 years or so. My friends would look at me like I was crazy when I would say I was having ovulation pain. I am actually having pain now. Does anyone else have the pain with gas and if you are fortunate enough to pass the gas you feel some relief? I have recently started experiencing the ‘broom stick’ affect but it gets a little better if I can have a BM or just pass gas. tylenol and advil will take the edge off usually but the pressure is still there. I had fibroid surgery a few years ago, now I wonder if that made things worse. I did have the ovulation pain prior to the surgery though. I am not happy that you all are experiencing similar pain but I am relieved that I am not alone. But do let me know about the gas symptoms.

April 20, 2011 at 4:31 pm
(272) Shanna says:

Wow! It’s amazing that SO MANY of us are suffering with exactly the same symptoms. It makes me want to let my OB/GYN read these and *then* try to tell me it’s nothing.

I am 32, have had 2 CSections. Pain surrounds ovulation each month for about 4-5 days with severe urination pain, slight BM pain, and abdominal cramping. (The worst of it is the urination pain! Taking AZO Standard tablets around the clock helps a lot but not totally.)

Urologist exams show nothing, and I know it must be adhesions or cysts. Just wish I could find someone to listen and offer a solution. Thanks for sharing your stories; definitely glad I’m not alone. Let me know if you find something that helps.

April 23, 2011 at 12:46 pm
(273) Topsy says:

I want to say that its usually an eye opener when reading all the commemts. I had a surgery that was Life Threathening and sometimes I still feel pains that is considered unusual but above all, the pain, stress, struggles, doctors findings and the ones they dont know also is one who has supremacy over all. GOD. He made us, knows us and knows all that No one else does and it has been wonderful drawing closer to the Lord and taking all pains to him. He is our healer.Life is full of battles day after day but we are on earth to win with HIS help. Its Victory that you are alive cos some have died even before they discovred that something was wrong in their bodies so first Be Thankful to Him. I say THANK YOU JESUS. Then I tell him to have Mercy on me and take my pains away. Jesus is waiting to perform a miracle in your life as he’s done in mine and lots of people I know. Just let Him in,talk with him and you will be pleasantly Surprised over time as you stay in Him. I love you all, we will win together and years to come we will write about our daily Victories. Cheers

May 3, 2011 at 7:44 pm
(274) Bev says:

Reading these posts really puts my mind at ease, I thought it was just me. I am 49 soon to be 50 and have had three c/sections. I was considering a hysterectomy about 5 years ago, but for some reason the pain eased off. (temporarily). It always happens in the middle of the month, and I know it is connected to ovulation. I get bloated, cramping, gas pains etc. The pain sometimes is unbearable. I don’t like taking medication, and the gyne I saw a few years back said it was probably scar tissue and adhesions etc. from the three surgeries. He said it would be a tough surgery from all the scar tissue. It really scared me. I also don’t want to be laid up for 6-8 weeks, as I am a marathon runner. You would think exercise would help with this, but it doesn’t. Why does the scar tissue cause so much pain and discomfort? I can’t wait for menopause!!

May 28, 2011 at 3:11 am
(275) Helen says:

Amazing reading these comments, I thought it was just me suffering every month with this!
I get pain down left side, lots of discharge and I look about 5 months pregnant. I also feel totally drained which doesn’t help as I’m a single parent with two children.
I have been to the doctors many times, have had two ultrascans- was told it was gas!! Then had a laparoscopy which found nothing. The only thing that helped was taking Yasmin pill but have had awful side effects so stopped taking if and now the pain is back worse than ever.
I am so fed up and feel like the doctors think I’m a hyperchondriac. I have asked for a hysterectomy and was told at 32 that I am too young. I have really had enough of this ruining my life :(
Hugs to all the other ladies going through this too

June 10, 2011 at 12:25 pm
(276) Beck says:

Anyone else get nausea during mid-cycle or am I just coming down with something. I have had cramps for two days and frequent bowels.

June 12, 2011 at 2:15 am
(277) nancy hoffman says:

Hello very brave ladies who have empowered me to write about my situation so that you can find some comfort and maybe some answers to your pain. I had a hysterectomy about 1 and 1/2 years ago due to Anamoniosis found in the center of my uterus I did not have my ovaries removed. 6 months after my surgery I had cysts on my rt and lt ovary which both ruptured. The pain was sudden and sharp. I was in the ER a couple of time in a 6 month span. Now my symptoms have changed, I have cramping, abdominal pain, lower back pain, pain with bowel movements, and most recently I am tired all the time. What once was an occasional occurance is now a part of my daily life! My last ultra sound showed many simple cyst and one large complex cyst on my right ovary. My right ovary is now completely enlarged. The doc recommended follow up ultra sound in 6 weeks. They suspect Endemtriosis in addition to my ovarian issues. Does Endemtreosis symptoms only occur during certain times of your cycle or can the pain be all month? How does ovarian cancer symptoms differ from Endemetreosis? At first my symptoms only lasted a week or two at most per month but know it is everyday, somedays are better than others but everyday I have one or more of the above symptoms. Any suggestions, ideas, or similar stories with a happy ending?

June 14, 2011 at 10:11 pm
(278) Maria says:

Iím on the verge of tears reading these comments from over 200 women suffering from the same thing that I experience. The women I know personally donít have these kinds of pains so you feel like an outcast or weakling because they canít understand what you are going through. Worst yet, I have an employer who does not empathize. Thank God I have a husband who allows me to squeeze his arms at night until I finally fall asleep!

I had small fibroids removed through myomectomy in 2008 and during that surgery it was discovered that I had severe endo. I have just finished a year of Lupron and we are trying to conceive (I am 34 and have never had children). My year on Lupron was a personal saving grace for me. I have never had a real vacation for fear of being disabled until Lupron. I have read where others did not have a good experience.

There were no visual cysts during a recent checkup. Needless to say, I would like a hysterectomy if we do not conceive in the next 2 months. However, Iím reading that some of you are still experiencing pain after a hysterectomy (?). I will be highly disappointed if I remove my baby making tools and STILL suffer this pain. What would be the point?

June 23, 2011 at 4:45 pm
(279) heather says:

Hi all, Iv also found this site very comforting as i have never come across anyone else experiencing the hell i have had every month apart from when i was carrying my 3 children fornearly 30 years. It all starts anywhere between day10 and 16 my pain is much the same as all you other ladies I have also recently been experiencing diarea around same time the pain at its peak generally in the night is so bad every month i think im going to end up dying its just soo painful.Also it feels to me like somethings loose well im also living for the menapause as im totally worn out after all these yrs im 45 this year so roll on thats what i say. x

July 5, 2011 at 9:52 pm
(280) toni says:

Thanks you – I found it so helpful to read many of these comments, since I too was unnerved when I started getting this kind of severe lower abdominal pain around ovulation.
I first got it a year ago and went for an ultra-sound and was told I had ovarian cysts. This was within a month of going off the Nuvaring. Then I went back on it for a year and when I went off it again so I could have my hormones tested I started having the pain at mid-month again every month so far!
But a new ultra-sound showed the cysts were not as bad as before. So I think this can happen regardless of whether you have cysts or fibroids or not. My pain can last up to a week and is severe especially when I walk or sit or stand or have any pressure on the area. Just like so many of you describe.

It sure helps to know I’m not just nuts or hypersensitive about this! I also notice that no pain killers really work all that well, not even Vicodin which usually helps anything. All I can say is that as soon as I have the blood test for my hormones I’m going back on the Nuvaring!
For anyone who is not trying to get pregnant and who can’t tolerate oral contraceptives I really recommend this device. It doesn’t have to go through the digestive tract so doesn’t usually make you feel as sick as pills if they bother you. And it’s a good contraceptive to boot!

While I was using it I never had ovulation pain, ( which by the way does have a name “mittelschmerz” but isn’t usually described as being as severe as what everyone here has suffered, and they still don’t have a treatment other than avoiding ovulation.)

Progesterone only pills can also help and are sometimes tolerated better than conventional pills.
Good luck to everyone and thanks again for sharing your stories.

July 6, 2011 at 2:09 am
(281) Mikki says:

I am 30 and no abdominal surgeries. I have 3 kids. I have had ovulation pain for years but the last 3 yrs i have had pain so bad i cannot stand it. It hurts with BM and urination, if i stand up too fast, sit too long. I get gas pains also. The only thing i have found that takes the edge off is a prescription of toradol. Narcotics left me nauseated and still in pain. When the pain starts i cannot focus and i am irritable. It is hard to function when the pain lasts for 3 days.

July 7, 2011 at 10:28 pm
(282) Nicole says:

I just can’t believe that I have found people who relate to what I have been dealing with for the past 5 years. I feel like I am getting the flu once a month every month, sick, sore, tired, gassy, and not to mention the severe pain so bad I feel like my insides are falling out. I literally and waiting for the day I sit on the toilet and something falls out because the pressure is so severe. I finally went to another dr. today and I think she may actually be on to something. I have always associated my pain with giving birth but actually while talking to her she was questioning any complications during surgery when I had my gallbladder removed and “lightbulb” My Gallbladder was so bad that the scar tissue had grown onto my liver and they had to scrape it off. So the dr. thinks that it may be scar tissue attaching to my ovary causing the pain every month. I have read everything there is to read over the last year on “middlesmertz” but the symptoms they describe are no where near as severe as what I experience. I am so glad to find out that I am not totally crazy and like many of you have stated in earlier posts, I do not know any other person who suffers from this so it is a lonely place to be…….Thank you for sharing your stories, they make me feel normal. I have an appt scheduled in 2 weeks and hopefully I can find some type of relief.

July 26, 2011 at 3:48 am
(283) Helen - NSW Australia says:

I can’t believe so many women suffer from this. I have had this pain for 2 years now on both sides, a BM feeling is constant and sex is only capable after I’ve taken period pain tablets. Driving a manual car is also very painful. I’m off to a doctor very soon but thank you all for making me feel like I’m not strange and the only one. Good luck to everyone.

July 27, 2011 at 9:15 pm
(284) Lee says:

I’ve had ovulation pain for 3 years. it started when i was 28. I’m 31 now. (no kids yet, no surgeries) it actually started while i was taking birth control. i tried it for one year (makes me too nauseous). i went to my gyno who said it was just Mittelschmerz. had an ultrasound that came back normal. i am extremely regular and always have been. every 28 days on the dot i get my period. and a regular flow. no issues there. my doc gave me a shot of tordol and that didnt even touch the pain. it lasts for about 4-5 days. the exact same time every month to the day. fed up with my doc who i really liked, i went to my alternative medicine doc. he gave me a supplement that worked for 2 months. when i stopped taking it it came back. i decided to see another gyno a year after that to cover my bases of traditional routes (wanted to make sure tests were normal). another ultrasound. normal again. no cysts. she mentioned endo but im not so sure. i get VERY intense pain in my left ovary every month. i feel a ton of pressure in my bowels. and overall bloating and discomfort. i am very healthy. i exercise here and there. i’m skinny. i am on a very strict gluten free diet since i am allergic to wheat. i have a very healthy diet and still get this pain every month. i don’t smoke. drink on occasion. not a regular coffee drinker. ibuprofen works pretty well at keeping it at bay so i can at least sleep at night. but i cant be taking pain pills for 5 days straight every month. and i refuse for any gyno to play guessing games by removing organs. no thanks! i am trying the supplements my alternative doc gave me again and see if it works again. but i think after reading all these posts i’ll be headed back to him for this issue. he’s the only one i’ve gotten some relief from the healthy way.

July 27, 2011 at 9:28 pm
(285) Donna - MI says:

Lee – what did the alternative doc give you that worked?

August 2, 2011 at 4:42 pm
(286) Courtney says:

I have the same pain you all describe, but throughout my lower abdomen and not just on one side, the bloating, and the sleepless nights. Mine starts 7-10 days after my period begins and usually lasts 10 – 13 days. My doctor seems to think I’m exaggerating my condition and suggests nothing at all. I’m sure he thinks I am a complete neurotic who cannot cope with a bit of period pain. I have tried every possible painkiller but nothing helps. I am 45 years old, had one C-Section 20-odd years ago, two subsequent natural births, and 2 miscarriages. This pain has been ongoing monthly for the past 5 years. I have also been admitted to A&E for pain control. Morphine was administered once, and that did work.
I do not for a moment believe this is regular ‘Middlepain’ as that only lasts up to 36 hours.
Good luck girls, we’re in this one together.

August 4, 2011 at 11:43 am
(287) Lee says:

@Donna- it’s called Ovex by Standard Process. There are different types and brands of this kind of supplement. everyone’s regimen will be different so I would advise you to try and seek someone near you. I don’t advise anyone to start taking anything without first consulting a doctor. But he also told me to try it and if it didn’t work he would tweak things. there are a few different supplements. Everyone may respond differently. I have been taking it and waiting until my next cycle hoping it still will give me relief. But I will be making an appointment again to discuss it since its been over a year since I last saw him. And to discuss on how long I would need to take it. I still think it’s very important to consult a doctor to make sure it is safe to take for an extended period of time. I live in MI as well.

August 4, 2011 at 11:59 am
(288) Lee says:

DONNA – It’s a supplement called Ovex by Standard Process. There’s a few different types and brands similar to this. You can find a health care provider near you through their website. I recommend consulting a doctor first. Everyone may differ. And he said if this didn’t work he had other things to try or changing the regimen. So it’s really important not to just run out and start taking something. I had stopped the regimen early last time (over a year ago) because i felt better and people were giving me a hard time about not going to a “real” doctor. So I went back to a “real” doctor and they couldn’t explain it other than saying its middle pain. So I am taking the supplement I still had from last time and waiting until my next cycle. I plan on going back to him to make sure the regimen should stay the same and to see if this is safe to take for a certain period of time. Everyone should still be careful with supplements. And make sure it doesn’t conflict with any medications they may already be on.

August 4, 2011 at 12:16 pm
(289) Lee says:

DONNA – It’s called Ovex by Standard Process. I recommend finding a health care professional that sells this brand. You can search for it on their website. But there are other brands that are similar as well. I had stopped taking if early when I started feeling better and also because people were giving me a hard time for not going to a “real” doctor. Even though I had already been to a gyno. So I went to another gyno who said the same thing as the first “real” doctor. So I had some Ovex left so started taking it again. It’s early to tell but I’m hoping my next cycle I will get some relief. But it is important to seek a professional for dosage. Everyone responds differently. He said to try this and would tweak things if it wasn’t working. There are other supplements that help with this. He is starting with this one first. It’s also important to make sure it is safe to take for a certain period of time and also that it won’t conflict with other medications someone might be on.

August 4, 2011 at 12:17 pm
(290) Lee says:

Oops sorry for the duplicates. It wasn’t going through.

August 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm
(291) Natalie says:

I with you all on this. I have the bloating, and I get that “trapped wind” feeling, that gives some relief when it comes out, but then the pain starts creeping up again. I also can’t sit down too quickly or too hard, as I too feel like I’ve “sat on a broom stick handle”! After taking a whole packet of paracetamol over the course of today, I am now lying in bed in the middle of summer, sweating, with a hot water bottle against my side, ready for a sleepless night. It is usually gone after 24 hours, so roll on the birds singing. :/ The only other thing you guys might want to try is: Icy Hot/Deep Heat sports muscle rubs that heat on contact. The pain remains, but you do get a little relief.

Good luck, and stay strong, and if all else fails, comfort eat, and sulk. xx

August 14, 2011 at 8:57 pm
(292) sonya says:

Hello ladies, Kelly also! Your description wasn’t gross, it was just plain truthful!!! I have had this for years and doctors don’t know what it is! I had a laparoscopy for pain and infertility a month ago and my cycle just came! It was much better than usual but the ovulation was misserable. Again, I had to lay down for 3 hours while ovulating. I just had an IUI this morining to get preggers. The pain is like (this is how I describe it) Like, someone is stabbing me in the ass with a knife! Seriously! I am not joking and the pressure is so bad during ovulation that all my internal organs start to feel swollen and painful. Durring urination and bowel movements the most but even when I walk or try to sit down. I really don’t want this to go on forever. The doc. said that my pain should have gotten better from the surgery but it sure didn’t this cycle. Of course I had 3 ripe follicles on the right ovary so maybe that was a contributing factor. It is totally awesome to find a site like this since obviously NO ONE has been able to diagnose this. The doc. said he got rid of my Endo. but why still the ovary pain? I don’t usually have the pain on my right side. It is almost ALWAYS on my left side so I am hoping it was just the three follicles swelling that was causing me the pain. I have to tell you that it sure is good to not feel that left side feeling like it is being ripped out!

August 18, 2011 at 10:43 pm
(293) katina says:

Hi I can relate to all of this! I’m 27 years old and I suffered from ovarian cysts and still do. Back in 2008 I had laparoscopy surgery to have an cyst removed and found out after the surgery that I had scarred tissues on my fallopian tubes and ovaries and a partial blocked left tube and blocked right tube. He told me that it probably came from an infection which I don’t know how because I’ve never had any std’s. Well he removed the adhesions and unblocked my tubes along with draining my ovaries and told me that It is a 50/50 chance that I will get pregnant. Of course I was sad even though I have a 8 year old but still wanted more kids. After the surgery I experienced abdominal pain and it stopped after 2 months of it. Now all of a sudden years later, I’ve been experiencing lower back pain along with abdominal pain on each side of my ovaries. Sometimes the pain will move from the right side to the left and it feels as though someone is stabbing me on each side and in my back because the pain is very excruciating. It does this every month when I’m ovulating and this just started happening within the last 4 months so I went to the emergency room and they did ultrasounds and drew blood but the only thing their saying is I have a 2.7 ovarian cyst. And they don’t know what’s causing the pain. I’ve taken aleve,advils and nothing is helping. And the pain last from the first day of ovulation and last for a week in a half prior to my next cycle.

August 30, 2011 at 10:56 am
(294) Peggy says:

Wow! I can’t believe so many women have this same discomfort! I am 46 and have been having excruciating ovulation pain over the past 10 years. It feels like everything shifts upward when I sit down. It is painful to go to the bathroom too. I also have this weird leg pain along with it. It starts at my hip and goes down the outside of my leg. It alternates each month according to the side I ovulate on. It makes it hard to sit, walk or sleep. If I take 2 Alieve as soon as I feel it coming on, I am pain free until the next month. My GYN doesn’t seem too worried about it and just says “I don’t know” when I ask her about it. I had a uterine ablasion a couple of years ago for heavy periods and prayed that would miraculously heal me….it didn’t! I sure am glad I found this site. I do not have hypochondria, andI am not going crazy!Good luck ladies!

September 7, 2011 at 4:56 pm
(295) Cas says:

Morning Ladies, cause its 5am in Australia right now and yes I’m in pain and looking for answers. I’m day 11 out from my last period and woke up with what i can only discribe as a hot flush. 30 mins later the pain starts, lower left side, really big knife trying to get out from the inside and varying degrees of all other symtoms. Only ever get it on the left side and only a couple of times a year and lasts only a couple of hours in waves. This started when I was 24, only Child was 6, natural birth and no other pelvic problems . Thought I was dying and rushed to Hospital and after way to many tests doctor said that no my appendicks was not giving birth from the left side [ i was convinced it was}he thought it was Ovulation Pain. No cure live with it. Reading all these stories lets me know I’m not nuts , well in regards to this pain anyway lol and that thanks to the modern age of the internet we ladies get to share whats really is going on with our bodies. Ain’t it grand being a Woman!…Sarcasism lol

September 13, 2011 at 12:56 am
(296) Vinni says:

I hope this will help. I too suffered this pain for many years. I have had ultra sounds on two different occasions over the years with nothing showing up.With the pain so bad at times it reduced me to tears. I used to dread it every month but no longer as I have found a natural product called sport that has helped me.I have been pain free for two cycles now and am so pleased to be able to breath and walk again.

September 21, 2011 at 12:01 pm
(297) cheryl says:

So glad I’m not suffering alone or CRAZY! These pains all you ladies describe are EXACTLY what I’ve been living with for 6 years. My pain is always on the left, aches, throbs like a heartbeat, hurts to sit, ride in car, bend, uncomfortable to sleep, last for a few days. Comes again mid month of cycle. Laproscopy- Diagnosed endometriosis at 22. I’m now 50. Four pregnancies, twins and premature baby/died, 2 cesereans. Had thought maybe I need laproscopy to check and see whats going on but doesn’t seem to have helped some of you. I’ve had MANY vaginal sonograms, CT scans, left ovary is somewhat enlarged and small cysts that come and go, doctors say the cyst are too small to cause pain. THAT IS SO IRRITATING B/C I HAVE PAIN, I live with it for the few days, take ibuprophen. If I had it more than three days I couldn’t stand it. My fear was of missed ovarian cancer you read about. I take comfort in knowing I am not alone, so glad I found this site. Wishing all better treatments for this ovulation pain that is REAL!

September 21, 2011 at 12:01 pm
(298) cheryl says:

So glad I’m not suffering alone or CRAZY! These pains all you ladies describe are EXACTLY what I’ve been living with for 6 years. My pain is always on the left, aches, throbs like a heartbeat, hurts to sit, ride in car, bend, uncomfortable to sleep, last for a few days. Comes again mid month of cycle. Laproscopy- Diagnosed endometriosis at 22. I’m now 50. Four pregnancies, twins and premature baby/died, 2 cesereans. Had thought maybe I need laproscopy to check and see whats going on but doesn’t seem to have helped some of you. I’ve had MANY vaginal sonograms, CT scans, left ovary is somewhat enlarged and small cysts that come and go, doctors say the cyst are too small to cause pain. THAT IS SO IRRITATING B/C I HAVE PAIN, I live with it for the few days, take ibuprophen. If I had it more than three days I couldn’t stand it. My fear was of missed ovarian cancer you read about. I take comfort in knowing I am not alone, so glad I found this site. Wishing all better treatments for this ovulation pain that is REAL!

October 9, 2011 at 4:49 am
(299) joie says:

I too have had almost all of these symptoms that have been discussed on this blog so i won’t go into them in detail. Severe debilitating pain that has increased and turned my life upside down. I want to share with all of you past, present and future viewers that I have found and i’ve heard of many others experiencing great success by having Visceral Manipulation Therapy. There are many practitioners worldwide providing this service I have come to learn. This is a non-invasive therapy that involves hands-on treatment to help remove adhesions that are associated with endometriosis. Usually massage therapists and physical therapists have taken this training and my own personal experience has been profound. Drugs and surgery are treating symptoms, are quite invasive and in a lot of cases make the problems worse in the long term. Listen to your own body and do what feels right to you.

November 2, 2011 at 7:20 am
(300) lucy says:

Hi, I have 3 c-sections, in 2003, 2004 and 2006. The adhesion pain is damn horrendous, feels like someone cutting my stomach from the inside, and big elastic bands being twanged inside me. Mid ovulation, this pain builds and builds and I can’t bear to wear anything but a big t-shirt at home. Been to see my gp doctor, and he kindly said, how long is a piece of string, If i have surgery to laser the adhesions out, more will come in its place. My consultant gynae doctor, said as long as there is no hernia along the c-section scar, then pain killers will be suffice. What a load of rubbish, can’t take ibruofen, cause of asthma, and paracetamol don’t touch it. Got a big overhang tummy, cause of c-sections, that won’t go anyway, and a tummy tuck would not relieve the pain inside, perhaps releive the pressure on my scar. Just fed up of being a ratty bugger before, during and after a period urghhhhh!!!

November 8, 2011 at 10:20 pm
(301) Lori says:

For as long as I can remember, I always got an ache in my left leg a couple days before my period. Once I would start, the pain would be almost unbearable for 2-4 days, then one day I’d wake up and feel just fine. I had a hysterectomy last December, and my doctor found that I had varicose arteries growing through my left ovary and that it could have been causing my leg pain. She left my right ovary, and for the past 5 months or so, I’ve been having pains in my right leg. It starts as a dull ache, then after a couple of days, it’s a horrible pain that travels all the way down to my ankle. I also feel like I have menstrual cramps, which is not possible. It’s very maddening!

November 11, 2011 at 4:00 am
(302) Sarah says:

It is 3am and I am up once again with mid cycle pain..hoping it doesn’t last until my period this time! I have had 3 ER visits, 2 CT’s, 3 Ultrasounds and have been to holistic doc. My OBGYN told me possible Gastro issues so went to the best Gastro doc I could find and had a upper & lower GI scope done…nothing! Ugh! I think my OBGYN thinks Im crazy which is super frustrating!!! I recently went on a non dairy, non sugar diet and heavy exercise regimen (which has been good for the head) still like clockwork here I am in pain!!! i did have a large cyst removed off my fallopian tube 3 years ago but the pain has been the last 4 mths during ovulation so I think scarring is out. I do have a history of cysts on my ovaries, so I think it’s related to that in some way. Hang strong ladies..diet & exercise for the head helps..makes you feel stronger!!!

November 16, 2011 at 1:26 pm
(303) Lee says:

I had posted a comment earlier. My pain is really bad every month. what confuses me most is i have no history of anything. no one in my family does either. And my periods have always been regular and on time. I’ve had 2 vaginal ultrasounds, I finally went to the ER one month just to see what they would say even after reading everyones stories about them not finding anything. They did a CT scan and sonogram of just about every organ. its all normal! So then I went to my gastro doc since when i get this pain every month I have intestinal stuff (pressure in bowels, etc.) I had a colonoscopy done just to make sure there wasn’t anything else going on. All perfect results again. This pain started about 4 years ago. I am now trying to look at environmental changes I can make. No tap water, cut back on dairy, less meat, etc. I am already on a gluten free diet since I have celiac. but the diet change has not affected the pain at all. I am holding off on the laproscope (planning on trying to get pregnant soon). But I am a little worried I may wait too long to start trying and have infertility issues. I hope this pain doesn’t affect me getting pregnant.

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