4 Quick Facts about Painful Ovulation
Around 20% of women experience ovulation pain at the midpoint of the menstrual cycle when the ovary releases an egg. Fortunately, this pain is short-lived and self-limiting – lasting no more than 48 hours – but its recurrent nature can become a nuisance. Learn more about this occurrence and how Macafem can help relieve and prevent the pain.
1. It Is Medically Termed “Mittelschmerz”
Pain during ovulation is referred to in the medical world as mittelschmerz, which comes from the German for “middle pain”. This is because it happens in the middle of the menstrual cycle, also lending it the name “midcycle pain.”
2. Hormonal Imbalance Is a Cause
The pain can arise due to any of several processes during ovulation:
- The growing follicle putting tension on the surface of the ovary
- Released fluid from the ovary irritating the abdomen
- The egg pushing through the ovary wall
- Contractions of smooth muscles or the fallopian tube
In addition to a woman’s increased sensitivity to pain, hormonal imbalance during the menstrual cycle can make these normal processes unusually painful. Macafem nourishes the endocrine glands and balances hormone levels, helping to alleviate this pain.
3. It Can Switch Sides
In many cases, the pain is felt on one side of the abdomen, corresponding with the ovary that is releasing an egg that cycle. Therefore, whether the pain is on the right or left side of the body can vary from month to month, though some women feel it on the same side each cycle, while yet others feel more widespread pain in their abdomen rather than a sensation concentrated on one side. This pain is described as different from that of typical menstrual cramps.
4. A Heating Pad Can Manage Pain
Heat can relax muscles, relieve cramps, reduce stress, and increase blood flow, making the application of a hot pad a helpful way to ease pain. It can also be alternated with an ice pack. Additionally, soaking in a hot bath can also soothe the pain and promote relaxation.
Fortunately, ovulation pain is not indicative of any underlying problem. Macafem is safe and low-risk – and it can prevent mittelschmerz before it has the chance to strike. Macafem coupled with relaxation and home remedies for pain relief can make midcycle pain a thing of the past.
National Institutes of Health. (2013). Mittelschmerz: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia. Retrieved April 22, 2015, from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001503.htm
University of California, Santa Barbara. (2013). Mittelschmerz (Painful Ovulation). Retrieved April 22, 2015, from http://www.soc.ucsb.edu/sexinfo/article/mittelschmerz-painful-ovulation