Is Ovary Pain doubling you up?

For many women, ovary pain can be a common occurrence. Depending on the phase of the menstruation cycle, ovary pain occurs when an egg is released from one or the other ovary, the sac like structures that house the eggs on either side of the uterus, releasing one egg every month during the menstruation cycle.

Pain in either ovary occurs in about one in every five women, causing discomfort. Often the pain may last minutes to over two days, depending on the woman. Most often, this pain is temporary and is no cause for concern, however there are several theories about what causes this lower abdomen pain.

  • Hormones act as catalysts for the ovaries to make about twenty follicles, and each follicle houses one immature egg. Some theorists state that when the follicle stretches to contain the egg, it in turn, creates stretching of the membranes of the ovary, creating discomfort.
  •  Others believe that pain in the ovary is caused by a ruptured follicle, as the egg grows to maturity, it forcefully exits the follicle. This in turn may cause some minor bleeding and cause pain.

How do I know if I have pain in my ovary?

Some basic signs of ovary pain may be

  • Pain in the lower abdomen, usually located deep inside the hip bone area
  • Often, the pain in an ovary may present itself about two weeks before your scheduled period.
  • Pain may be felt as a twinge, throbbing, or sharp pain that may last a few hours to two days.

What else could be causing this type of pain?

Sometimes, the discomfort you feel deep in your abdomen could be caused by other medical conditions and should be evaluated by your doctor if it doesn’t go away after two days.  Some other causes of lower abdominal pain could be:

  • Inflammation of the fallopian tubes which connect the ovary to the top edge of the uterus.
  •  A cyst located on the ovary that causes pain
  • A pregnancy that has attached the egg outside of the uterus, called an ectopic pregnancy
  • Often the lining of the uterus can grows excessively and continues outside of the uterus  causes moderate to severe cramping pain and discomfort.

Several of these reasons for pain should be discussed with your physician as some conditions would require further treatment.

When you visit your doctor he or she may ask you for a complete medical history, and or a physical exam, including a pelvic assessment.  Blood tests might also be ordered to get a complete picture of your internal health.

If the situation you experience is repetitive and severe, your doctor may also opt to perform exploratory surgery using a tube like instrument that enables him or her to see inside the abdominal cavity.

In most cases, pain in the lower abdomen is intermittent and passes quickly. Being alert and aware of how your body feels helps your doctor determine the possible cause of your ovary pain and helps him or her to offer you the best treatment plan that will increase your comfort and keep you feeling your best.  Ovary Pain Home

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