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Do You Have Ovary Pain?

Updated: May 8

This Could Be the Explanation

Throughout the menstrual cycle, many women experience various discomforts, one of which is intermenstrual or ovulatory pain, also known as 'Mittelschmerz.'

In this article, we will explore what this type of pain entails, its possible causes, duration, and, most importantly, some natural treatments that can help alleviate it.

woman touching her belly because of pain

This is what a real ovulation looks like 🤯 (I felt a little twinge in one ovary while seeing it 😂) This can give you an idea of why you might feel this pain.

ovum being released real ovulation woman menstrual cycle

Definition of Intermenstrual Pain or 'Mittelschmerz':

Intermenstrual pain or 'Mittelschmerz' refers to pelvic or abdominal pain that some women experience during the middle of their menstrual cycle, typically around ovulation.

The German term "Mittelschmerz" literally means "pain in the middle of the cycle."

Causes of Intermenstrual Pain:

Intermenstrual pain occurs due to the release of an egg from one of the ovaries during ovulation. During this process, the ovarian follicle ruptures to release the egg, which can cause a small amount of bleeding and irritation of nearby tissues. This, in turn, can trigger intermenstrual pain.

Additionally, the release of the egg can also cause mild contraction or spasm of the muscles in the ovary, contributing to the pain.

**It is important to note that intermenstrual pain is not a serious medical condition and is not related to conditions such as endometriosis or ovarian cysts.**

Characteristics of Intermenstrual Pain:

  • Sharp and/or stabbing

  • Felt on one side of the abdomen

  • May alternate between both sides in different cycles (depending on which ovary is releasing the egg)

Duration of Intermenstrual Pain:

Intermenstrual pain generally lasts a few hours, but in some cases, it can persist for two or three days. The duration can vary from woman to woman and from one cycle to another. It is common for the pain to reach its maximum intensity during ovulation and gradually decrease over time.

Natural Treatments to Relieve Intermenstrual Pain:

  • Application of heat to the abdominal area or a warm bath.

  • Massages in the abdominal area with circular motions. You can use relaxing essential oils, such as lavender, to enhance the soothing effects of the massage.

  • Relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, yoga, or meditation.

  • Herbal therapy: Some herbs and medicinal plants may be beneficial in relieving pain. For example, ginger, chamomile, and mint have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that can be helpful. Consult with a professional before using any herbal remedy.

  • Natural supplements: Some supplements, such as vitamin E and magnesium, may help reduce inflammation and alleviate menstrual pain. However, it is important to consult with a doctor before starting any supplementation.


Intermenstrual pain or 'Mittelschmerz' is a common discomfort that affects many women during ovulation. Although it can be uncomfortable, it is generally not a cause for concern. However, if the pain is extremely intense, persists for extended periods, or is accompanied by other worrisome symptoms, seeking medical attention is advisable.

If you regularly experience intermenstrual pain, you can try the natural treatments mentioned above for relief. Remember that every woman is different, and what works for one may not work for another. It is always advisable to seek the advice of a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and personalized treatment.

It is estimated that 1 in 4 women experiences it at some point in their lives. Have you felt it?


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