Whenever you ovulate, your ovary releases follicular fluid as well as blood, along with an egg. For a large number of women, regular ovulation does not produce any symptoms, while in others, women experience discomfort and pain regularly at the time of ovulation. Doctors refer this condition as Mittelschmerz. However, positive thing is that you may easily cope up with your condition based on two important steps, which include-

How To Cope With Mittelschmerz?

Understand The Menstrual Cycle Well. Menstrual cycle refers to the time from day one of your menstrual period to day one of your next menstrual period. In ideal condition, the cycle lasts for 28 days, but when you chart the period on calendars, you may observe either short or long cycle. During the second half of the menstrual cycle i.e. after ovulation, egg fertilization takes place or body of a woman prepares for shedding the uterine lining again.

Stay Aware Of The Time You Ovulate. Ovulation often takes place during the midpoint of the menstrual cycle (ideally 28-day cycle) for women i.e. around 14th day. If you experience Mittelschmerz, you should essentially chart the cycles for a period of few months, so that you may easily confirm the time. Being aware when your ovulation is taking place will help in proper coping with Mittelschmerz.

Note Your Symptoms. If you experience pelvic pain or pain in the lower abdominal area, along with pressure across the midpoint of the menstrual cycle and in case your pain goes away within only one day and never repeat until your next ovulation, you probably experience Mittelschmerz. Other major symptoms to note are pain occurring only on a particular side of the abdomen area at a particular time and pain occurring with nausea and vaginal bleeding. Reason for this is that ovulation takes place only a particular side and it varies with each of menstrual cycles.

Wait And Watch. In case of minor symptoms or symptoms disappearing quickly i.e. lasting for only a few minutes, you do not require doing anything i.e. neither doctor’s appointment or medication treatment.

Over-The-Counter Pain Relievers. You should try few of the basic over-the-counter type of pain relieving medicines to cope with Mittelschmerz. These include naproxen, ibuprofen and acetaminophen, all of which play major roles to relieve the symptoms. Overall effectiveness of any of the over-the-counter medicines may vary among women. However, if you underwent diagnose with stomach or kidney problems in the past, you should consult with your doctor before using it. Besides this, if you notice stomach upset or any other similar type of symptom after you start with medication; you should consult with your doctor to get further advice.

Apply Heat Pad Or Cold Compress Gently. Heating pad or cold compression helps in better coping with Mittelschmerz and related symptoms. Hence, you should make sure applying either of them to your lower abdominal area and repeat the step if required.

Take A Hot Bath. Taking a hot or warm bath is another effective way to cope with the major symptoms related to pain.

Hormonal Contraceptive Pills. In case you fail to get relieve of your symptoms from any of the aforementioned treatment procedures, you should try for hormonal contraceptive pills. Prescribed birth control pills avoid pregnancy, because of which they help in stopping ovulation. If you start with the intake of hormonal birth controlling pills, you no longer are able to ovulate and thus, the Mittelschmerz goes away automatically. Indeed, birth control pills are one and only effective way related to the prevention of Mittelschmerz, as they are able to halt your ovulation completely by suppressing the natural hormones.

Therefore, with the aforementioned simple and easy steps related to identification and treatment of your Mittelschmerz, you may easily cope with your condition and stay healthy even during your ovulation period.

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Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: February 25, 2019

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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