Are Ovulation Cramps Normal?
Most women are familiar with cramps during their period, but what about ovulation cramps? If you experience cramps in between your periods, there is a good chance that you are having ovulation cramps.
Many say that this type of cramping occurs during the actual process of ovulation, when the ovum is making its way to the fallopian tube. As with everything else about a woman’s body, there is no one way to describe ovulation cramps. For some the cramps may last just a few minutes. For others, they will last much longer. Some will feel only mild discomfort. Others will experience more severe pain.
What causes this cramping may also differ from woman to woman. One of the possible causes is the stretching that occurs in the membranes of the ovary. Some feel that cramping may occur as the ovum disengages from the follicle.
Most women want to know if ovulation cramps are harmful, or a warning sign of a serious medical problem. In most cases, they are not. However, if the cramps are accompanied by other symptoms or persist for more than a day, it is a good idea to seek medical attention.
Obviously, pain in the abdominal area can be a sign of a number of medical issues. If the pain persists, is severe, or is accompanied by any other symptoms, such as fever, vomiting or bleeding, it could signal a serious medical problem. The problem could be related to the reproductive system or it could be gastrointestinal in nature. Additional symptoms that should send you to the emergency room include blood in stool, swelling in the abdomen, high fever and dizziness.
If you feel that your ovulation cramps are normal, here are some ways that you can try to relieve the pain. Keep in mind that, for many women, the pain will pass on its own within the space of a day. Still, if you would like some relief, here are some ideas.
If possible, take it easy on the day that you are experiencing ovulation cramps. Obviously, not every woman will be able to do this, but if you can it may make the cramps less severe.
If the cramps are concentrated to a specific area, which most ovulation cramps will be, you may be able to find some measure of relief by using a heating pad. If you must be at work, consider purchasing disposable heating pads that can be attached to the skin and remain undetected beneath clothing. They even make such disposable heating pads specifically for this type of cramping.
If the pain is troublesome, consider taking some over the counter medication, such as aspirin or ibuprofen. If you find that you need to take such medication for more than two days due to ovulation cramps, see your doctor.
If the pain is so severe that you cannot function, you should make an appointment to see your doctor right away. There are suggestions he will be able to make to help relieve your suffering and make your period of ovulation more bearable.