About twenty percent of women report pain at the time of ovulation. It is considered normal. Painful ovulation is also called mittelschmerz and some women also report feeling nauseous and experience spotting. Since it usually only lasts about 24 hours, specific treatment is not indicated but you may find relief with a heating pad, rice bag (the kind you microwave) and using ibuprofen or acetaminophen, similar to what you might do for menstrual cramps. If it is very bad, birth controls can suppress ovulation, thereby eliminating the cause of the pain. Of course that may come with its own side effects so you must weight risks and benefits.
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Debbie Miller, RN