How Long Does Ovulation Pain/Cramp Last?


Ovulation Pain is also known as mid-cylce pain or mittleschermz (german name meaning middle pain).

​It's the pain that's associated with the release of an egg(ovum) from the ovary.

According to statistics, about 1 in 5 women experience ovulation cramps and pain during ovulation.​

How Long Does Ovulation Pain Last?

The duration of ovulation pain varies from woman to woman. It can last from a few minutes to 2 days. And this is perfectly normal for a woman to have ovulation pain for 0-2 days.

However, ​if you experience severe ovulation pain it could be due to one of these medical conditions:

  • Endometriosis
  • Scar Tissue
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases

If your ovulation pain lasts for more than 3 days, then see your doctor.

In addition, if you experience heavy bleeding or spotting alongside ovulation, seek medical help.​

Signs and Symptoms of Ovulation Pain

The Symptoms of Ovulation Pain include but not limited to:

  • Pain in the lower abdomen, inside the hip bone
  • Ovulation Pain usually occurs about two weeks before your next menstrual period is due.
  • The pain is felt in either the left side, or right side ovary, depending on the ovary releasing the egg.
  • The pain can be sharp or dull or even a sudden pricking and twinging pain. For most women it is uncomfortable.
  • The pain may rotate between the left side and right ovary each month or depending on the ovary that is responsible for the release of the egg that month.

How Long After Ovulation Pain do you Ovulate?

Wanting to know when after ovulation pain you are going to ovulate?

You may experience ovulation pain before ovulation, during ovulations and even for 1-2 days after ovulation.

So it's difficult to say exactly, when after a pain or cramp you are going to ovulate.

The most accurate ​way to detect ovulation or keep track of ovulation, is by using ovulation test kit or ovulation calculator/calendars (for months to keep track of ovulation).

You can also make use of fertility monitors to predict you most fertile days.

Whilst, the pain/cramp is a sign of ovulation you can't simply depend on this alone.

Ovulation pains shouldn't be the only method to use to predict your best conception days.​

What do Ovulation Pains Feel Like?

The nature of ovulation pain varies from women to women.

For some women the pain is a sharp twinging and prickling pain that is similar to menstrual cramps.

Some women describe the pain as a pulling effect with a cramp-like pain.

While for other women the pain is dull and mild and not even noticeable.

Does Ovulation Pain Occur before or After Ovulation?

Ovulation pain or cramps can occur prior to ovulation, during ovulation and after ovulation.

Prior to Ovulation, ovulation pain is caused by the expanding follicle stretching the membrane of the ovary.

During Ovulation, the breaking of the egg through the walls of the ovary causes the pain or cramp. A small amount of fluid is also released or a little amount of blood.

Ovulation Pain Relief - How to Stop Ovulation Pain

Painful Ovulation can be treated by:

Simple Home Remedies

Taking a Hot bath or make use of a hot water bottle.

Using Over-the Counter painkillers such as paracetamol.​

See the Doctor

If you have a severe pain or heavy bleeding associated with your ovulation, then you should see a doctor who would examine you.

Birth Control Methods

Some birth control Methods stop ovulation. Using a contraceptive pill or contraceptive implant can stop ovulation pains.

How Long Do Ovulation Symptoms Last

​Ovulation symptoms can last between 3-5 days. Symptoms such as :

Increased Libido

Breast tenderness

Increased energy levels

Water retention

Basal Body Temperature drop

​Related Topics

Cramps After Ovulation

Cramps After Sex

Ovulating too early?

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