What does it Mean when you have Pain in both Ovaries?
Ovulation pain on both sides means your left and right ovaries are both trying to release a matured egg during the same ovulation cycle. This is a term known as bilateral ovulation. Normally and for most women, they release an egg(ovum) either in the left or right ovary.
According to a scientific research the ovaries do not necessarily, take turns to ovulate each month. For example, ovulation may happen in the left ovary for 3 consecutive months.
Contrary to popular belief, that ovulation takes turns each month between the left and right ovary.
So if you are one of those women have pain in both of your ovaries during ovulation I am here to tell you why.
Causes of ovulation pain both sides
The main cause of pain before, during or after ovulation is as follows:
Developing Follicle: The egg grows and matures in the follicle. The follicle is produced by the ovary by the instruction of the female reproductive hormone estrogen.
Ovulation Pain is caused as the follicle grows in size and expands in the ovary.
Having pain in both ovaries, simply means both ovaries have a developing follicle that is growing one or more eggs to maturity.
Ruptured Follicle: When the follicle is fully matured it releases an egg in the process called ovulation. The matured egg is released into the fallopian tube.
The reason for pain mittleschermz during ovulation is because the egg bursts through ovarian tissue to get into the fallopian tube.
This could cause a slight bleeding or spotting during ovulation.
Not all women, notice when this pain is happening. As the pain could be dull while some women have intense pain during ovulation.
Ovulation pain can last for 48 hours or even days after ovulation, so it is possible to feel pain in both ovaries days apart.
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Does Both Sides Ovulation Pain results in Twins?
Fraternal twins are conceived when two or more eggs are released from one or both ovaries.
The ability to release more than one egg in a cycle is known as hyper-ovulation.
Hyper-ovulation is genetics and it is caused by the twin gene.
Because fraternal twins come from two separate eggs, it is possible to conceive twins if you released one egg each from both the left ovary and right ovary.
It is also possible to have fraternal twins by releasing 2 eggs from just one ovary.
ovulation cramps on both sides while on clomid
Clomid also known as clomiphene is one of the most prescribed fertility drugs for women suffering from infertility.
According to a study, 25% of infertility problems in women is related to ovulation.
One of the functions of clomid is to help women who have a irregular ovulation or who don't ovulate to ovulate.
Clomid works by stimulating the ovaries to produce more follicles.
The production of more follicles would increase the chances of having multiple pregnancies.
So basically, if you are taking fertility medications such as clomid then you stand a very good chance of releasing multiple eggs from both of your ovaries.
Clomid also increases the chances of having triplets or quadruplets.
Twins conceived through clomid are mostly non-identical twins.
It is possible to feel ovulation cramps on both sides and even lower back pain during ovulation.
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other Causes of lower abdominal pain/Ovary Pain
There are some other reasons you could be experiencing discomfort pelvic pain. The other common reasons are:
- Ovarian Cyst
- Ovarian Cancer
- Pelvic Inflammatory Diseases
- Kidney Stone
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Treatments of both sides ovulation pain
If the pain is mild and dull, take a hot bath or use over the counter pain killers like paracetamol.
But If trying to get pregnant, then you avoid over the counter painkillers such as ibuprofen.
If the pain is extreme and intense then you should see a Doctor or Gynaecologists.
If undergoing fertility treatments and taking fertility drugs or Ivf medications then the pain may be due to the drugs stimulating your both ovaries to release an egg.
But remember to tell your Doctor about how you feel if you notice an usual pain in your monthly menstrual cycle.
In conclusion, ovulating from both sides is hereditary and increase your likelihood of having multiple births.