German for "middle pain," mittelschmerz occurs about 14 days before the next menstrual period.
Symptoms can include dull, cramplike, or sharp and sudden pain. Mittelschmerz usually lasts a few minutes to a few hours, but it may continue for as long as a day or two.
Pain relievers can ease discomfort. Birth control pills also can help by preventing ovulation.
Last Updated Jun 13, 2017