Ovulation pain


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

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