I was one those who never paid any attention to her body. As long as I was able to get off my bed the next day, thank God, and I would be onto the next thing. I ignored a lot of things, and did not even bother with matters about my fertility, except my menstrual period, which always had to announce itself every month, with its usual pain.
However nowadays, I’m so attuned to what’s going in my body. If I have headache, I’m looking for the the exact point its coming from, so I can ask Dr. Google. I know now that I ovulate mostly from my left side. I don’t know why, but the pain in that area most months is not a funny matter.
And I’m checking the colour of the blood I produce. I would have turned my nose up at such details previously, but no more. This is my body, if I don’t take care of it, who will? I must understand how it works; like when its demanding plain ol’ water, instead of substitutes.
With the help of the app on my phone, I can calculate, to a large extent, when I ovulate, and the app comes with several symptoms it wants me to tick and cross it, so I pay particular attention to my body on that day. I don’t want to miss anything. The information is not anyone’s but mine, and mine alone.
However, I will share the fact that I have ticked the dull ache option for the last two months now, on the day that the app says it’s my ovulation day. It is not serious enough to cause concern, but if I listen to this machine of mine, the dull ache is there in my pelvic region. I asked Dr. Google and was sufficiently scared. I will refrain from self diagnosing for the near future!!! I have chosen to, instead, dig into the idea of ovulation pain itself. I mean, isn’t having the word ‘pain’ attached to menstruation not enough, now a woman has to deal with ovulation pain. No one should come to me with that talk of weaker sex at all. Upon all these wahala, weaker what?
The truth according to research is that ovulation pain afflicts more than 50 percent of the female population, so justifying why we must talk about it. The symptoms of ovulation pain can include pain in the lower abdomen, just around the hip bone. This pain usually occurs about two weeks before the menstrual period is due.
This ovulation pain can be felt on the right or left side, depending on which ovary is releasing an egg. It however changes from one side to the other, or remains in the same side for a while for some cycles. Now, the pain varies from individuals, based on their pain threshold. However, it ranges from what could feel like uncomfortable pressure, twinges, sharp pains or cramps, and last any time from a few minutes to 48 hours.
However, this pain could also be cover for some conditions and when the pain is going overboard and making life unbearable, that is a definite signal to see a doctor. Here are some conditions that could be hiding under a perfectly normal body function:
Chronic Pelvic Inflammation Disease – Inflammation of the fallopian tubes following an infection, most often caused by bacterial infection, including sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhoea and chlamydia. The inflammation prompts extra fluid secretion or even pus to collect inside the fallopian tube. Infection of one tube normally leads to infection of the other, since the bacteria is able to travel between the tubes easily.
Without prompt treatment, the infection may cause permanent damage to the fallopian tubes so that the eggs released each menstrual cycle can’t meet up with sperm. It can also cause pain during ovulation.
Endometriosis- The other word that my mind thinks about when it hears endometriosis is pain. It is truly a painful condition, and, as you can imagine, if the endo lining present is anywhere other than it is natural dwelling place (the womb), it will ultimately cause pain, during your period, sex, and ovulation too. Other symptoms include; migraines, constipation, headaches, and dizziness. In fact, the pain can seem like a cycle long pain. Surely, you know this is not normal.
Adhesions From Previous Surgeries – If you have had surgery; a c-section or appendix surgery, adhesions and scar tissue that cold form from such surgeries can sometimes rearrange ovaries and surrounding organs, thus causing ovulation pain. Ovaries can stick to the bowel and other organs, causing you pain when you ovulate.
Appendicitis – Inflammation of the appendix can sometimes be confused with ovulation pain. Seek urgent medical help if the pain is on the right side of your abdomen, and if you are experiencing nausea and vomiting.
Ovarian cysts – According to medical experts, ovulation pain is often the sign of cysts on the ovaries. Remember, the ovary is the house of the follicles. When abnormal pockets of fluid develop on the ovary, they are called cysts. As the follicles rupture through, during ovulation, one can feel pain by that action. Women with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) often experience ovulation pain due to multiple ovarian cysts. Cystic ovaries are the result of a hormonal imbalance, usually related to insulin resistance. Cutting out sugar and grains (which cause inflammation in the body) can be highly beneficial to handling the condition.
No pain is normal, that’s why, if it bothers you, it should be checked out.
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