I'm experiencing ovulation pain on the left side. Is this something I should be concerned about?
For most women, ovulation is a once-a-month occurrence that sometimes comes with a twang of pain. When we ovulate we release an egg from either our left or our right ovary. Sometimes the pain can cause a mild irritation known as "mid-cycle pain," meaning that it occurs midway through your menstrual cycle.
According to the many leading health organizations, about 1 in 5 women experience some discomfort when they ovulate. This can be a mild tinge of pain that lasts only for a few minutes, or it can be a full day of mild discomfort.
Generally, ovulation pain doesn't indicate a problem; however if the pain is accompanied by severe bleeding, severe nausea or shortness of breath please consult a doctor immediately. If the pain in your abdomen is so severe that it interrupts your daily routine, go to a hospital immediately. Likewise, even if mild pain persists for more than one day you should consult a physician.
If you're experiencing ovulation pain that means you're probably in the perimenopausal stage (the stage leading up to menopause). You won't be in full menopause until your periods cease for a full 12-month duration – which means you will no longer produce eggs from your ovaries.
Symptoms of normal ovulation pain include slight discomfort in your lower abdomen (near either of your hip bones). It can also include a sharp pain or cramp-like sensation on the right or left side of your abdomen. Your ovulation pain will occur either on the left or right side of your abdomen, but not in both simultaneously. It will depend on whether your right or left ovary is releasing an egg that month.