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Painful Ovulation Diagnosis
No specific test can determine if a woman has mittelschmerz. It is a diagnosis of exclusion - meaning the doctor will order to make sure no other medical problems exist. The diagnosis is confirmed if the test results are normal and the pain is typical for midcycle pain. The doctor may ask the woman to keep a diary of her menstrual cycles to determine if the pain occurs at midcycle.
Painful Ovulation Home Remedies
The best way to relieve midcycle pain is to take an anti-inflammatory medication. Ibuprofen (Advil is a familiar brand name), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), and ketoprofen (Orudis) are available without a prescription and are effective at blocking the effects of prostaglandins.
If anti-inflammatory medicine is not an option or if additional relief is needed, a heating pad applied to the pelvic area may relieve some pain.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/10/2014
Frederick B Gaupp, MD
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