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Mittelschmerz (cont.)

Painful Ovulation Treatment

Painful Ovulation Self-Care at Home

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.

  • These medications can be continued as long as needed. If one type does not relieve the pain, try another, because these medications vary among individuals in their effectiveness.
  • Anti-inflammatory medicine can be harsh on the stomach. If there is a history of kidney problems or stomach problems (such as ulcers or reflux), consult with a health care professional before taking this type of medication. Taking the pills with meals may help prevent upset stomach.

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.

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