Mittelschmerz Topic Guide
Painful Ovulation (Mittelschmerz): Painful ovulation (mittelschmerz) is the pain that occurs during ovulation. Pain with ovulation may occur on one side of the lower abdomen, midway between menstrual periods, pain can occur every month and may last from a few hours to 2-3 days. Treatment for pain during ovulation include OTC antiinflammatory drugs and prescription birth control pills.
Menstrual Cramps Menstrual cramps are either classified as primary dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation) in which there is no anatomical cause for the pain. Secondary dysmenorrhea refers to menstrual cramps that occur as the result of another medical condition (for example, endometriosis, fibroids, infections, stress, or ovarian cysts). Home remedies for relief of menstrual cramps include OTC pain medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen. Heating pads laid over the pelvic area, massage, or exercise may also be beneficial in relieving the menstrual cramps. In some cases prescription medications may be necessary for the treatment of menstrual cramps.