Mittelschmerz is pain a woman might feel on one side of the belly once a month while she is ovulating. The pain is usually mild. It's a sign that she's released an egg from one of her ovaries. A woman is most fertile—and more likely to get pregnant—when she ovulates.
Mittelschmerz can be used to plan when to have sex to try to become pregnant. But using mittelschmerz to time sex to avoid pregnancy usually doesn't work.
When you ovulate, a mature egg is released from one of your ovaries. Two things happen naturally at this time that may cause the pain:
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
February 25, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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