What is Mittelschmerz?
Mittelschmerz is one-sided lower-abdominal pain that occurs in women at or around the time of ovulation.
It strikes some women when the ovary releases an egg into the tube leading to the uterus (womb).In Mittelschmerz the fluid and blood released when the ovum bursts out of the ovary may cause discomfort. Blood is very irritating to the tissues lining the abdominal cavity and could be responsible for the midcycle pain.
Women with mittelschmerz rarely need to go to a hospital's Emergency Department, but some serious medical conditions such as appendicitis and ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy in the tubes) can mimic the pain of ovulation.
Mittelschmerz Facts and Information
Mittelschmerz is a mild pressure or twinge lasting a few hours. But for a rare few, the pain is intense and can last for days. In severe cases, the pain may be mistaken for appendicitis.
Mittelschmerz is present in 80-95% of females and results from either vaginal atresia or imperforate hymen.
Chances are it occurs midway through your menstrual cycle, about 14 days before your next menstrual period. If so, you're most likely having mittelschmerz.
Mittelschmerz Symptoms are as follows:
- Recurrent or with similar pain in past
- Usually sharp, cramping, distinctive pain
- Pain and sometimes cramps on one side of the lower abdomen.
- Begins midway through the menstrual cycle
- spotting of blood from the vagina.
Causes of Mittelschmerz
Cause of Mittelschmerz is basically unknown although there seems to be an increased incidence associated with any other problems.
- follicle growth may stretch the surface of the ovary, causing pain
- An egg being released from an ovary.
- fluid or blood is released from the ruptured egg follicle and may cause irritation of the abdominal lining.
Treatment and Cure of Mittelschmerz
The treatment of is Mittelschmerz not found yet.
Treatment may involve taking over-the-counter pain relievers and following other self-care strategies. If your pain continues to be troublesome, your doctor may prescribe an oral contraceptive.
Here are some ways
- try a heating pad set on low or sit in a warm bath
- well- ordered hygienic mode of living
nutritious and bland diet
- adequate mental and physical rest
- Do not take any laxatives or pain killers unless ordered by your doctor.
- Drink plenty of fluids.