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Ovulation Pain & Menopause

Updated July 19, 2017

Ovulation pain, or mittelschmerz, is a lower abdominal pain on one side that occurs in women around the time of ovulation, when an egg is released from the ovary. Mittelschmerz can get worse for some women around menopause.

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Mittelschmerz Causes

According to the National Institutes of Health, mittelschmerz may be caused by egg follicle growth stretching the ovary's surface or by irritation to the abdominal lining from blood or fluid released by a ruptured egg follicle. Although mittelschmerz is painful, it is not harmful and is not indicative of any disease.

Mittelschmerz Symptoms

Mittelschmerz is characterised by a distinctive sharp, cramping pain on one side of the lower abdomen. The pain can last anywhere from a few minutes to 48 hours, and begins in the middle of the menstrual cycle.


Menopause occurs when a woman's ovaries cease egg production, typically between the ages of 45 and 55. Menstruation becomes infrequent, eventually stopping entirely, and the body produces less progesterone and oestrogen.

Mittelschmerz and Menopause

According to Dr. Margery Gass at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, mittelschmerz and menstrual cramps may become worse for some women around the time of menopause. Dr. Gass recommends informing your doctor of these symptoms for evaluation and monitoring.

Other Symptoms of Menopause

Menopause may also cause hot flushes, night sweats, insomnia, rapid heartbeat, decreased libido, mood swings and vaginal dryness.

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About the Author

Jules Stark has been a writer for most of her adult life. Her creative work has been featured in college literary magazines, and her non-fiction articles can be found on eHow.com. She graduated from a small liberal arts college with a Bachelor of Arts in art and archaeology, minoring in both classics and U.S. history.

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