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12 Things to Know About Mittelschmerz or Painful Ovulation


You may not have heard of this condition, but it’s a painful reality for many women. It’s actually German for “middle pain,” and relates to pain halfway through a menstrual cycle, according to the Mayo Clinic.

It’s not usually serious, but it’s a monthly ordeal that can be troubling. Here are 12 things to know about this condition, and how to handle it…

1. What Exactly is Mittelschmerz?

Also referred to as mid-menstrual cycle pain or painful ovulation, this pain in the pelvic area occurs during the ovulation stage (when eggs are released by the ovaries), notes an article from Harvard Medical School.

While many women experience no sensation during ovulation, some face “intermittent or constant discomfort” during this stage, adds the source.

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