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What are my pains really all about?

By Anonymous May 7, 2015 - 4:19am
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I'm 13 turning 14 and I've had my period previously many times but my last three cycles have been giving me excruciating pains in my lower stomach what are they?

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER and thank you for coming to us with your question.

Your stomach is located on the left side of your upper abdomen, above the umbilicus or belly button. Is this where you are having excruciating pain?

Your ovaries are located on each side of the uterus in the pelvic cavity, which is lower abdomen. Is this where you are having pain?

Do you have pain about two weeks before your period or during your period? Is the pain persistent or does it come and go?

Mittelschmerz is the pelvic and lower abdominal pain that some women experience during ovulation. Ovulation generally occurs about midway between menstrual cycles; hence the term mittelschmerz, which comes from the German words for "middle" and "pain."

The pain of ovulation can range from a mild twinge to severe discomfort and usually lasts from minutes to hours. It is generally felt on one side of the abdomen and may vary each month, depending on which ovary is releasing the egg during that cycle. In some cases, a small amount of vaginal bleeding or discharge may occur. Some women experience nausea, especially if the pain is severe.


May 7, 2015 - 8:58am
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