Friday, January 20, 2012

My Mittelschmertz Hurts

So many women look at me like I have two heads when I say that I am having mittelschmertz pain. Most people have never heard that term.  Some ladies admit they have noticed pain or cramping mid-cycle but didn't know it had a name.  
It does!

Mittelschmertz (it's German for middle-pain) is just feeling ovulation. Some women feel it and some don't. It's usually one-sided pain (and it changes sides depending on which side ovulates).  It can be quite helpful when trying to conceive because you know exactly when you are ovulating.  I am ovulating now. At this very moment. From my right side. And it hurts. Sleep, forget it. This pain will last for roughly 6 hours and it is usually too uncomfortable for me to get any rest. 
Apparently only 20% of women experience this pain.  
Do you get mittelschmertz?


Shannon Elise said...

I used to get bad O pain. That was how I could tell I was ovulating. U don't feel it as much anymore. Whenever I was on ferility drugs, they were extra intense. Through infertility, I have learned so much about my body.

Jessah said...

@Shannon Thanks for leaving a comment! If there is one thing to be thankful for, it is how much I learned about my body. It's crazy how little we are taught and much goes unnoticed.

Samantha said...

I get this and I always thought i was sooo weird! haha. I hope you get pregnant soon! In time!

Jennifer said...

I have always noticed and had very uncomfortable mittleschmertz pain! You're right, most people have never heard of it. Sending you lots of love and hugs, as always!

Ashley {Life on the Parsons Farm} said...

Yes!!! I do. I didn't know what it was or start feeling it until after my ectopic pregnancy surgery and removal of endometriosis. Now practically 3 years later I can still feel this phenom.

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