Occasional sharp pain left ovary?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper

My close friend has the same issue. Her doctor ran tests but confirmed it was just her ovulating. He said she feels it more because she’s small/thin.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@skipper2010:  It could also have nothing to do with your ovaries. Your descending colon is actually in the same area as your left ovary, and your descending colon is the last stop in your body for…well, you know. It travels up the right side (to your right of your navel), across your stomach (over your navel), and down the left side and eventually out. So it’s not uncommon to feel twinges in your colon while your body is moving things arounds, preparing for a Bridesmaid or Best Man, etc. Especially if you’ve eaten something perhaps dense, like rice or a bagel or something. 

Everyone’s stomach processes food differently, so it might just be certain things that cause you to ‘bulk up’ a little bit and that’s what you’re feeling. Obviously, if it’s really painful or becomes more consistent, see a doctor. 

Another possibility is just gas :/

Feel better!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

I get that stabbing pain too. My doctor said it was just the egg moving through my ovaries with the cycle. I doubt it’s too big of a deal, but there’s no harm in checking!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’ve been told the same thing-ovulation.  It sure is painful, though!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I get that too, and only if my left (weird). After I started charting, I realized it totally corresponded w/ ovulation (even though I was on the pill…yikes!). It sort of feels like gas pains, sometimes like a pinch or a an ache, but it usually only bothers me for about a day or so. Maybe start marking down when you get it and other symptoms as well (gas, other aches, etc) to see if it lines up w/ a certain time in your cycle….or certain foods.

ETA- charting (FAM method) could help, too. If your hormone dose on BCP isn’t high enough, you could be ovulating, even though you’re not supposed to. That would be more precise than just marking down when you feel the pains.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

This is EXACTLY how my endometriosis started, but it could be any number of things – ovarian or GI-related.  Not to get you worried at all, but I would get the pain checked out as soon as possible because if it is something like a cyst or endo, you want to know sooner rather than later.  Have you had any changes in your digestion lately?  That would indicate a GI-related issues.  If not, other common causes for this type of pain could be ovarian fibroids or cysts, which can cause exactly this type of pain and are no big deal.  A couple of tests that your doctor will probably want to run are a GI workup and a pelvic ultrasound to check for fibroids.  If you are on BCP, it is NOT ovulation, but it could be pain associated with the time you would ovulate – your ovaries contract and expand around ovulation/in the prescence of certain hormones, so if you have any type of growth on or around your ovaries, you are going to feel some pain.

I would start keeping a calendar of when the pain occurs in relation to your cycle and pay attention to whether it is worse or associated with eating (if so, what foods), time of day, bowel movements, time of cycle, etc.  Also try to describe the pain on your calendar and track how often it happens per day.  All of this information will be extremely helpful to a doctor.

FWIW – here is how my pain manifested:  While on BCP I would get gnawing pains that were more annoying than painful mid-cycle on the right-hand side of my abdomen where my right ovary should be.  I knew I was not ovulating so I chalked it up to hormones.  When I asked my doctor about it she said not to worry unless I started manifesting symptoms of appenditicitis (also in that same area – but nothing you need to worry about if your pains are only on your left side).  I was not having any GI symptoms or changes in my digestive system.  When I went off BCP in May 2011, I started noticing that the pain was increasing each month and sometimes I could also feel it on the left side.  After a couple months of tracking the pain, I saw my doctor, had some tests that ruled out any type of cyst/tumor/fibroid, and then started seeing a pelvic pain specialist, who gave me a probable diagnosis of endo.  I learned then – by asking questions – that it runs in my family.  My grandmother has a hysterectomy at 36 to get rid of her endo and my mom has it, but has never really had to do anything about it because she was been on BCP from age 15 until menopause (except when she was KU with my sister and I).  After all these months of monitoring the pain, I know that it definitely associated with ovulation – the pain is pretty much always there but gets really intense in the week leading up to O.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@skipper2010:  No.  Endo can ONLY be diagnosed through a surgical procedure known as a laparoscopy.  If they suspect endo, many doctors will just want to put you on BCP because that is the best known way to keep endo in check.  A lap will generally only be recommended if you have such intense pain that you can’t deal with it or if you are TTC (raises hand…).  Because you are already on BCP, I would recommend seeing a doctor and asking about other possibilities.  I obviously had some endo pain while on BCP, but I think that is pretty rare – and the pain was MUCH worse once I ditched the pills.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

I second the idea of keeping a calendar, if it’s a continuing problem your doctor will probably ask you to do the same thing. This way you’re one step ahead!

Funny trivia: Ovulation pain is called mittelschmerz! I think it’s a great name for a not-so-great thing. If your pain occurs right around day 14 of your cycle that is probably what it is. It could also be cysts. If you are ever in sever pain they will probably run an MRI. They did this for me one time and it turned out I had a cyst that was causing me intense pain, but it had finally ruptured (which is why it had been extremely painful that morning).

 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

@skipper2010:  That’s too bad. With such an erratic schedule are you sure it’s related to your period? As Heartly said there’s actually a couple of non-period related things it could be. The fact that you are still in pain immeadiatly after your period seems a little odd to me. If your concern is endometriosis, endometriosis associated pain is supposed to be the worst when your hormones are the most elevated. I would really consider going to your primary care physician, or even urgent care if you think it’s really serious and can’t get an appointment. You know your body better than anyone and if you think something is really wrong don’t be afraid to go to a doctor and get help!

Also, have you taken a pregnancy test? I know you mentioned it’s a continuing problem but if it just got much worse it would be a good idea to rule out ectopic pregnancy.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Batgirl – Good call on taking an hpt to rule out an ectopic (which are more common in pregnancies that occur while on BCP).

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