Ovary Pain: Six Things Women Need to Know About Ovary Pain and Ovarian CancerNearly half of all women experience ovary pain at some point in their lives. The good news about ovary pain is that it is almost never due to ovarian cancer, and even women who have ovarian cysts seldom develop cancerous tumors.
Ovary pain, however, can be a significant disruption to life unless it is properly treated. Here are six things every woman needs to know about ovary pain and ovarian cancer.
Ovarian pain in the middle of a woman's period is typically due to ovulationAbout 11 to 15 days after a menstruation, a follicle in one of the woman's ovary bursts to release an egg for possible fertilization and implantation into the lining of the womb. Also known as mittelschmerz, this kind of ovarian pain is unpleasant but nothing to worry about as long as it is not intense pain, and it is not a kind of pain that the woman feels spreading to other parts of the body.
Mild to moderate ovary pain may be the result of a hemorrhage in an ovarian cyst.The term "hemorrhage" sounds serious, and it often is, but when an ovarian cyst hemorrhages, it tends to bleed inside rather than out. The blood clots, making the cyst solid. When the cyst becomes solid, it interferes with the normal movement of the uterus. Fortunately, hemorrhages in ovarian cysts usually dissolve on their own in a month or two without any medical intervention and without causing any complications.
Mild to moderate ovary pain may be the result of a ruptured ovarian cystAgain, the term "rupture" sounds seriousóbut the simple fact is, every time a woman ovulates, a "cyst" around the egg has to rupture to release it into the fallopian tubes. This occurs around the midpoint of a woman's menstrual cycle. When the same kind of pain occurs at other points in a woman's period than the expected date for ovulation, particularly after vigorous exercise, physical injury, or vigorous sexual intercourse, then the pain may be a ruptured ovarian cyst.
This kind of ovary pain also resolves itself, usually in about a week, although the hormonal changes that occur right around a woman's period make the pain much worse.