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Painful Ovulation – Natural Remedies and Prevention

Every month, when you ovulate, you may feel a twinge in your lower abdomen on either left or right side which to some, radiates up to the anus. This is a sign that you’re ovulating.

Ovulation period is helpful for those who’s trying to get pregnant, and also helps you to plan when not to engage in intercourse if you don’t want to have a baby for the next nine months.

You’re fortunate if you don’t feel any ovulation pain like some women do. Sometimes, this keeps some women from doing the most menial tasks because of such pain and discomfort.

This occurrence of having pain during ovulation is called mittelschmerz, a German word which means, “middle pain.”

Your doctor would recommend over-the-counter meds like Advil or Motrin to help you with your mid-cycle cramping. But if you don’t want to take unnecessary meds in your body, here are some natural ways to cope with painful ovulation, and some prevention tips to alleviate the symptoms.

Dietary Changes

Foods you eat have a direct impact into your estrogen/progesterone balance. Consider these suggestions:

Eat a more balanced diet. Foods with calcium, like milk and leafy green vegetables, weeks before your period can help you feel better and less sick during ovulation period.

Avoid carbonated drinks, sodas and coffee for they constrict blood vessels. The more obstructed the  blood flow, the more pain you will experience.

Keep your body hydrated. Consume foods that are high in water content or drink lots of water. More fluids, less cramping.

Get into heat-generating spices like cayenne pepper, cinnamon, ginger and black pepper. They help ease cramping and pain during ovulation by increasing the blood flow.

Avoid inflammatory foods like vegetable oil, canola oil, and peanut oil; margarine, shortening or any chemically altered fats. These can goad problems like inflammation and affects hormone production.


During ovulation, regular and moderate exercises like walking, jogging, cycling and swimming will stimulate endorphin production which relieves stress and ensures optimal production of estrogen and progesterone.

But be careful not to overdo it. Over-exercising can make the problem worse and slow down ovulation period.

Essential Oils

Essential oils – lavender, chamomile or basil – are useful home remedies to increase blood flow to relax abdominal muscles. Gently massage the oil on the side that you are feeling the pain during ovulation, or apply the oil as a warm compress to the abdomen.

Heat Compress

This is the easiest and fastest way to treat mid-cycle pain. Heat generates blood flow which gives comfort and eases abdominal muscle spasms.


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