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Right Ovary Hurts When Walking

author image Kerry L Williams
Kerry Williams has been working as a freelance writer since 1999. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including "Parenting Toddlers with Special Needs," "Christian Parenting Handbook" and online at Hard2Config. Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Ball State University and an associate degree in surgical technology from National College.
Right Ovary Hurts When Walking
Ovarian pain can stop you from walking and performing daily activities. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images

Pain in your right ovary while walking may be a sign of multiple conditions. These conditions range from minor to serious, so determining the cause of your discomfort is imperative to proper treatment. Seek medical attention as soon as pain begins to rule out possible underlying conditions.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Pain in your ovary while walking may stem from polycystic ovary syndrome, which is the most common hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age, according to MayoClinic.com. When a cyst bursts, you will feel a sharp pain. Most women with the syndrome have enlarged ovaries that contain small cysts lining the outer edge of each ovary, which can lead to pain during activity. Irregular or heavy menstrual periods accompany polycystic ovarian syndrome as well as facial hair growth, obesity and acne. More serious complications of this disorder include type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol abnormalities and metabolic syndrome. You may not show signs of polycystic ovary syndrome until you experience weight gain or attempt to become pregnant.


Pain when walking may be tied to endometriosis if you are menstruating. Tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus can grow outside your uterus and this causes endometriosis. This condition usually grows around the ovaries, bowel or your pelvic tissue. Endometrial tissue is capable of spreading beyond the pelvic region. This endometrial tissue breaks down and bleeds during menstruation as it would in the uterus. This displaced tissue cannot exit your body, becoming problematic to surrounding tissue. This entrapment leads to tissue irritation, scar tissue and the growth of tissue that binds organs together. This process can be painful during activities such as walking.

Ovulation Pain

If the pain that you feel during walking is because of ovulation you will experience it in the lower abdomen, within the hip bone. Ovarian pain can occur during ovulation and it lasts anywhere from minutes to 48 hours. Each woman perceives ovulation pain at different levels ranging from slight pressure to sharp pain. Some women feel cramping while others describe ovulation pain as twinges that are barely noticeable. Ovulation pain occurs about two weeks before you menstruate and it is felt on whichever side your ovary that is releasing an egg resides on. The pain will typically switch sides from one cycle to the next but it can repeat on one side for a few cycles.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Ovarian pain during walking may also stem from pelvic inflammatory disease, which can cause abscess formation and long-term pelvic pain. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 750,000 women in the United States each year experience an episode of acute pelvic inflammatory disease, which causes pain in the lower abdomen. As a result, 10 percent to 15 percent of these women may become unable to bare children because of damage of the fallopian tubes or tissues in and near the uterus and ovaries. Pelvic inflammatory disease is responsible for a large proportion of ectopic pregnancies that occur every year. This disease results from infection of the uterus, fallopian tubes and other reproductive organs. It can result from some sexually transmitted diseases.

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