How to Stop Ovary Pain

Ovary pain is a common condition in women. Many women experience ovarian pain as a normal part of the menstrual cycle. After an egg is released in ovulation, it can cause a twinge of pain in the ovary, called mittleschmerz. The pain is felt in your side, right above the hip. In some cases, pain in the ovaries can indicate an ovarian cyst, which can be significantly more painful. Most ovarian cysts resolve on their own, but some do not. Your gynecologist can help you determine the cause of your ovary pain and what actions to take.

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Step 1

See your gynecologist and ask for an ultrasound, which scans the pelvic organs, including the ovaries, using a wand called a transducer. An ultrasound will help your gynecologist discover whether you have a cyst on your ovary and identify the type of cyst, if possible.

Step 2

Wait one to two months for the pain to go away, if the ultrasound reveals that you have a functional ovarian cyst, a byproduct of normal ovulation. These types of cysts are uncomplicated and nearly always go away on their own. Most functional cysts are reabsorbed by the body over the course of the menstrual cycle. If your gynecologist suggests this approach, she will likely order another ultrasound at a future date to make sure the cyst did go away.

Step 3

Undergo surgical removal of the ovarian cyst or entire ovary, which is only necessary in more severe cases. This might be recommended if your cyst is not related to ovulation and therefore will not go away on its own, if it persists through several menstrual cycles or if the cyst has begun squeezing the ovary and cutting off the blood supply.

Step 4

Take the birth control pill if you have recurrent ovary pain. The birth control pill suppresses ovulation, which limits the activity of the ovary--the most common cause of ovarian pain.

Step 5

Take an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, or prescription pain medication, to manage the pain in your ovaries.

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