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Ovarian Pain

I occasionally have a dull ache in my left ovary area. The pain does not last for very long, but I do get this outside of the time I am supposed to be ovulating. I don't think its out of the ordinary, but as I get older (I am 37) I have become more aware of my body

I am made an appointment with my doctor about this, but until then, I was wondering if anyone knows what this could be? Or could it be nothing? Do other women have this? I do not have the pain very often, I just think its curious that it happens during times when ovualtion should not be happening (I chart my cycles)

I may be overreacting...

Thanks for any insight!

Fri. Aug 24, 11:25am

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Friday, August 24, 2007, 11:28 AM

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omg 11:28 what is wrong with you how dare you say something so cruel!

OP Just sounds like you are ovulating to me, as we get older our bodies just act differently. It is good to see your doctor but I don't think you need to worry.

Friday, August 24, 2007, 11:31 AM

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Is this the only thing that could cause such pain?

Friday, August 24, 2007, 11:31 AM

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Thanks 11:31.
I think it could also be a cyst....I have read about that...

Friday, August 24, 2007, 11:33 AM

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could be bowel pain. When you ovulate you have a horemonal surge which effects your whole body. Your bowels share the same area and it could just be bowel pain. Talk to you Dr. and they'll let you know if it's something to worry about.

Friday, August 24, 2007, 11:33 AM

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I am 41 and just started getting that pain also about 39, went to the doctor and just as a previous poster stated it was ovulation and my body getting older. Nothing to worry about, but always good to get checked out.

Friday, August 24, 2007, 11:36 AM

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Hey OP-

I get pains like that in my ovaries very often-sometimes i feel it for a couple of days and then I may have months where I never have a pain at all. I've had an ultrasound done (no cysts or fibroids), had a couple of pelvic exams, all sorts of blood tests etc. and everything is normal. The whole menstrual cycle/process is pretty complex and we have several hormones rising and falling throughout the month, all of which can contribute to pain, mood swings and other issues.

One possibility is endometriosis. Endometriosis is difficult to diagnose (it often requires surgery as endometrial tissue doesn't show up on ultrasounds) so you would need to have several other signs pointing in that direction before a doctor would go that route. Endometriosis usually causes pain in several parts of the lower abdomen as the tissue travels and implants itself outside of the uterus, bladder etc.

What you are feeling is probably very normal and as long as you aren't having any other abnormal symptoms, I wouldn't worry much about it. It's probably just your body doing it's thing-our cycles and hormone levels change throughout our lives. Hang in there.

And just so you know-cancers of the reproductive organs are not likely to cause random pain in the ovaries. That poster should have hers removed-vile creature!

Friday, August 24, 2007, 12:21 PM

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Great response by 12:21 poster

I was just coming on here to say almost exactly what the poster above said, though I haven't gone through pain and testing, her information is 100%. I'm a peer educator for my college's health clinic, and while that definitely doesn't make me an expert, we get pretty well trained by medical staff about common questions like that. You're right to go get checked out by a doctor, but as several posters have already said, don't stress about it too much in the interim - it is probably nothing more than a menstruation- or digestion- related movement -- uncomfortable, but not dangerous!

Friday, August 24, 2007, 12:40 PM

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I'm only 16

I am sixteen and getting slight aches in the ovary area, i've talked to my mom about it and she said that she may take me to a doctor but i'm just curious. I know I'm pretty young, but I have thoughts on my body and i want to stay healthy and live long.

Monday, March 30, 2009, 11:44 PM

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Anytime you have an unusual (meaning not usual for you) pain or discomfort, you should talk to your doctor about it. The doc will ask you lots of questions to help get an idea of the scope of the problem, which will help diagnose it.

It may be nothing more than ovulation. Or a cyst. By the way, ovarian cysts come and go frequently on just about every woman, whether you feel them or not.

Or it could be something else. Like endometriosis, as mentioned above. Or digestive issues, constipation, bowel blockage, and many more possibilities.

As long as you're not bleeding brown or rusty colored, don't jump to the conclusion that it's ovarian cancer. But -- if you do have brown or rusty colored blood, see your doctor ASAP. That is one of the visible symptoms of ovarian cancer. (other symptoms that are also symptoms of tons of other things: bloating, frequent gas pain and release, lower back pain)

Tuesday, March 31, 2009, 11:50 AM

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