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My ovulation pain has become so regular that I could probably throw out my calendar and I would know exactly when my day 14 is. Some months I have cramping for an hour or so and then it fizzles out. Some months, however, the effects of my ovulation pain seem to last until my period. This month, for example, I had pain on day 14, the next day I passed some pinkish grey discharge, and have since felt a fullness or heaviness and some bloating. I also have some sharper cramping pains that come and go. This doesn't happen every month, but when it does it messes with my sex drive because orgasms cause mild cramping for a few moments. I know I have had ovarian cysts and my doctor has taken good care of me, but birth control isn't an option for me (I don't react well and my husband has had a vasectomy) so I don't know what to do. I know that technically my body is working as it should when it should, but I'm sick of my aching uterus. Is there anything I can do? Please help!
I’m sorry you are having such a tough time at ovulation. Ovulation symptoms are extremely common, 1 in 3 women can have the full spectrum of ovulation symptoms – including uterine cramping, increased discharge, breast tenderness, etc. For some, ovulation symptoms can be pretty intense and can feel as intense as a painful period. Sometimes this pain can last a few hours to days or it can continue for the remainder of the luteal phase until you get your period. Options to help with this pain is a heating pad and ibuprofen for the cramping. In addition, you could consider birth control to help control the symptoms. I’m sorry that you don’t react well to birth control, have you considered a progesterone only IUD? If you haven’t reviewed these symptoms and patterns with your doctor, I would bring it up so we can make sure there aren’t any underlying medical issues which could be causing your ovulation symptoms to be more intense like endometriosis or fibroids.