If you have ovaries, it’s not uncommon that they will cause you some pain along the way. But while many women experience pelvic pain, including in the ovaries, the causes aren’t always the same. Basically, the question of why do I have pain in my left ovary? does not have just one answer.
So, what are some reasons that you could be feeling pain in your ovaries? Let’s take a look.
In this article 📝
- Why do my ovaries hurt?
- Why does my left ovary hurt?
- Should I be worried if my ovaries hurt?
- How do I relieve pain in my left ovary?
Why do my ovaries hurt?
Let’s start with a quick spin around the anatomy of these extraordinary organs.
Ovaries are reproductive glands in your pelvis that house and release your eggs.
They are also responsible for producing the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone, which play several important roles in your body, including keeping your cycle in check and supporting pregnancy.
Why does my left ovary hurt?
Here are the seven more common causes of ovary pain:
1. Period pain
Period pain that comes back every month is called dysmenorrhea.
You may feel it in your lower abdomen, back, or thighs.
For some, period pain can be accompanied by fatigue, nausea, and diarrhea.
Why does period pain happen?
Throughout your menstrual cycle, you release a chemical called prostaglandin, which causes your uterus to contract.
These contractions are strongest during your period and can cut off the supply of oxygen to the surrounding tissue, causing pain. Fun.
Period pain usually lasts somewhere between twelve and 72 hours.
2. Ovulation pain
The other name for ovulation pain is Mittelschmerz, meaning “middle pain” in German.
It happens mid-cycle when you are ovulating.
If your pain is on the left, it means that you’re likely ovulating from that side this month.
The endometrium is the tissue that lines your uterus.
Sometimes, endometrium-like tissue grows outside the uterus, including in your ovaries.
Endometriosis pain might happen during your period, when you have sex, and/or when you pee and poop.
You might also experience heavy periods, diarrhea, and nausea.
4. Uterine Fibroids
Fibroids are growths that develop in the wall of your uterus.
They are most common in your 40s and 50s. In most cases, they are non-cancerous.
They can cause pain and discomfort, make your periods heavy, and may cause you to want to pee often.
5. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
This is an infection of your reproductive system that is often caused by bacteria.
Bacterial vaginosis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea can all be at the source.
Other than pain, you might experience strong-smelling, unusual discharge, spotting between periods, and a burning sensation when you pee.
6. Ovarian cancer
Here, tumors grow in one or both ovaries.
Often, you won’t feel anything in the beginning, but eventually, it can cause severe ovarian pain, bloating, and trouble eating and peeing.
7. Ectopic pregnancy
That’s when a fertilized egg grows outside your uterus, usually in the fallopian tube.
Pain and vaginal bleeding are usually the first signs. It can be mild or severe.
Symptoms usually develop somewhere between the fourth and twelfth week of pregnancy.
There’s also a chance that the abdominal pain you are feeling could actually be something else, like trouble with your digestive or urinary tract.
Should I be worried if my ovaries hurt?
If you have pain that doesn’t go away, is very intense, and/or is a new type of pain that you have never experienced before, it’s good to go and get a check-up.
It could just be period or ovulation pain—but there’s no need to delay if you’re concerned.
The doctor may perform a pelvic exam, and in some cases, send you for an ultrasound, CT, or MRI scan so that they can see what’s going on.
How do I relieve pain in my left ovary?
That all depends on what is causing it.
Pain medication with an anti-inflammatory, such as ibuprofen, will provide symptomatic relief.
- For endometriosis and fibroids, your doctor might prescribe hormone therapy and sometimes surgery.
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease is typically treated with antibiotics.
Some other steps you can take to keep the pain at bay?
- Warm baths
- Regular, gentle exercise
- Hot water bottles or heating pads
- Products specially made for cramps, like the OOVI pulse therapy kit
If you experience severe ovary pain in your abdomen area during pregnancy, check in with your doctor.
While aches and pains are common over this time, any constant or severe pain, or pain that gets worse over time, could signal that something is up.
Pain can be very stressful. Reach out to your Peanut community.
You don’t have to struggle through this alone.
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