Ovarian Pain before Menstruation – Causes and Treatment

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December 14, 2010 | Posted by Nathan Michael

Before one or two weeks of the menses, a corpus luteun cystic gland will be formed on one of the ovaries from which the egg would have released. Primarily progesterone is produced from this hormonally efficient gland. The gland will make the ovary to grow big and also heavy for sometime till the cystic area goes out when the menses commence.

The other important change in the pelvic prior to one or two weeks of the menses is that the swelling of veins of the pelvis under the pressure of progesterone. They will also turn like varicose veins of the pelvis and occasionally it gives a burning pain, that will remain completely and mostly till the last week of the menstrual cycle.

When the pain remains only for three days and does not commence before 14 days of the menstrual time and starts only 7-10 days earlier, the best assumption for the pain is enlargement of the ovary situated on the right side. The pain on the alternate sides can be expected if there is due for the corpus luteum gland since the ovulation generally alters 1 month from one ovary and from the other the next month. However, there are many cases where the ovulation happens very recurrently from one ovary even though there is no illness found on the other ovary. Pain will happen for the woman when the ovary pulls on the adhesions during its enlargement to the nearby tissues or when the expansion of the ovarian capsule occurs. When the X-ray or ultra sound test is taken, adhesions will not be visible. But when the ultrasound for the pelvic is taken during the days of pain, then the small cystic spot on the right ovary where the pain is can be seen.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.