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Ovarian pain: what are the causes?

Pain in the lower abdomen during menstruation, intercourse or ovulation? There can be many causes of ovarian pain. Let's take a look.

The causes of pain in the lower abdomen, on the lower part of the pelvis, can be numerous. Whether it is after or during sexual intercourse, during menstruation, during ovulation or even during urination, these pains can be worrying and difficult to live with.

How do I know if my ovaries hurt? 

First of all, it is important to recognise ovarian pain, in other words: pelvic pain, as The JDF explains. This type of pain is located in the pelvis, behind the uterus. How to recognise it? It manifests itself as burning or pinching sensations in the lower abdomen, sometimes even pain in the stomach.

There can be many causes of ovarian pain, here is a non-exhaustive list:

  • Menstruation
  • Ovulation
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Sexual intercourse
  • A sexually transmitted disease
  • Endometriosis
  • Tumour
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • An infection
  • A cyst

What to do if you have ovarian pain?

Rest assured, in most cases, these pains are not serious and are normal, especially in the case of ovulation or menstruation. However, if the pain is unbearable, disabling in everyday life and unusual, it is essential to consult a specialist. 

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