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Ovarian Pain During Pregnancy

Ovarian Pain During Pregnancy

When a woman gets pregnant, there’s going to be some pains that are inevitable and other pains that should be reported immediately to their doctor. Some pains occur early in pregnancy, some occur later in pregnancy and others occur throughout the entire pregnancy term. Still, if a woman experiences pain in her ovaries, it’s never a good sign. Pain in the ovaries, abdomen, pelvic area, or vaginal area should be reported to a doctor immediately, regardless of which trimester you’re in, but especially if you’re feeling ovary pain in the first trimester. This could be a sign of something more serious such as:

Pain in the ovaries can happen once or become a chronic problem, so it’s important that you have yourself checked if you’re feeling pain in this area.

Possible Causes of Ovary Pain

If this is a woman’s first pregnancy, it may be hard to tell if the pain is actually in the ovaries or somewhere else in the same area. If you’re not sure, you should always seek medical attention, however, ovarian pain can be the cause of other problems such as:

  • Kidney Stones
  • Gall Bladder Infection or Disease
  • Constipation
  • Appendicitis
  • Bladder Infection or Urinary Tract Infection
  • Ovarian Cysts
  • Bacterial Infection in Area

It’s very easy to mistake pain in the ovaries and other reproductive organs with pain in the abdominal and pelvic areas. This is because all of these organs and parts are located in the same lower region. Many women experience ovarian cysts as the childbearing age comes and goes. If you’re thinking about getting pregnant, are prone to ovarian cysts, or have ovary pain before you’re pregnant, you should seek medical attention and figure out the problem. The cysts could be cancerous, and pregnancy is never a good idea if ovarian cysts are involved.

Nausea is almost always coupled with ovary pain. If you’re experiencing nausea with your pain, be sure to first tell your doctor. He or she may then advise you to begin eating smaller portions of food less times per day. If you’re pregnant and are having sexual intercourse, you may also feel pain in your ovaries. Unfortunately your doctor may advise you to stop having sex until he or she can determine the cause of your pain, and whether or not sex should be happening. Sex during pregnancy can aggravate other organs within your pelvic and abdominal areas, causing pain, so it’s best to seek medical attention.

Treating Ovary Pain

When it comes to treating pain within your ovaries, it varies. Your doctor must first determine whether the pain is actually in your ovaries or in another organ in close proximity. Once your doctor diagnoses you, he or she will then be able to advise you or give you the proper medication to reduce the amount of pain.

[Page updated December 2014]