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Doctor insights on: Ovulation Symptoms

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil Dr. Kurzweil
Internal Medicine
46 years in practice
University of Sheffield Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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Can ovulation symptoms strike at anytime thanks?

Can ovulation symptoms strike at anytime thanks?

No.: Ovulation pains occur only doing ovulation, which is the process of releasing an egg from the ovary, which occurs approximately in the middle of the cycle (halfway between periods). Pains or symptoms that occur are only ovulation symptoms if they are specifically related to ovulation.

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Dr. Neeoo Chin Dr. Chin
Fertility Medicine
36 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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Is it odd to get ovulation symptoms a few days before ovulating?

Is it odd to get ovulation symptoms a few days before ovulating?

Depends: Days prior to ovulation one can find clear thin cervical mucus, bloating, and cramping. Usually the act of ovulation may not produce any type of discomfort at all. Some may feel slight cramping with ovulation due to the release of follicular fluid or a small amount of blood from the surface of the ovary.

Dr. Gerard Honore Dr. Honore
Fertility Medicine
25 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Would it be acceptable to get ovulation symptoms a few days before ovulating?

Would it be acceptable to get ovulation symptoms a few days before ovulating?

Symptoms: You could normally feel it on either or both those times, there really is no "should" for ovulation symptoms.

Dr. Robert Killian Dr. Killian
General Practice
24 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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Dr. Hugo Ribot Dr. Ribot
Obstetrics & Gynecology
31 years in practice
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
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I haven't been ovulating for 3months all of a sudden I feel ovulation symptoms, what could have possibly changed in my body?

I haven't been ovulating for 3months all of a sudden I feel ovulation symptoms, what could have possibly changed in my body?

Ovulation: It is not uncommon for a patient who does not ovulate regularly and may frequently skip several periods to spontaneously ovulate on her own without medication. Some patients with ovulation dysfunction have periods every 5 to 6 weeks, and some have periods only once or twice a year or even less frequently. The frequency of ovulation in a particular patient can also vary with weight gain or loss.

Dr. Jeff Livingston Dr. Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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Dr. Gerard Honore Dr. Honore
Fertility Medicine
25 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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I took an ovulation test because it felt like ovulation symptoms but the test came out negative. Any ideas?

Not ovulating then: Symptoms are sometimes helpful, but not at all reliable, in predicting ovulation. You might do better using a calendar based on your cycle-length; then a home ovulation predictor could be more reliable for you.

Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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Does ovulation symptoms such as discharge stop once the egg is fertilized?

Does ovulation symptoms such as discharge stop once the egg is fertilized?

No: A woman's body doesn't have any immediate changes upon fertilization because her body doesn't know her egg got fertilized until a few days later.

Dr. Gerard Honore Dr. Honore
Fertility Medicine
25 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Could you potentially have ovulation symptoms days before a period and what does it mean?

Could you potentially have ovulation symptoms days before a period and what does it mean?

Yes: Its possible, but if its a day before your actual period you are not ovulating then. Symptoms can be helpful but don't trust them too much; symptoms do not predict anything exactly.

Dr. Bryan Kurtz Dr. Kurtz
Obstetrics & Gynecology
30 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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I have been on cryselle for almost a year. For the last two months I have had ovulation symptoms. Should I be concerned?

Not likely ovulating: With the pill, it's unlikely you are ovulating. If, by chance, you are, the pill does other things to reduce fertility, like thicken cervical mucus and thin the endometrial lining to prevent implantation. If you are concerned, however, you need to talk to your GYN. Maybe a different pill would work better.

Dr. Gerard Honore Dr. Honore
Fertility Medicine
25 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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What are the differences between menstruation and ovulation symptoms?

What are the differences between menstruation and ovulation symptoms?

Symptoms?: Or mechanism? The huge difference in symptoms is vaginal bleeding with menstruation, not with ovulation. Other symptoms like cramping, bloating, nausea etc.... may be the same in some women.

Dr. Gerard Honore Dr. Honore
Fertility Medicine
25 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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How common is it to have ovulation symptoms while on the pill?

How common is it to have ovulation symptoms while on the pill?

It can be: Ovulation is not common on combined ocp, but it does happen sometimes. Symptoms wouldn't be worrisome either way.

Dr. Gerard Honore Dr. Honore
Fertility Medicine
25 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Are you supposed to still experience ovulation symptoms if you are on the pill?

Are you supposed to still experience ovulation symptoms if you are on the pill?

Sort of: You might experience symptoms 'like' ovulation, but over 90% of the time you will not be ovulating on a combined ocp.

Dr. Jeff Livingston Dr. Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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Can you ovulate 7 days after your period also what are ovulation symptoms thanks?

Can you ovulate 7 days after your period also what are ovulation symptoms thanks?

14 days before: Ovulation occurs 14 days before your next menstrual cycle. If you had a menstrual cycle every 21 days then yes you would be ovulating on day 7. The best way to know if you are ovulating is to use a home ovulation kit available at any pharmacy. This is more reliable that tracking symptoms.

Dr. Omobola Oji Dr. Oji
Family Medicine
29 years in practice
University of Ibadan College of Medicine
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I charted my ovulation and I've had ovulation symptoms these past few days. Now I have a sharp pain on my right side. Do cysts form after ovulation?

I charted my ovulation and I've had ovulation symptoms these past few days. Now I have a sharp pain on my right side. Do cysts form after ovulation?

Yes: Ovarian cyst form in women of childbearing age as a result of ovulation. Most are normal and disappear after a few weeks. However some persists and even grow. Some can rupture. There is a condition called "mittelschmerz" that occurs around ovulation as a result of growth and release of the egg. It can cause abdominal cramping than might last a couple of hours. One in five women experience this.

Dr. Jovita Anyanwu Dr. Anyanwu
Internal Medicine
26 years in practice
Lyceum Northwestern, Dr. Francisco Q. Duque Medical Foundation
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I had unprotected sex 5 days before getting ovulation symptoms, how likely is it I'll get pregnant?

I had unprotected sex 5 days before getting ovulation symptoms, how likely is it I'll get pregnant?

Low possibility: If your periods are regular. Released sperms will not last longer than 3days

Dr. Mary David Dr. David
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2017 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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Can you still experience ovulation discharge while on the pill or any of the ovulation symptoms while on the pill?

Not usually: The hormones in the pill usually prevent the ovulating cervical mucus but they don't always block ovulation and the symptoms associated with a functional cyst and it's rupture at the time of ovulation can still occur. This is most likely with the triphasic pills and least likely with the ones with more active pills in the pack (24 vs. 21). Hope this helps.

Dr. Darrin Cunningham Dr. Cunningham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
26 years in practice
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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I've had my period for 6 years and I've never had ovulation symptoms but since my last ovulation and now my current one, I'm getting them. Why?

Watch and wait: Women will see variations is their cycles and their symptoms from time to time. They will usually fix themselves after 3 or 4 cycles. If it doesn't and you have continued symptoms, see you doctor for evaluation. Good luck.

Dr. Philip Miller Dr. Miller
Family Medicine
43 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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I took an ovulation test which came back negative but I am having ovulation symptoms-headache, vaginal discharge. Could I in fact be ovulating?

I took an ovulation test which came back negative but I am having ovulation symptoms-headache, vaginal discharge. Could I in fact be ovulating?

Tests are accurate: When in doubt, get hormone levels and thyroid function checked by your GYN. Please repeat the test. Headache and vaginal discharge are suggestive, not diagnostic of ovulation and may be coincidental.

Dr. Bruce Pierce Dr. Pierce
Obstetrics & Gynecology
25 years in practice
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
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