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Menstrual Cycle (Definition)

The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...Read more


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Why does my left ovary hurt when I have my period?

Why does my left ovary hurt when I have my period?

Cramping: It may be caused by uterine contraction, meaning cramping pain and radiating to left side. If it always happens at same area each period and pain gets worse and worse, then endometriosis should be roles out. Need to see gynecologist. ...Read more

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Have a sharp pain in my left ovary area (if I poke that area it can hurt in response have had pain before) period is 8 days late could it be a cyst?

Yes it could be.: If the egg didn't release on time, there could be a "functional" cyst. But be sure that the late period isn't related to a pregnancy. If there is a possible pregnancy, run a home urine test. The pain may be related to a tubal pregnancy or a corpus luteum cyst which is normal during an early pregnancy. ...Read more

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My left ovary hurts for the first two days of my period and I don't have cysts on them but I have fibroids?

My left ovary hurts for the first two days of my period and I don't have cysts on them but I have fibroids?

Pelvic pain: Pelvic pain is complex as there are several organs in the pelvis. The ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, bladder, appendix, intestines, colon and rectum can all be the source. Pelvic pain requires and examination to help organize the evaluation. There are several treatments for painful periods and fibroids. An Obgyn can help determine what is right for you. ...Read more

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I'm having a sort of grinding feeling during my period in my left ovary. Is it related to perimenopause or a symptom of something else?

I'm having a sort of grinding feeling during my period in my left ovary. Is it related to perimenopause or a symptom of something else?

Grinding feeling: Definitely not a sign of menopause. Possibly it is a cramp from the tube on that side as periods are associated with cramping pain. If the feeling resolves on its own and no other symptoms present and the discomfort is not that bad, i'd just watch it. ...Read more

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Left ovary hurts to push on it. Am on my period. When I urinate sometimes feel pressure on left side?

You could have: A variety of causes, from an ovarian cyst to a pelvic infection. If you are pregnant, this would be a concerning pain. It’s best to be checked out with an exam from a physician. ...Read more

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Skipped period last month got period this month. During period have a sharp pain in left ovary area going trough to anus while on my period.

Skipped period last month got period this month. During period have a sharp pain in left ovary area going trough to anus while on my period.

Possible cyst: It may simply be referred pain since all of our pelvic organs lie on the same muscular bed and pelvic nerves. It may also represent some type of cyst on the ovary as well. Since it is arouond the time of your period, a gyn may be the best to see if the pain becomes severe or debillitating. ...Read more

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My dr took out cyst of the left ovary and suspended during 1st surgery, I still had my period, but I lost period after he took cyst and tube of the ri?

My dr took out cyst of the left ovary and suspended during 1st surgery, I still had my period, but I lost period after he took cyst and tube of the ri?

Periods: Sometimes after surgery or in times of stress, the period can become irregular. However, removing a cyst (as long as the ovary is left) shouldn't cause you to stop ovulating permanently. If your period doesn't return after a few expected cycles, make sure you follow-up with your gynecologist. ...Read more

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Pain after period watery wet sensation since af ended mild cramp in abdomen pinching in left ovary before during and only for 2days after af.

If this is 1st time: You think you maybe at risk for an STI ; get tested. If not and this pattern contines : consider getting evaluation for uterin/cervical pathology such as :polyp or fibroids. ...Read more

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Twice, I've had the same kind of pain on my left ovary during my period. The first time, the pain made me feel bloated. Could this be ovarian cancer?

Twice, I've had the same kind of pain on my left ovary during my period. The first time, the pain made me feel bloated. Could this be ovarian cancer?

Hard to tell/no exam: It is hard enough to diagnose ovarian cancer with an examination and ancillary index of suspicion. It is impossible in this forum to give you an accurate answer without a physical examination by a GYN MD. See one soon. ...Read more

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Hello I have been told I have an ovarian cyst on my left ovary but every time I am on my period both of my ovaries hurt and the pain awful like a 10?

Hello I have been told I have an ovarian cyst on my left ovary but every time I am on my period both of my ovaries hurt and the pain awful like a 10?

Many options: There are multiple options. Hormonal treatments such as birth control pills, Progesterone treatments and the Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud are effective reversible treatments that will help many people. There is also a drug called Lysteda that contains no hormones which will help others. Consider seeing an Obgyn for an evaluation of painful periods ...Read more

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Pain mostly during menustration after having left ovary removed approx 5 mos ago. Intermitten pain between periods. Also have paragard.

Pain mostly during menustration after having left ovary removed approx 5 mos ago. Intermitten pain between periods. Also have paragard.

IBS?: Intermittent abdominal/pelvic pain suggests Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Medical literature reports peritoneal adhesions in nearly 100% of subjects after pelvis/abdominal invasive procedures. Women with Hypermobility Syndrome are particularly prone to significant PMD. See comments: ...Read more

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Pain/discomfort near or on left ovary. What could it be? (i'm about 3 days away from my expected period.)

Pain/discomfort near or on left ovary. What could it be? (i'm about 3 days away from my expected period.)

Cyst?: You could have an ovarian cyst that may or may not have ruptured. It is more liekly to cause pain if it gets twisted (torsion). Most often, it is not a serious problem. However, if the pain persists or worsens see your gynecologist. ...Read more

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Left ovary ache week before period, should I be concerned?

Left ovary ache week before period, should I be concerned?

Change in pain: If this is a new onset pain, have it examined. If you had it for yrs and unchanged in character and quality of pain try some aleve (naproxen) or Motrin during menstruation ...Read more

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I have a complex cyst in my left ovary I haven't had a period for 2 months should I be concerned?

I have a complex cyst in my left ovary I haven't had a period for 2 months should I be concerned?

Complex Cysts..: In a 52 year-old should be followed closely and surgical removal should be considered if it changes or becomes more painful. Typically these cysts and menopausal hormone changes are not related. With the average age of menopause being 52, it is likely that a patient at this age will skip periods regardless of the presence of the cyst. So please keep all of your follow-up appointments and scans. ...Read more

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I'm having a strange pain in my left ovary and not sure why. Already ovulated, period comes in a week, and I'm TTC. Any ideas on what it could be?

I'm having a strange pain in my left ovary and not sure why. Already ovulated, period comes in a week, and I'm TTC. Any ideas on what it could be?

Judge by pain nature: Due to the fact that intra-abdominal pain is not precisely localized, it's hard to advise in your case. Your symptoms could be caused by ovarian cyst (i.e., corpus luteum cyst), chronic adnexal condition if any, urinary stones, intestinal problem to name a few. If the pain is mild and self-limited, most likely it's not serious. If it's prominent and persistent, then Gyn evaluation is required. ...Read more

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Periodic pain on left ovary area just one week before period. Does it signal anything?

Probably not: Not if it's been present for a long time. If it is new, you will need to see doc to discuss it. ...Read more

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Period has been stopped 7 months (except one lasted a day)Although I'm having pain sometimes, being told no problem with left ovary with fluid and fat?

Period has been stopped 7 months (except one lasted a day)Although I'm having pain sometimes, being told no problem with left ovary with fluid and fat?

Hypomenorhea: What have you been told about your L kidney? Specifically, did you undergo imaging studies, pelvic exam, or procedures? Please forward such information before Going any further. Thank you very much. ...Read more

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Why am I having excruciating pain in my left ovary 8 days til my expected period?

Why am I having excruciating pain in my left ovary 8 days til my expected period?

See an OBGYN: This may be a problem w/ the ovulation/egg release process and only a thorough exam can focus in on the issue. Especially if it's more than a twinge - don't suffer. Find out what's wrong and decide on treatment. I hope it's nothing serious, but that's what exams are for. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I had my left ovary removed in oct, and now my period lasts for around 10 days? Is it normal?

I had my left ovary removed in oct, and now my period lasts for around 10 days? Is it normal?

No relation: Having an ovary removed does not affect your menstrual cycles, unless your other ovary is not functioning (rare). Women only need one ovary to maintain hormone levels. I recommend keeping a menstrual calendar. If your cycle continues to be longer, you may want medical management. ...Read more

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Every other period, I have pain where my left ovary should be. I know its not cramps - but its worrying me a bit.

Don't worry: Some women do have left or right sided pain with periods, although this is more common mid-cycle when one ovulates. If there is a pattern of this pain every other month and then it goes away, I would not worry. Women can have unusual pain with periods. Everyone is different, and this is not a sign of anything dangerous. ...Read more

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I have had a dull ache in my left ovary, period was 5 days late, it started heavy (normal) but then stopped in the evening. What is wrong?

I have had a dull ache in my left ovary, period was 5 days late, it started heavy (normal) but then stopped in the evening. What is wrong?

Pelvic pain: Pelvic pain is complex as there are several organs in the pelvis. The ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, bladder, appendix, intestines, colon and rectum can all be the source. Pelvic pain requires and examination to help organize the evaluation. ...Read more

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53 year old Heavy clotting with heavy period for 3 days very usual for me. I had usual pain in left ovary a couple of days before period.

53 year old Heavy clotting with heavy period for 3 days very usual for me. I had usual pain in left ovary a couple of days before period.

Irregular bleeding: This is may be normal but you should take a pregnancy test if it is even a remote possibility. Wait and see what happens. If you are concerned see your doctor. ...Read more

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My period was abnormally a week late and when I did get my period I experienced pain in my left ovary. Even now, after my period, I have pain. Why?

My period was abnormally a week late and when I did get my period I experienced pain in my left ovary. Even now, after my period, I have pain. Why?

Possible ectopic: Make sure to check a pregnancy test. If that is possitive then yu need to be seen by a doctor. If not pregnant then it is possible that you have a bleeding cyst on the ovary. If this isn't the case, then one has to consider the possibility of endometriosis. You mention that your ovary hurts but it could also be something else on the left side. ...Read more

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Hemochromatosis: is it possible to be in 30's & post hysterectomy (have left ovary) to have symptoms develop over a 2 yr period? Testing? How is dx?

Hemochromatosis: is it possible to be in 30's & post hysterectomy (have left ovary) to have symptoms develop over a 2 yr period? Testing? How is dx?

Hemochromatosis: It is hereditary disease and has nothing to do with your operation and age. It starts in child hood and diagnosed in 50's&60'. The tests are hemoglobin, hematocrit, serum iron, tibc, %saturation, ferritin. Gold standard for diagnosis is liver biopsy with dried tissue iron & deposit in tissue. Mri is also used. Later family screen and counseling done. Good luck. ...Read more

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The usually paired female or hermaphroditic reproductive organ that produces ova and, in vertebrates, estrogen and ...Read more


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