Infertility/Fertility/Painful ovulation


Hello, I am writing from Huntington Beach, Ca.

I've always had painful ovulation but I guess that is very common, and the pain usually subsides quickly so it's not a big deal. My cycle is very hard to keep track so I rarely try unless I see a pattern lasting longer than 2 months. I skip a few times a year. I believe it may be from being so active and anemic? Following a calendar has proven to be unreliable in my case and I have had to train myself to watch for body signals to tell me. Reason for me telling you my history is that I want to be clear that I have had to rely on being very aware of what my body feels so I know when I am ovulating and how I feel the day before I start my period so I don't have any embarrassing accidents. I know what it feels like when I am ovulating, I can't really deny the pain.  

My question for you is would it be possible to ovulate 2 times during one cycle, a week apart? My cycle has been fairly regular the past 3 months. I'm currently on a 29 day cycle. I felt the mittlesmirtz on the day I was supposed to ovulate. It is now 8 days later and I am feeling the same pain of an egg being released. Is that possible? If it isn't possible, what does it mean?

Thank you!

Hello Alaina from the U.S.(California),

No, you can't ovulate twice within the same month.  It is possible that the second pain may be due to a cyst formed after ovulation (corpus luteum cyst) and that cyst is causing pain because it is large or because it bled a little.  There is no way to know for sure without some testing, such as an ultrasound.

Good Luck,

Dr. Edward J. Ramirez, M.D., FACOG
Executive Medical Director
The Fertility and Gynecology Center
Monterey Bay IVF Program

Monterey, California, U.S.A.

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Edward Joseph Ramirez, MD, FACOG


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