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Kerri wrote at 2006-07-19 09:53:01
I also get sick during ovulation.  For about five days I am very sick with nausea and dizziness.  I can barely function.  It comes on suddenly without warning.  I wake okay and then the dizziness hits around noon followed by nausea.  

I am trying Prilosec.  It seemed to help, but this is the first round so it might be a coincidence.  No one knows what is wrong with me.  But I thought maybe it was acid making me so sick.  My stomach blows up with bloating too during this time.


Janet wrote at 2006-08-26 23:14:35
Neither of you are alone in this world of female problems.  I, too, have had problems of my own.  Granted I am 45 years old but mine started 1 1/2 years ago with lower back pain, then came everything else; sick headaches, nausea before periods, spotting, missed periods, huge clots & flooding & even diarrhea; dizziness at times.  The back pain is every day.  No medications have helped,(two pregnancy tests neg.) and by p.m. I'm totally exhausted.  My ob/gyn didn't think it was related to my female/hormonal system, but it all started with waking up in the morning with lower back pain, similar to what I've had with pre-menstrual symptoms & missing or late periods, which wasn't normal for me.  The other symptoms came gradually, but have hung on ever since.  I have seen 5 different doctors for blood tests, urine tests and an MRI. I was told by a neurosurgeon it was osteoarthritis.  That was all in the first six months.  I have suffered, since then, on a daily basis because I ran out of money.  I am scheduled for a hysterectomy in October mainly due to my abnormal pap smears and now ob/gyn thinks it probably is female related.  I only pray that this takes care of my problems; I'll let you know after I recover from surgery.  I feel like I've lost 1 1/2 years of my life.  I'm sending this answer because I don't want anyone to ever go through what I have in the past.  I know there are other people out there who are a lot worse off than me, I can only hope this testimony helps someone else!  


Georgi wrote at 2007-07-19 02:40:31
I have the same complication.  It has been ignored by both GI doctors and OB/GYNs.  I can say that being on birth control pills eliminates most of the discomfort.  I, too, was without this pain when I was pregnant and nursing for each of my three kids.  It is definitely related to hormones although no one seems to know how or why.  It comes every month with ovulation, but worse every other month when I ovulate on the left side.  It's too bad no one can analyze it better.


Kylie wrote at 2008-03-10 11:27:51
I can not answer your question or give you a reason however i am studying osteopathy at university and believe that osteopathic treatment may be able to help with the pain and discomfort you are encountering.  Osteopaths have principles and techniques that are unique to our profession.  We have be known to treat many musculoskeletal pains as well as internal organs for problems such as inflammatory bowel syndrome and period pain. There are many clinic around Australia and there are also student clinic that offer treatments at reduced rates.  In victoria you can try victoria university and RMIT. I beg you to try an osteopath.


Shamu wrote at 2008-03-13 20:33:33
I'm adding my name to the list.  I started noticing about 2 years ago that half way through my cycle (around the time I ovulate), everything I eat gives me terrible gas and bloating.  I also feel very swollen and painful all over--belly, breasts, thighs.  Basically I feel like a whale that can't stop farting.  Charming, no?  



I found that a lot of the swelling and pain goes away when I consistently take a high-quality Calcium/Vitamin D/Magnesium supplement.  Still no relief from the gas and bloating, but I'm working on it.  I hope this helps a little!


Sara wrote at 2008-07-20 02:20:40
This forum has made me feel SO much better.  It is always nice to know that you are not alone or unusual in some way when these things are happening to you.  I recently got off birth control and am trying to conceive.  When I was on birth control I had bloating and gas but not so much pain and cramping like I do now during my ovulation time.  I am wondering if that had to do with the birth control controlling hormones somewhat.  

Thanks to those who went out on a limb to tell their stories and to help all of the other sufferers out there know they are not alone!


Klari wrote at 2008-10-10 10:43:19
Shamu, you are not alone, i have the same symptoms at the time of ovulation. Nothing new to add to the list of symptoms, but just to let others know that some of us share the same problems!!


KM wrote at 2008-11-16 01:51:23
I totally agree with you that hormones cause the gas and bloating.  I too suffer from gas and bloating while I am ovulating and during my period. After having five children, during ovulation the bloating and gas has gotten worst. Every month without fail no matter what I eat or don't eat I get these symptoms for a few days or week and then they go away same time every month.  You are not alone.  


KM wrote at 2008-11-16 01:55:14
One thing I have found that helps somehow is ibuprofen.  Make sure it is okay for you to take it but it does help subside the gas a bit.


alive mom of five wrote at 2009-01-13 04:12:33
I have suffered from "mittleschmertz" or painful ovulation since I was a teenager.  Now that I have been blessed with five children and I'm holding onto my thirties by a string, my cycles have taken on some additional symptoms.  Not only do I feel a nagging ache in my side when I'm ovulating, but I am constantly excusing myself from the frequent gas I am accidentally passing around my family.  In addition, the gas makes me feel like I should go and check my undies some of the time.  It's like I am producing all kinds of extra mucous for a couple of days each month.  Yes, this topic is a bit gross, but I'm all about encouraging people and being real.  Drink lots of purified water, take frequent brisk walks, eat healthy and rest well.  May God bless our crazy hormones!


Cricket wrote at 2009-03-27 07:21:12
Hi, I don't know Doctor. I have suffered with ovulation pain since I was 17, and I am now 41. The pain has changed from a sharp stabbing, to almost feeling like a pulled muscle. During ovulation I have gas, lower back pain, pressure, sometimes constipation, and/or bowel movements that are considerably smaller in size (which I believe comes from the uterine inflamation). If I take naproxen, this helps with the swelling. After ovulation is done, I then experience a yeast infection (which I believe is a fluctuation in hormones). After ovulation is done, I am back to my normal self. So, there has to be some sort of link somewhere, but where is the question.


Catyplr wrote at 2009-04-27 03:40:38
I also have these same symptoms.  I feel like I need to have a bowel movement, but I don't.  I suspect that I may have an abnormally large cyst developing during ovulation and causing the full feeling in my belly.  I did bleed slightly for a day and felt crampy.


Ruma wrote at 2009-07-12 02:08:04
Hi, I have been suffering from ovulation pain for the past 20 years and over the years I have tried it all, oral contraceptives, analgesics, etc. I have been tired & absolutely disgusted with myself and find myself dreading those mid cycle days, knowing that I would be a cripple for those days. I am now 41, lately I have started taking calcium 500mg & magnesium 200mg capsules and it has worked wonders.

Ladies do try it out, I hope it works for you as it has made a difference in my life.


Heather wrote at 2009-07-14 17:49:08
I had had the same symptoms as mentioned above for 2 years (since my son was born and gall bladder was removed.)  Many blood tests, everything coming up normal.  My stomach bloats out so far I look and feel 6mos pregnant.  I finally figured out that it was happening 2 weeks after my period (ovulation.) My Primary Dr finally ref'd me to OBGYN whom had put me on Desogen, which relieved the pain and constipation. I then had a new list of problems, decreased (almost eliminated) libido, excessive gas, diarrhea and/or soft stool, and anxiety.  

I tried that for about 6 months, although was growing tired of the diarrhea and lost libido and stopped the pill. I'm 2 weeks into the worst week ever with the intestinal & lower back pain, pressure and bloat.  No gas though.  I am frustrated with Dr's explaining how fine I am.  We need a cure for this, this is a terrible way to live.


KB wrote at 2009-07-15 17:57:42
I have been having sever lower back pain, gas, and small, soft stools during ovulation.  The back pain feels like intense pressure and then sometimes wraps around my pelvis and stabs at me like a girdle of pain.  It's like there's giant inflammation going on inside me, pressuring my spine and swelling my bowel.



I have found that when I get up in the morning, if I lie on my exercise ball, my back pops and I feel better.  This tells me that a visit to the chiropractor might help.  When I eliminate the gas, it makes the back pain a little better too.



Gas happens, among other reasons, when the bowel slows down.  A slow bowel also leads to constipation which can lead to back pain and hemorrhoids.  Progesterone can cause the bowel to be slow (just as naproxen or ibuprofen can).  Progesterone is not supposed to be high until you actually release the egg, but it is rising during ovulation.  Here's the thing, though, progesterone stays high after ovulation, especially if you get pregnant (which is why a lot of pregnant women are constipated), but my symptoms get better after ovulation is over.  I think we're looking for a hormone that spikes at ovulation.  This could be estrogen or leutenizing hormone (LH).  I've heard of women on hormone replacement therapy (estrogen) having trouble with gas.  I have no idea how LH might be causing the problems.


Becca G. wrote at 2009-08-03 21:46:17
Hello Ladies,



I hope I can shed some light on all of our symptoms.  I have had all of the symptoms you descibe and they always seem to start two weeks after my period (when I am ovulating).  Then once my period comes with horrible cramps that leave me bedridden for two day and an extremely heavy flow that makes me faint, the pain would subside until I ovulated again. I had been seeing my OBGYN and for two year he just tells me to take some motrin (yeah I was up to 800 mg every 4 hours and it was just taking the edge off the pain).  I had been referred to a urologist for recurring UTI's and he ordered an abdominal CT, well although he couldn't find anything wrong with my urninary tract he did find an ovarian cyst.  After hearing this I researched symptoms and guess what, it was everything I had been describing to my OBGYN for the last two years.  I found a new OBGYN, he diagnosed me with endometriois, two weeks later I had surgery and had to have one ovary removed because the scar tissue had destroyed it and then I had about 10 endotomas removed from my right side.  Now I am two weeks post surgery and I have ovulated and guess what NO PAIN!!!



This may be something you want to look into.  Endometriosis can go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed for years. I just feel very fortunate that I finally found a dr. who would listen to me and wanted to get to the bottom of my symptoms.


Dee wrote at 2009-08-26 10:07:14
I am 45 years old and I also experience nausea, indigestion and ovary pain during ovulation. I thought that I was the only one.


jbk wrote at 2009-11-11 18:06:30
This is a super old post but I would just like to say that I have the same symptoms exactly and I KNOW it has to do with my cycle. I feel great during pregnancy and for about the first year or so postpartum. Then all the weird stomach stuff comes back. Severe bloating and gas pains starting a few days after the end of my period and lasting about a week or so. My gastro says it's female, my OB says it's gastro?? Considering I have none of it while pregnant I say it's hormonal. Very glad to read your post.  


Angela wrote at 2009-11-28 07:15:22
Sounds all pretty normal to me!  Lots of us have similar symptoms, have had no fertility issues...just uncomfortable ovulation.  A friend of mine who hasn't had a period in over a year and is trying to get pregnant told me; 'you're very lucky that you're ovulating and know your body is working properly.'  I think she's right... we're blessed that we're getting regular periods and are ovulating.  Many women out there are not, and are devastated by it.

It's normal to experience some pain/discomfort. Over 20% of women do.  For years I've mistaken it for appendicitis!!  My mother then told me that she's also experienced it since she was a teen.

You'll also notice that it's worse every 3rd of 4th cycle.  ALL NORMAL!  



NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT!  Just hormones causing some discomfort!


C-IA wrote at 2010-01-06 14:39:43
Although I wouldn't wish this on anyone, I'm glad to find others out there who have the same symptoms as I do.  It's very frustrating.  Along with the severe bloating %26 gas, I also experience migraines during this time.  I finally went to the Dr. for a prescription for the migraines, but the last time I had to take one - it did nothing.  I too have been diagnosed (about 8 years ago) with endometriosis.  I am 36 years old and have a very regular cycle, every 28 days, however I remain unable to have children.  I'm still hopeful that one day I will find a Dr. who will help me get rid of these mid-cycle symptoms & be able to become pregnant before I'm 40.  Thanks for the post & all the responses


Lorraine wrote at 2010-01-17 04:03:13
I as all of you have suffered with all of these symptoms since a teen, also the pain was much more severe when i was younger but now the extreme bloating  & nausea I really feel good only a couple of days a month.  i am going to ask my doctor about the endometriosis , it is nice to know I am not the only one, maybe once i get to the bottom of it, I will be able to wear my wedding ring more than a couple of days a month as my hands swell too!


searchingforanswers wrote at 2010-02-01 19:50:29
Oh my God I'm so glad I found this.  I've been searching everywhere for others who understand my problem.  I've been terrified it was some dread disease but it comes right around the same time most months.  I have a few days after my period has stopped, near or during ovulation when I feel like I have a lead gut I am so bloated whether I've eaten or not.  Sometimes it's accompanied by nausea and once in a while....maybe every 3 or 4 months it causes intense pain in the sides and stomach...but more like muscle ache than  deep internal pain.  For a couple hours it becomes painful to even stand (that only happens once every few months). It's different than menstrual camps and much more scary.  Slight diarrhea as well but it's hard to get out if that makes any sense....I guess it's more like constipation only with loose soft stool in small bouts.  Tension headaches different from my menstrual headaches also accompany this. This is a recently new development...only the past year or so, but I'm just reaching my mid thirties and I guess hormones change over time.  I've considered pancreatitis and gall stones and what not, but the stomach is not painful to the tender to the touch and the pain seems to be lower than if it were a pancreas issue.  Anyway, you are certainly not alone and I'm glad to find I'm not either.  To be honest, as bad as my pms is I prefer it to this feeling.  I really do.  


Tanya wrote at 2010-02-15 20:45:07
It is NOT Normal!!!! You should not feel like you have appendicitis when your ovulating...and most of these women have a hard time conceiving too.


Isabel wrote at 2010-02-16 16:08:20
I found this forum at 3am, as i was up with stomach discomfort!  I'm relieved that it's not in my head.  I've been suffering with these exact problems after giving birth to my third child.  it's been downhill since, and I'm only 34.  I'm printing this out and taking it to my doctor.  I hope to find relief soon and will post anything i find.  But the ibuprofen has been the best for the pain and natural alternatives and walks for the constipation.  Thanks to all the women who took the time to post their difficulties so that we don't feel alone.


Amy wrote at 2010-02-18 17:33:20
I am so glad to hear that there are people like me out there! I am 37 years old this year and I gave birth to my son 2 years ago. Last year I suddenly started to get sick with nausea, loss of appetite and dizziness. I think I spent thousands and thousands of dollars undergoing 4 endoscopies and 1 colonoscopy, 5 sonograms, X-rays, 10 bloodtests and millions of urine tests. None of my doctors were able to find what the problem was. Then as I stopped breast feeding and started menstruating my symptoms started to get worse. I started to notice a cycle too. 10 days before my menstrual cycle I feel great...no nausea, nothing. Then when it starts like most people my bowel movements are faster, etc. However, then after I'm done I seem to get better only to realize that the viscious cycle of nausea, gas, bloating, indigestion, dizziness intensifies when I start to ovulate. I'm going to see how my symptoms progress and see whether I feel better 10 days before I menstruate or not. At least if I find a pattern I'll know what to expect and I won't panic. Also I won't be running to my GI specialist for additional expensive tests. I think this all started when I got PCOS, but none of my doctors seem to know the answer. I just think my problem is definitely hormone related!


bloated*itch wrote at 2010-03-03 03:44:57
OMG!!! I have been dealing with the bloat, gas, constipation,frustration, overwhelming feeling, irritiabiity, for almost 3 years. I've been put on YAZ,(obgyn) Lexapro, Effexor,(M.D.) Prometrium (by new obgyn)after having blood tests. Obgyn says if prometrium didn't work see MD and he says if effexor is helping see obgyn. UUGGGHHH!!! All I know is I'm fed up and my family is sick of hearing about it too. I'm miserable and at menstruation and ovulation I never know what to expect or what clothes I can get over my huge stomach and all around puffiness so that I cant go to work.


stressed wrote at 2010-04-18 00:16:43
Finally I found others with my same symptoms.  I am 45 and have had this problem for going on 2 years.  Around ovulation time I start having a lot of gas I can pass, then I start hiccuping a lot, then I start having intense pain that is in my uterus area along with a deep aching pain in my lower back and down both legs, then comes the intense gas pains all over my intestines, hurts to walk, or get jolted in any way.  It even feels like my kidneys are hurting.   I also get horrible constipation. I can't seem to pass the gas very often. This pain wakes me up about every 2 to 3 hours a night, hurts so bad I have to go to couch so I don't toss and turn and wake hubby.  I eat gas pills like candy while this is going on.  And recently started taking metamucil 2 times a day but only during this time to help with the constipation, and it does, but not the gas.  The pain use to last 2 weeks till the day I started, but recently its lasted about 1 week or a little over, then I get a small break till I menstruate.  During this whole time I dread eating because it makes my intestines move, and they're very loud and rumbly, and painful. I can't afford to go to the doctor and be a guinea pig, for them to do tests on.  I'm just trying to make it through it.  I figured it is some kind of peramenopause symptom, and was pretty sure it was hormonal.  I hope it ends after Menopause.  I know its nothing to be made light of, having a baby didn't hurt this bad, and to have to go through this every month really is depressing.  But I have to look at it this way, a year and a half ago I only had 1 week out of the month pain free, now I have 2 and a half.


GK45 wrote at 2010-04-18 12:41:01
I've also noticed I have GI symptoms when ovulating recently. I've never had them before. I'd have intestinal gurgling, gas, and watery diarrhea for a couple of days and noticed it coincided with ovulation. It makes sense because hormones do affect the GI tract. It's good to know I'm not alone. I think in my case it has to do with hormone swings from perimenopause.


Celia66 wrote at 2010-06-08 19:42:07
I'm so glad I found this site. I feel like I have the worst tummy bug of all time but I don't have a fever, no diarrhea and I don't throw up.  I just have dizziness, cramps, nausea and get a panicky feeling and it almost always occurs around the time I'm ovulating.  I'm off to my gyno to get this looked into. I hope you all find some relief somehow, I really do.  


Fox wrote at 2010-06-16 02:55:15
I do thinks its possible because I experience the same thing.  Its taken me years to realize it is only one week of the month.  I have had every test under the sun on my digestion system and nothing seems to help during that week.  I hope this will help doctors to consider the possibility that it is connected.


aj wrote at 2010-06-21 02:28:43
I am so thankful I found this!! I am having the same problems since ging birth to my son two years ago!  I also feel like I ovulate two times a month sometimes and both times it happens to me.  My cycle is 32 days now when it used to be 28.  Not sure if it is possible to ovulate twice a month, but I get all these syptoms that are being described, to a tee.


Barbara wrote at 2010-07-13 13:06:21
The Internet is a wonderful thing.  I've had gastrointestinal symptoms for years and years that last between 4-6 days and come every few months (I don't ovulate every month).  It's miserable and I can't sleep or eat.  I've run the gambit of tests, meds, doctors, even had a colon cleanse or two seeing if that would help (it didn't).  This morning I realized I'm ovulating and that I have my "bad belly" again, Googled and found this forum.  THANK-YOU to all of you for posting this and for being very specific (even if it's a taboo subject), I no longer feel like the psychosomatic crazy person that my doctors make me feel like!


Am I Going Crazy? wrote at 2010-07-23 14:57:55
Thank you, internet, for allowing me to find others out there like me!!  I am 45 and have also been suffering for several years with these exact symptoms mentioned.  This month (at this exact moment, which is why I did the online search) I am having such intense digestive problems.  Any time I have an issue I run to the calendar and, sure enough, it is always ovulation time.  I suffer from the dizziness, bloating, cramping, nausea, and EXTREME anxiety, heart palpitations, etc. I literally thought I was going nuts, which caused even more anxiety.  My periods are now every 23 days, so in a given month I "might" have a good week.  My GYN's only fix is to attempt to put me on the pill so that I stop ovulating.  I am not one to take any meds, so this was not something I initially wanted to do, but after a while I gave in and tried.  The pill made me sick to my stomach, so I didn't even make it through a month; I just stopped.  My GYN said I didn't give it enough time, and she might be right.  Maybe I'll attempt going back on the pill to see if staying on it longer will help.  I am just a bit afraid of all the side effects that the pill can give me.  Will those be worse than what I'm suffering now?  My husband got "fixed" after our second child (17 years ago) because I didn't want to  have to deal with synthetic hormones, but maybe they are not as bad as I'm putting them out to be.  



OK, I'm rambling.  I just want to thank everyone for posting their thoughts to allow me to know I am not alone and am not crazy.  I would also love to hear about your thoughts on being on the pill in order to stop your ovulation and if anyone out there has had good luck with that.


Ophelia wrote at 2010-08-03 20:40:02
I, also, am thrilled to have found this forum...for years, I've had cramps, pain, burning indigestion, dizziness, etc. with ovulation. At times, I'm in so much pain that I'm certain I have an ulcer. However, I have tested negative for h. pylori, and my gastrin levels are normal. I had my gallbladder removed last year after gallstones were found. While that surgery alleviated a lot of gastro symptoms in general, it did NOTHING to alleviate the symptoms I have while ovulating. I'm certain this issue is related to hormones, and I'm headed to a nutritionist to see if I can find a magic formula of supplements and vitamins that might help.


Sarah77 wrote at 2010-09-01 00:32:50
God bless all of you for posting this and thank heavens for the internet.  My husband and I have been TTC for a year (we are 35 and 33 respectively) and are scheduled for testing related to that but a few days before and through ovulation (sometimes until I get my period), I get a lower backache (similar to my premenstral backache), a gurgly stomach, gas (increased odor), and looser, more frequent stools (but smaller).  I feel uncomfortable and embarrassed if anyone hears my noisy stomach (it can be loud). I haven't talked to my doctor about this but I will be bringing it up.  Thank you to all who have posted and been honest about what they are going through!


Carrie wrote at 2010-12-30 10:56:18
I have been now having something similar for about 6 months. It starts about 3 days after my last day of bleeding. I feel a small bloated feeling just under my rib cage which kind of feels like a stuck bubble or a pulled muscle. Then when I am actually ovulating I get gas so loud roaring in my stomach that anyone can hear, swollen belly that hurts and I start passing gas, and sometimes I get a small amount of heartburn. I feel horrible, I have no energy, I am overly emotional.. its horrible. I am 31 years old I already have 5 kids. I dont want anymore kids I WANT A HYSTERECTOMY! I have had several ulrasounds only showing functional cysts. Nothing. No endo, no tumors, no nothing... Just REMOVE IT! I have had enough of the long periods lasting 7-10 days, spotting, itchy, gooey stuff coming out of every hole... it is NOT NORMAL! It cant be! Personally I think doctors should quit making woman suffer two weeks every month/6 months out of every year for an average of what?? 40 years!? I have actually thought to lie how bad the pain is JUST so my doctors would give a note to get the darn procedure done!  


NauseousInBrooklyn wrote at 2010-12-30 23:44:29
~I have been suffering with issues that I have narrowed down to the time that I ovulate. I first started with swollen breasts and pains during ovulation and had two sonograms done and was told that I had cystic breasts and ovaries. This all seemed to subside a bit and migraines took over with nausea. Now I am 42 years old and still have normal CBC and hormone level tests. I am constantly nauseous and dizzy during ovulation and feel under the weather. I had a recent CBC and the only thing abnormal was my iron levels probably due to recent spotting during ovulation and bleeding. Advil helped some mid-cycle cramping but there were days I suffered and couldn't get out of bed. Doctors don't seem to prescribe anything that really works. I had dislocated my shoulder and was given vicoden and that seemed to help a bit with the mid-cycle pains and during the first day or two of my period.


shelly wrote at 2010-12-31 21:11:24
I too get gassy, bloating, nausea at ovulation. Night sweats and cold sores when the hormones drop before my period. Occasional Zofran for nausea helps. Gas medicine does not seem to help much. To Searching ForAnswers: I noticed that when I had my kidney stones (they all stayed in the kidney until surgery) the pain was worse around ovulation and my period. Pain for me was in the gut area to one side that sometimes spread to back. I read somewhere that estrogen levels affect pain sensitivity in general. I thought the aching sharp pains were related to my cycle, I guess they were, but it was mostly the stone. Stones can cause diarrhea and dizziness and feel like hormones. The bloating, gas, etc...totally hormonal. Blood tests have found nothing! I feel like some doctors think I am making this up! Part of being a woman I guess.


Lisa wrote at 2011-01-01 06:57:38
So glad to see I'm not alone.  After each pregnancy, this problem has seemed to get worse and worse.  The worst part for me is the gas.  I'll have it for about a week or two before I ovulate.  It gets worse and worse the closer I get to ovulation.  After I ovulate, I'm so much better.  And I can tell exactly when I ovulate because the pain is intense.  I have a hard time walking I hurt so much.  The gas and pain is so bad that it's hard to work.  I just want some relief from this.


alg wrote at 2011-01-05 22:39:59
I have been searching for months for answers to these same symptoms. When I mention them to the doctor, they just look at you like "how odd, I've never heard of this before" I have always known when I ovulate, which is a blessing. Now I am 45 and knowing when I ovulate is still great as we practice Natural Family Planning, but it is so debilitating. My stomach looks 6 months pregnant for three or four days. I have sharp stabbing pains, especially when I try to urinate or have a bowel movement. It is so painful I almost cry out in agony. Thank you for all of your posts, now someone may post a remedy for us.  


oceanluvva wrote at 2011-01-06 01:53:08
I have all the above symptoms and a few more, always around ovulation.I feel so unwell that i feel as though i am dying.They initially thought it was my gallbladder, the latest being depression.I had elevated bilirubin and inflamed gallbladder but no stones.It seems to alternate some months too.From one month being just the headaches and pelvis pain, to another month my chest hurts,diarhoea, and heart.. I have been doing my own research as my doctors just want to prescribe me with anti depressants and I am not depressed.Has anyone else looked into adrenal problems and or pituary glands??One thing that can be a marker is if you ask for an ANA blood test.Mine came up positive ANA 1 over 80..Not sure what this means, but you are either positive or not, and the markers mean something too.Unfortunately the doctor didnt test me any further,but Im still sure it has something to do with adrenal glands.


samiti wrote at 2011-01-06 06:27:18
I am 42 and started having all those nasty symptoms during ovulation about a year ago. Abdominal distress, dizziness, extreme fatigue, pressure in the stomach, gas, indigestion, constipation - you name it. The symptoms absolutely do not depend on what I eat - because I pretty much eat the same foods all the time (low carb, no grain diet). I am relived to know that my symptoms are not unique. I suppose, it has something to do with peri-menopausal changes in hormones.


oceanluvva wrote at 2011-01-08 03:38:44
To add to this, I also had a baby 12 months ago.So it isnt impossible to fall pregnant..I briefly tried some natural tablets called "Femme phase", or something like that,which I believe helped me conceive.These tablets are for menopausal women, so i figure it may have a lot to do with hormones creating all these problems, as the tablets are designed to add some of those hormones that your body is depleting from menopause.I will add i am only 35..


Ovulatinginnairobi wrote at 2011-01-10 08:08:30
I feel all of the above n i'm just 25....the gas especially is a nytmare n the stomach distention lord have mercy n let me not start on the nausea...this thread is five yrs old, thank God for it!


Ovulatinginnairobi wrote at 2011-01-10 08:08:57
I feel all of the above n i'm just 25....the gas especially is a nytmare n the stomach distention lord have mercy n let me not start on the nausea...this thread is five yrs old, thank God for it!


bloated wrote at 2011-01-12 20:36:31
I am also super-relieved to be reading this. Just realized today that my stomach issues seem to be coinciding with ovulation. I'll be keeping a monthly symptom journal to make double-sure. I have IBS and that always flares up right before my period, when I'm PMS, but this is different. I just thought I had a weak/bad stomach, lots of weird food sensitivities/bad diet, but looking back I'm pretty sure there's a monthly pattern. Thank you everyone for sharing!  


Bloated Raven wrote at 2011-01-24 19:25:49
So glad to see this is apparently quite normal.  I'll add my voice to the crowd here.  For me it started a couple of years ago, when I was 27 or 28.  I get a painful, sometimes very intense crampy feeling to the point that it wakes me up at night.  I go to the toilet and sometimes have a bowel movement (usually small) and sometimes not, and sometimes that relieves the pain and sometimes not.  Sometimes just sitting up for a few minutes seems to help, or doing a little light stretching.  Besides the intense pain, I get very bloated and uncomfortable, and maybe gassy, though I don't pass much -- I wish I did, because that tends to relieve the pain.  (With apologies to anybody nearby at the time, it's worth it.)  Occasionally I get a little acidy, too, which is otherwise not normal for me.  At first I thought it was something I was eating.  I already eat a lot of fiber, and trying to increase it just seemed to increase the bloating.  I tried cutting out dairy with no luck.  It happens to me whether I eat well or eat junk.  It took me a while to realize the pain was linked to my menstrual cycle -- it starts at ovulation and lasts almost till the next period.  (If you're counting, that means I spend about as much of the month in pain as not.)  Once I noticed it, the pattern was extremely clear and very regular.  The intensity of the pain and the amount of time it lasts after ovulation varies but now I've come to expect it every month, no exceptions.  I can even use the beginning of the pain as a predictor for my next period.  If the pain is early or late, I know my period will be, too.  I hate it but at least now I know it's normal and probably not a symptom of something dire.  I'll live with it, I guess, since I have no intention of going on birth control pills.  Sigh... like my husband said when I told him what I've been reading here, sometimes women get the short end!


Thankful wrote at 2011-02-03 03:33:07
I am so glad (like everyone else) that I finally know that I am not alone or wierd. My symptoms are not nearly as bad as some I have read. My main issue is that the gas gets really painful. I guess if I think back it all really began in my mid-twenties, but I didn't know what it was--I didn't even realize it was gas (if you can fathom that!). I only recently noticed that it occurred at about the same time every month, and figured it must be related to my cycle. When it's bad I'm up at night stretching, taking Gas-X, drinking water, trying to have a bowel movement--anything that will help the pain. I try to eat in such a way that the gas will pass easily. That way it doesn't get trapped and cause so much pain. But sometimes, like now, I just suffer until it's over, which is usually just a few days. God bless you all, and I too hope that some researcher is paying attention to this so he/she can put the pieces together and get us some relief!


scared28 wrote at 2011-02-03 04:03:42
Oh Ladys its just awful what we women have to go through..I to have been getting more severe stomach cramps,nausea, heaveyness dont want to get out of bed blur vision I also get a bit of heart pain and kidney aches, is this really all due to homones is there anything we can take??Im 29 and worried that its never going to subside...


Britgirl wrote at 2011-02-05 00:55:09
Hi ladies,

I echo a lot of what others have said - it's only very recently that I've started to connect my digestive / gas etc issues first with PMT and now with ovulation. I'm 35 and have only started paying attention to ovulation patterns in the last few months. Almost without fail I get a kind of dizziness / brain fogginess / tiredness that isn't tiredness but makes you want to lie down and makes it hard to function. I was convinced that was food-related but have finally started noticing it's around the same time every month so must be hormones.



Been tested for a few things but nothing's ever shown up.



The one good thing is that while other people have to go to all sorts of lengths to work out when they're ovulating from a pregnancy point of view (whether trying to achieve it or avoid it), we all know straight away!



Definitely interesting to see what happens during pregnancy once my husband and I are blessed with that.



The one thing I can recommend that helps a little bit with the bloating and gas is peppermint tea. Also Rennies Deflatine or anything similar - eat straight after meals. In my case certain food is worse than others (eg spicy, garlic, some green veg, too much caffeine, too much fat) but still only during those certain days of the month.


stillsuffering wrote at 2011-02-10 13:53:41
Nice to know I'm not alone, now if we could only get a diagnosis and treatment for this.  I come down with severe flu-like symptoms the day before I ovulate, nausea, diarrhea, back pain, vomitting...to the point where I usually end up in ER for i.v. Zofran.  The next day I ovulate with cramps so bad I can't stand up straight.  I also was very sick for most of my pregnancy, extreme nausea, lost 27 pounds, hospitalized, etc.  My OB/GYN has casually diagnosed me with an estrogen sensitivity. Since estrogen spikes before you ovulate (when I get ill) and any birth control with estrogen has always made me nauseous.  She treated me with Depo-provera, a progesterone injection, and while that helped with the most severe symptoms it brought about side-effects of its own.  The next step will be to try the progesterone pills and if all else fails a hysterectomy.  This has affected my life, for 3 days a month I can't function or go to work, I'm anxious about traveling away from home on the chance I get stricken ill by one of my 'spells'.  I have been having these issues since my teens, I'm now 28, and in the past have been misdiagnosed with appendicitis and gallbladder attacks. I now no longer have either so that obviously is no longer an option.  The symptoms did seem to get more severe after I gave birth to my daughter.  If I find the miracle cure I'll be sure to let you ladies know but everyone is different. And the idea of being female and having a reaction to the female sex hormone seems horribly unjust to me.


bloated in pain wrote at 2011-03-07 02:54:45
Hello, I am so glad I found this forum. I have been suffering for a few yrs now( im 44) horrible painful bloating and gas. The gas is so bad it keeps me up at night. I get the sysmptoms about 4 hrs after dinner, regardless of what I eat. I am now realizing this is hormonal. I am tracking it and seeing the cycle. Thank you for that info. I have an appt with a GI specialist next week and am considering canceling. Anyway I did want to offer a tip for some relief of bloating and gas. A product I found called Charco-Caps. Have provided some good relief. They kick in at about 45 min. On bad nights I will have to take a second dose but not usually. I found these at Wal-mart so they are readily available I hope to all. They are homeopathic. I am grateful for all the insite and will try the magnesium.calcium tip. Good luck to all.


Megan wrote at 2011-04-07 06:31:44
I'm 27 years old and the mother of 2 children.  Exercise since giving birth to my son almost 3 years ago my hormones have felt like a roller coaster ride.  Last year it essentially ruined our family vacation to New England (for me anyway) because I had nausea, severe diarrhea, anxiety & was very bloated.  I thought it was because of eating dairy, so I've eliminated that and coffee from my diet.  That helped a bit, but I'm still getting painful gas, horrible bloating (looking 5-6 months pregnant), sharp abdominal pains & just general exhaustion & discomfort. Oh, and anxiety about whether or not something is really wrong with me or if I'm dying or what.  I feel like a crazy person.  I just started making the connection with my ovulation &  researched and found this forum.  I can't believe there are so many woman suffering like this.  It makes me sad.  


Sarah in Chicago wrote at 2011-05-05 20:39:16
I just went off the pill, I have been on the pill for 14 years. I went on when 18 and I'm now 31 and my husband are starting TTC. I went off the pill about 2 weeks ago and on Monday at work, I experienced this AWFUL pain. I had severe back pain, dizziness, bloating and awful gas pains. I was doubled over in the bathroom until I felt better. I take public transit to and from work so I was dreading my commute home. Since I was on the pill of so long, I didn't remember having this problem prior. I hope this is just the pill hormones leaving my body and I hope to God this isn't a monthly thing. I also had to unbutton my already loose pants to be comfortable.



I took 2 gas x strips and that seemed to help a bit. I also take a daily probiotic pill that is supposed to help with gas and bloating and that didn't seem to help! I am so glad I came across this forum and this is an unusual side effect to ovulation and estrogen!


Jennifer wrote at 2011-05-09 18:29:16
I am 41 and also suffer from cramps during ovulation -makes me feel better to know I'm not the only one-just wish there was an answer on what could help us.Every month seems to b a new hormonal problem as we get older-My mother says it's the change of life-


PullingTeeth wrote at 2011-05-14 15:01:35
I think I might have your answer. I've read through most of the posts here and I also had bloating with my pms and at certain times throughout my cycle. I have had extreme cycle problems forever. Only recently have I been able to put the symptoms together to equal hormone imbalances. I do have a doctor that is working with me to balance my hormones with bioidenticals. Slow going process but I'm hopeful.

My bloating was a completely different problem. I have Celiac's which was only found after a blood panel, endoscopy and genetic test. Yes, it took all three for a definite answer. However, that's not all. I eliminated milk and voila, my bloating was gone as was my adult acne. My skin looks beautiful. I take a calcium supplement and eats lots greens for calcium. I tried yogurt about 2 weeks after I gave up milk and felt like my stomach was going to explode, the same happens with probiotics. Anyway, I donít think that humans were meant for the proteins in cows milk. I mean if we should be drinking it why don't we just drink our dogís or cat's milk? Ewe, right? So why do we drink another animals lactate? I have since eliminated soy as well. I show slight allergies to both of these substances. Allergy tests are so easy- start there and get your hormones checked by a holistic doc. Good luck.




laurel wrote at 2011-05-16 19:08:01
I completely removed all gluten out of my diet and it has helped so much.  I do still have some issues, but not anything near as bad.  


Hoping for answers wrote at 2011-09-01 03:02:34
I have had pain for around 2 1/2 years.  I have 3 children all c-sections and have had one cyst in the past.  I have many of the same problems as listed above... pain during ovulation - the kind that knocks you on your knees or sends you to the ER, ranging from 3-10 depending on the month, gas pains, bladder pain, foggy thoughts, nausea and so on.  After finally getting a partial hysterectomy last year (31yrs) - due to the pain i found out that wasn't the problem and I have stumped the doctors -  I ended up going to a message therapist to relieve the stress and help teach me to cope with the pain so I didn't have to be on high pain meds for 5 days a month... I got SO MUCH BETTER -   I know that stress can agitate my abdomen and stretching and taking care of myself has made it better.  I had 4 months of little to no pain this spring then it got bad again this last month.(I was under tremendous stress and was doing much less message) I'm scared it is going to get bad again so I'm going to continue with myofacial release and message until it is under control again. I think it has everything to do with hormones and I think mine maybe cysts rupturing - not sure - hoping for answers.  


CC wrote at 2011-09-04 17:26:22
Thank god I found this site too. I am 33 (almost 34) with 2 children, the youngest 17 months, and EBF until he was 7 months old, so essentially have been on my normal cycle since then. I have notice all of the above symptoms you ladies are describing, alongside a couple of days of spotting right before starting my period. During the winter I went back on the pill, only to have spotted throughout (I have NEVER spotted before in my life), saw an OBGYN only to be told that the dose of hormones was not enough, and that since I had no other worrisome symptoms, I should just forget the pill and use condoms. Fine, although since seeing the Dr. the symptoms are worse. I am also extremely nervous and anxious about whether or not I have something more serious, but blood tests all come out normal. I also have extreme lower back issues and just recently, my hip is all out of whack, where I can barely sleep at night because of the pain. I have been told that is is some tight ligaments in the S-I joint. All this to say that a multitude of Dr's are playing guessing games, and no one has yet to suggest this could all be related to a hormonal imbalance post partum?? I never had these issues before giving birth (as I was on the pill for about 10 years), then I was either pregnant or nursing the last 3.5 years with my two kids, and all of a sudden all of these problems arise, and not one doc or specialist can tell me why. It is frustrating, debilitating, depressing, and annoying since I feel like I am not living my life and am just worried all of the time. And my poor kids have to see me walk around hunched over, passing crazy gas, barely able to move in the mornings until I've taken a hot bath, and just downright annoyed and frustrated most of the time!!!



ONE GOOD TIP: Yoga!!! That has been a physical and emotional life saviour. It really helps, I just don't get the chance to get out much to the studio in order for it to be totally beneficial, but 15-20 minutes a day at home really helps back aches, cramping, and anxiety.



Thanks for letting me rant and I hope we all get the answers we are looking for.  


15 years of these symptoms wrote at 2011-10-16 03:26:06
4 am and I awake again from intense abdominal pain.  Just like the rest of you, I have the same symptoms starting with ovulation each month and lasting until my period starts.  Until today, finding your posts on the internet, I thought I was alone in this.  It started at age 27 and I am now 42. Years of doctors patting me on the head saying I'm fine, invasive and embarassing tests all come up clear.  My symptoms come and go through the day during the last half of my cycle, with about 2 days of relief just before my period starts. They occur in this order: feeling of anxiety or that something is wrong, abdominal pain which worsens quickly, sweating and feeling hot, bloating so badly that my pants have to be undone, then starts the nausea and impending bowl movement so finding a bathroom is critical IF I can even walk at this point.  The pain is so bad I sometimes can only lay on the floor and not speak.  After about 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on how bad the episode is, I start to feel better. Usually burping occurs around this time so it's like a signal to me that it's almost over.  This happens several times during the day and at night, disrupting my sleep, my work, my relationships, my entire life.  It's difficult to explain to friends, family and employers that I can function normally for two weeks each month, but the other two weeks I am a wreck and may dissapear into the bathroom at any moment with no idea how long I'll be in there.  Birth control pills do seem to lesson the pain, dimishing it to only one episode in the morning after waking, but if I miss a pill I am in trouble again.  I can not excercise during those two weeks either because when my heart rate gets up a bit, the abdonimal pain kicks in.  I have also noticed that some foods make the pain more intense, for example if I have eaten garlic.  Some friends have suggested food intolerance, but then why do I feel fine for the first two weeks of my cycle?  There is definitely something hormonal going on that is NOT normal.  I have not been able to have children, in spite of years of trying and strongly suspect it is tied to this problem, but getting a doctor to acknowledge it or finding one that knows anything about why this is happening is impossible.  I did have some endometrisis removed in surgury hoping it would help, but it did not relieve the symptoms at all.  Good luck everyone that is suffering.  I'm glad to know I'm not alone, but sad to hear that so many are seeking answers.  To any doctors that might read this, PLEASE put a panel together made up of OB GYNS, Gastroenteroligists, and Endocrinologists and put your heads together to come up with the missing link and a solution.


JamD wrote at 2012-01-02 04:03:24
Ditto!  I'm 40. I've had cyclical nausea since my mid-20s, when I was told it was "all in my head." I always felt like it was similar to morning sickness - even though eating sounds totally unappealing, it usually helps the symptoms.  I've had trouble tracking it exactly - but I'm thinking now that it might happen BOTH around day 9/10 of my cycle, and again right before I start - perhaps both hormone peaks cause issues for me?  But I didn't have the nausea when I was pregnant, or when I was on the pill.



In recent months, I've had more gas than nausea on the day 9/10.  I just want to feel confident that there aren't more serious problems going on.  I've consulted several doctors, had various tests, all has been normal.


Nicoleb wrote at 2012-01-22 04:20:21
I have had this problem too. I am now 35 and it has been going on fo over10 years. Advil works the best but I usually can't eat for 2 days afterward and my lower abdomen feels tender. It happens during ovulation.  The pain used to be so bad that I would faint. That's until I figured out the Advil trick. I have been to the ER 3 times in 10 years.  No one has been able to figure it out.  It does not happen when I am pregnant or nursing either. I also experience difficulty urinating during ovulation ESP in the am. I have to push very hard to get the urine to come out. When ovulation is done I go right back to normal. Glad I am not alone!




Dana wrote at 2012-02-04 04:26:05
Gastrointestinal symptoms can be linked to certain female problems, including but not limited to ovarian cysts.



Please look at http://women.webmd.com/ovarian-cysts for more information.



As always, a very healthy diet is a good place to start alleviating digestive problems as well.  



For mood problems, you may want to investigate the balance of progesterone to estrogen in your system.  Imbalances can cause or exacerbate mood problem.


skytre wrote at 2012-02-27 04:35:08
It is such a relief to hear that so many other women have these experiences! I am 39 and have had completely regular periods since age 14. In the past year, approximately 7 - 10 days into my cycle, I have started having abdominal pain that feels like mild period cramps, gas, bloating, diarrhea, nausea, no appetite (but eating helps the nausea), wild mood swings (I wept hysterically one morning because my husband had a shower before, instead of after, he made the coffee), sore breasts, migraines and a pink-red mucousy discharge that I assume is ovulation bleeding. The symptoms last for about 5-days and then come and go until my period starts. Although I have strong cramps during my period, the last days of my period are when I feel the best, followed by the 7 or so days before it all starts again. It has become so regular and predictable that I think it must be related to ovulation and getting older.


krisa wrote at 2012-05-04 05:22:35
Thank goodness! Finally, I no longer feel alone.  I am 42 and also experience the cramping, nausea, diarrhea, bloating, and gas that many of you shared. It usually starts during ovulation and on and off until my period starts.  It is very frustrating that doctors do not seem to have answers. Your stories make me feel supported. Thank you!


eo wrote at 2012-05-12 05:05:59
glad to have found this forum.  i have always had heavy periods that come about every 5 weeks, but over the last two years  ( i am 41 )  i have started to experience exactly what most of you have.  during ovulation it basically feels as though i have the stomach flu.  my migraines are the worst all month, i wake repeatedly with diarrhea, and the gas is out of control.  lately i have been suffering from severe lightheadedness, vertigo and severe fatigue.  the window of 'feeling normal' each month seems to be closing.  


Argenchick wrote at 2012-06-03 19:15:51
I feel so relieved to hear others talk about the same thing! I feel like I only have 4-5 normal days on each cycle! My poor husband! I feel like I get the stomach flu when I am ovulating and then the flu when I have my period. My brain stops working and I am exhausted for two days! I am 39 and it seems worse after having had 3 kids. I will try the calcium- magnesium combo. My stomach is so sensitive that I feel like I have an ulcer though! I will also try to make changes to my diet even though I eat very healthy.


clementine wrote at 2012-06-06 05:40:38
It has been comforting to know that I am not alone here.  Thank you for sharing your stories!  I usually have cramping and what feels like a pulled muscles over the ovulating ovary on day 11.  Also for 1-3 days, I cannot pass a bowel movement and urinating is difficult.  My question is:  how many people have had a c-section / is this a link somehow?  I never had any problems before kids, but now every month it is painful during ovulation and during menstruation.  I had c-sections with 3 children.


Avettlover wrote at 2012-06-10 05:31:36
I'm here because it's 1am and I googled "ovulation and constipation".  During ovulation I have terrible gas, bloating, dizziness, nausea, pain that feels like a pulled muscle, irritability and exhaustion that many of you have.  I also have PCOS and have had a c-section.  I'm positive that these issues are related to ovulation.  I have been on birth control for 13yrs except for the month before I became pregnant and during pregnancy.  My husband and I are trying for baby #2 so I stopped taking the pill 3 months ago and have only had this issues during ovulation the last two months. I was convinced I was pregnant because of these crazy symptoms but had a neg blood test.   I'm happy I found this bc I was feeling paranoid that I have gallstones or pancreatic cancer!  Think this might be something we have to live with but I'm going to try the vitamin route suggested earlier.


MelG wrote at 2012-06-14 14:20:26
I am 44 and started having problems after 40.  I like many of you have the extreme bloating during ovulation and I am soooo dizzy and have intermittent nausea for a couple days. My doc says to drink plenty of water, take the calcuim 500 with vitamin D supplement and exercise before you start to ease the symptoms. I also take "probiotic colon support" which is a Target brand costing only $10 a month. It helps with the gas, gurgling etc... though it takes about 2 weeks to work. I dont think there is a magic cure and the meds only seem to cause other issues down the line.  Hopefully someone will come up with a natural remedy soon......


tks118 wrote at 2012-07-01 23:57:54
WOW.  MISERY LOVES COMPANY.  So I have all of the same symptoms.  awful gas cramps.  constipation for days durnig ovulation.  Now its also giving me awful heartburn.  I have had 3 c-sections and I thought maybe it was scar tissue and that I had a bowel obstruction.  I have been diagnosed.... so for all of you.... look this up.  (by the way, this didn't start for me until in my late 40's , I am 53 now)

I have been diagnosed with endometriosis and Middleschmertz syndrome.  I have been told that what happens is during ovulation everything inside swells up and is supposed to slough off.  my misery is compounded by my scar tissue which doesn't leave enough space for normal body functions to continue.  I was put on the pill and all my issues went away!!! (even my period).  I went off the pill to see if I was going thru menopause yet, and the minute that happened I am back in pain.  


tks118 wrote at 2012-07-02 00:07:09
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mittelschmerz

check this out.  


laura21 wrote at 2012-07-02 22:59:01
Hello all ovulation haters....



For 10 years I was on the pill so suffered with nothing relating to ovulating, came off pill in 2005 and in 5yrs I have had 3 children, all c-sections.



I know I suffer with mittleshmerz as this was confirmed by a GP about 18 months ago. I've had two ultrasounds which confirmed cysts on my right ovary but they are of "normal" size and so were left alone. Some months I have hardly any ovulating discomfort. But other months I get everything thats been written on the above posts.



I'm always aware of ovulation due to very heavy cervical mucus and the sharp pains in my right side due to the egg scraping its way down my right ovary....as that is what it feels like. I ovulate around day 8 or 9 (very early) and this continues for around 6 days which is today. This month has been shocking. On day 3 the indigestion started and for 2 days now I have had horrendous wind and my stomach is so round I look at least 5 months pregnant. I am irritable, tired and have poor concentration. The pain is at its worst right now so the egg is on the move, tomorrow I will be left with a bruised type feeling in the same area but hopefully through the night my tummy will go back down and the fluid retention in my legs will disappear too. I am seeing my GP next week, I have a vitamin D deficiency (not linked, was picked up during some blood tests for other things) and for 3 months was on a HUGE dose of vit D that I took just once a week.....for three months I have had no awful ovulation discomfort. I am wondering if the two are slightly linked. PMT I can cope with but I have about 1 good week a month were I fit in my clothes, i have energy and I can cope with life and looking after my children. Currently I feel yuck. I cannot take asprin based pain relief as I am allergic to asprin so I take co-codamol, great for the pain but doesn't help with the constipation that I have as it bungs you up if you take too many. I feel like my bowel is about to burst but when I go to the loo hardly anything happens then the opposite will happen and I go about 4 times in one day. Its miserable. I don't think my diet affects it as surely I would see other symptoms at other times of the month, however I do know that salt is the enemy when it comes to water retention. I have drunk about 4 pints of water today - i think it may have helped slightly but it could be that im at the end of the ovulation cycle and the "worst" is over. Sometimes its so painful that sitting down is impossible and lying down and going to sleep is what I crave. Sitting on the loo as if you need a poo is sometimes the only way I can deal with the pain but even then that can make me want to cry as its just so so painful.



It is reassuring to see these posts and I think I will try the calcium and magnesium remedy. I did try Evening primrose but I don't think I took it long enough to see a real benefit....



I will post again with an update regarding the vitamin D deficiency and if I have to continue with the once a week tablets whether I see a difference in ovulation next month.



xxx


ana wrote at 2012-08-29 03:05:20
I am reading all these, HOPING this is what I have!  Because at least it's not cancer or something deadly.



I have all the symptoms mentioned, the worst part is the gas/bloating.  I have usually had the ovulation pains on one side for a while, but this gas thing is not usually so bad.  The only thing I've done different this month is that i've been on a diet.  I've lost only 4-5 pounds this month, but I wonder if that threw off my hormones?  Yeah, but now I'm off the diet because I'm just eating anything that I think might make me feel better!



I think this is definitely an Estrogen thing.  And I feel EXACTLY how I used to feel in the beginning stages of pregnancy.   (except I'm not throwing up--that came later in the pregnancy).  



I think it is probably HIGH LEVELS OF ESTROGEN during this time.  Why don't the doctors help us?  Well, it's easy to add more hormones to the body, but very hard to take them away. (a good analogy would be adding salt to soup.)



So what do we do?   



Right now I feel like I have the flu.  Body aches and feel like I have a fever (but I don't) and the gas and bloating.  It's exactly how I felt when pregnant. (I'm sure I'm not pregnant now).  



At least I'm not alone.   I'm going to stop dieting and see if that helps.  If so, then I'm just going to have to be a very curvy woman the rest of my life, because this is horrible!


Samantha wrote at 2012-08-29 22:31:56
I am 38 years old. Reading these posts makes me frustrated(that so many women suffer) and relieved all at the same time (that I am not alone). I have been horrific bouts of the runs, nausea, dizziness, weakness and shortness of breath accompanied by a knife-like pain in my right side for over a year. I have gone to every doctor imaginable. I have Celiac Disease and recently found out by laproscopy that I have Endometriosis. I started the pill 3 months ago, but still have symptoms. I have been keeping a food journal to see if one doctors diagnosis of IBS is correct, but it doesn't seem to correlate. Yoga seems to help a bit, but the loss of feeling good on a daily basis has really begun to make me feel depressed and anxious.


Over it wrote at 2012-09-12 23:33:49
Thank you ladies for your honesty.  Just to add to the evidence that ovulation sickness is real, at least every other month, around day 9/10 of my cycle, I have pelvic pain, bloating, gas, nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, headaches. This lasts  anywhere from 3-6 days and sometimes I wonder if I have the stomach flu. Anyway, I'm sure it's related to the rise of certain hormones, similar to the rise during pregnancy.  I'm sure bc pills, which prevent ovulation, would help but at 37 yrs old I'm just not interested. Thanks again to all for helping me feel normal!  


Mel wrote at 2012-09-21 02:05:36
OMG, till now I thought I was alone in this world, suffering with extreme gas and bloating. Last year I went thru a series of exams with a gastro to rule out any GI issues but they did not find anything. They made me try a lactose free diet, a wheat free diet and many others. Then I started noting a pattern that around the time of my ovulation and after I was experiencing bloating. For me it lasts almost till my period and then goes away after that. I haven't really found a solution yet.


Lili wrote at 2012-09-23 16:44:26
I've been experiencing a lot of the same symptoms as most of you, and it's been going on for the last 7 years.  Thankfully, it's not something that happens every single month.  The pain and discomfort hits me about every other month.  My symptoms are anywhere from mild to severe.  I experience cramping, bloating, gas, nausea, and dizziness.  On my severe days I experience nausea, severe pain, dizziness, shivering, sweating, and blacking out from the intense pain.  It strikes without warning.  I've even had to be carried out of a Target stores bathroom stall because I was balled over in pain and unable to move.  I was carried out literally screaming in pain.  This severe level of pain has only happened a few times.  Most of the time I tolerate it well and it helps to have Tylenol or Ibuprofen on hand.  I've mistaken it for appendicitis when it's on my right side, but it has happened on both sides.  I've been to many doctors.  None of them know what it is.  I did have an ultrasound done once shortly after an episode.  They did detect a cyst on one of my ovaries, but were not able to confirm if that was the cause.  Blood tests are normal.  Pap smears are normal.  I've started to give up on doctors.  This is something that's plagued many women for such a long time.  More studying needs to be done on this subject and hopefully a cure or some kind of relief can be provided to sufferers.  In the meantime, I be sure to track my periods and ovulation every month so I know when I'm most likely to experience symptoms.  During those days I try to take it easy and rest.  Drink lots of water and take a vitamin.  One thing that helps big time is using a hot water bottle when resting.  I place it directly over the area that is hurting and it provides excellent relief.  Good luck to everyone.  Just remember to take it easy and rest as much as you can during these times.  Try different things until you figure out what works best for controlling your pain.  


Viola wrote at 2012-10-05 02:13:18
I've had the same problems since my teens (I'm now 43 and perimenopausal), but also have a history of treated endometriosis and a medical diagnosis now of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. IBS does flare up at ovulation, there's no doubt, especially when I ovulate on my right side. I also had diverticulitis twice and swelled like a balloon and was in agony.



What has worked for me:



* EXERCISE - especially walking and swimming gently. Any kind of regular (even gentle) exercise is going to make you feel better all over, including mentally, and it can help even out the bowel function as well.



Get a treadmill and put the iPod in your ears and just walk, and you can fart like a donkey if you like - you can't hear it, and if you go in a room by yourself, ideally not too many other people can hear it either! And if you need to stop and run to the toilet, then you can, in the privacy of your own home.



Gentle swimming and stretching, especially in a heated pool, gives you buoyancy and relieves that awful dragging weight. If you are shy about your appearance at this time of the month, either go alone or join an elderly/obese women's hydrotherapy class!



* IBUPROFEN - only in modest amounts, as I find it can actually give me more gas



* HEAT PACK - on the sore belly



* METAMUCIL - firms the runs and loosens the stones, as it were ...



* LOPERAMIDE - in desperate cases of diarrhea, especially when I have some kind of commitment I have to make to an event and can't be running outside all the time. Loperamide also stops the intestinal cramping that is so painful.



* MAGNESIUM - anti-cramping and helps ease the periods a bit too



* GINGER AND/OR PEPPERMINT TEA - surprisingly and rapidly effective against nausea and cramping, and also helps expel the gas. Leave the bag in the boiling water for at least 5 minutes and make it really strong.



Don't be afraid to try a range of different remedies at different times; it really can vary tremendously.  


Laviejita78 wrote at 2012-10-09 13:16:48
I am 34 years old and I have noticed that after I had my son at 29 that my cycle has been completely screwy. 7 days before my period starts I have horrendous PMS. Then I get my period for 5 days.. Then after that I start feeling bloated and achy preovulation.. Also constipated so it hurts for bowel movement with back pain. Then on the 14th day I ovulate and look like I'm 4 months pregnant. So that leaves me with about one decent week where I feel human. I have tried an iud and i cant handle hormonal contraceptives to help alleviate symptoms. I've already had an endometrial ablation which helped with the crazy bleeding, but this roller coaster is making me crazy. Any suggestions? Does anyone else have anything similar? Thanks


silverbird wrote at 2012-10-16 14:32:59
Funny how we're all so miserable and yet the medical profession doesn't seem to have a clue.

2nd DD was born 5 years ago.  Since her birth my PMS has become worse, to the point that some months I was convinced I had food poisoning or the flu.  I am getting menstrual migraines which start these episodes, always just before AF.

In the last few months, though, I have also had the ovulation pain.  I was on BC for the last 5 years and stopped 5 months ago.  I have never had this ovulation pain before, even when off the pill.  It is just as everyone described, from the gas pain and stools, to the mood being on edge and irritable.  This time I have the added inability to walk without my stomach/gut area being terrible painful.  It is an intense heavy feeling like my uterus wants to drop out of me.  While I feel better knowing that I am not alone in dealing with this, it is still so very frustrating that I only feel well for a short part of each month.  The rest of the time I am snapping at my kids because I feel like crap all the time.  This is not the mother that I want them to have!

I do believe that a good, quality multivitamin has helped me at least a little bit.  I started taking a GNC women's vitamin.  Often vitamins make me nauseous, but theirs is not synthetic i guess and our bodies are better able to absorb it.  Bottle says to take 2 daily, but I just take 1 on normal days.  When I get sick I kick it up to 2.  It seemed to help last month.  

I am 37 years old and delivered both kids the old fashioned way (no c-section).

My best wishes for health and happiness to you all.


Allison wrote at 2012-10-18 20:48:22
Oh my gosh...I am SO happy I found this page!  I was freaking out about the bloat (upper abdomen) gas, feeling full...etc...It is always around ovulation...I feel like there is not room for everything in my stomach!  It is all being pushed up towards my rib cage...I have an appt with my gyn on Monday.  This is definitely the worst month...I gave up gluten about 2 months ago and I think dairy is next...EVERYTHING bothers me!  Thanks for making me feel less alone!


KOA wrote at 2012-10-21 03:36:43
I am so glad I found this page too!  I have been through multiple doctors as well that told me everything is just great! Multiple blood test and sonograms came back  I as on birth control for about 16 years and recently went off the pill.  From there I had an early miscarriage - after that is when I started having mid cycle symptoms of Nausea and Cramping and painful nipple radiating pain lasting for about 6 days.  The nausea is sooo bad it seems like I have the flu.  Honestly I feel pretty crappy until my period to tell you the truth.  So I basically have 1.5 weeks a month where I feel good.   My OBGYN suggested I go on birthcontrol for 3 months to try and correct the problem- The same birthcontrol I was on for 16 years.  Welp, I got so freaking sick (nausea, cramping, vomiting, anxiety) on the pill this time I had to quit it mid pack.  It took me 2 weeks to recover and I lost about 8 lbs.  I am now underweight-  and trying to eat my way back up normal weight but it's hard when you feel nauseous all the time.  I should be sponsored by Pepto Bismol.  I'm 34 now and I'm worried this is going to last for the rest of my fertile years.  :S  Good Luck  


speedyshell wrote at 2012-10-25 12:08:27
Whilst these symptons may be normal it doesn't make them any less painful or stressful to deal with. I have a diagnosis of Mittelschermz and have suffered pain on ovulation, sometimes severe, sometimes just uncomfortable for around 20 years now.

My periods have historically been horrendous, I have horrible PMS which includes migranes, bloating, mood swings to name but a few and then my periods are heavy and I always become anaemic. I have often felt like I have two periods a month and that I only have a week free from symptons associated with my menstrual cycle.

On a whim (several months ago), I purchased some high dose Evening Primrose Oil. I have always been sceptical about Herbal supplements but I have found my breast and back pain is reduced and I have only had one premenstrual migraine since I started taking them (when previously I had at least one a month if not two). When I ran out of Evening Primrose Oil a few weeks ago I purchased B6 tablets as well and I must admit I feel so much better since, I still had PMS but the symptons were much reduced and so far (my period started yesterday) so good. I normally have to take painkillers throughout the duration of my period but nothing so far today.

I would say to anyone who suffers any or all of these symptoms try herbal supplements, if they work thats great, if not well you won't have lost anything apart from a few pounds.  


MM wrote at 2012-10-25 17:04:22
I too have Acid Reflux that I find to correlate with ovulation... of course no GI dr agrees that there is a correlation, but for the last 8 years I've done a better job of tracking myself.  I am currently on pantoprazole twice a day and that seems to be working.  I eat very healthy and exercise, no smoking and healthy weight of 124lbs at 5'5"



I dont know if there is a direct relationship, or if maybe increased swelling of uterus maybe presses on stomach? or if it is actual change in specific hormones, but I agree- it definitely is related to my cycle.  


Paininthea wrote at 2012-11-03 06:18:50
Hi I am just one more sufferer and have been for many years (probably about 15 years) I am almost 49 and I would love to reassure those of you who are younger by saying the symptoms have eased with age but I am sorry to say that is not the case. I am picking that the problem will disappear one day when I have been through menopause. In the meantime I put up with it and remind myself that at least I know I am ovulating. I hate to talk about it and although I have mentioned the nausea and pain to friends (curious as to whether they also suffer the same thing) I have never mentioned to them the other obvious symptom of gross mucous that looks like the clear white of an egg when you break it open. It was when I started getting this mucou at the same time as the pain, nauseA and discomfort that I made the definite connection with ovulation.

I always feel gross and sick but I just put up with it knowing it will pass, but like so many of you it means I have only a small

Window each mo th that I actually feel good in my abdomen and self. Shame there's not a simple solution to deal with it!  One of the most frustrating things for me is that it keeps me awake at night with pain and nausea. I find taking some  paracetamol or similar does help a bit but not entirely.


K8ieCsu wrote at 2012-12-19 15:50:29
Thank you to everyone on here for voicing your symptoms! I've been googling my symptoms since I gave up birth control 6 months ago and I regret that it has taken me this long to find this. I am experiencing all these symptoms right now! Dizziness, headache, bowel problems, etc. I've noticed over the past 6 months that I also feel as if I have a head cold: stopped up, body aches, tiredness, sore throat, and I don't know how else to describe it other than my forehead feels warm from the inside out! This sets in the day before ovulation and last about 24-36 hours. I've had endometriosis, but had a very mild case which was operated on 3 years ago. Had an ultrasound last month due to the pain and the doctor saw nothing - no cysts. I've never had children, but want to start trying to conceive in the next couple of months. I now wonder if I even can. Well, I'm glad I'm not that much of an anomaly, I helps to know that at least someone else knows what I'm talking about!


O2BaMan wrote at 2012-12-25 11:58:39
Hi everyone, the depth and length of comments on this forum just goes to show what a debilitating problem this is for so many women.



The reason I found this link is because I googled 'bloating from ovulation' as I am so bloated today I look 6 months pregnant and the gas is just horrendous (sorry !).



I used to think that the periods were the worst part - the migraines, the flu like symptoms, the heavy bleeding and the gas and upset stomach but I am actually getting worse side effects from my ovulation these days.



In August I had a Mirena inserted out of desperation to try and reduce the horrendous periods, but for some reason I am still ovulating strongly more than 4 months later and the bloating is worse than ever.   



I have always had ovulation pain since I was a teenanger, and I was once taken to hospital with suspected apendicitis only to be told I had 'ovulation pain'. I was 23 then and I'm now 41 and still battling along only it's 10 times worse since I've had two children and gone past 35.



I always felt quite lucky that I knew when I was ovulating, and the egg-white like mucus that many of the ladies have mentioned is ofcourse the first thing you look for when you are trying to GET pregnant so it's a good sign that you're ovulation is all good.



Reading many of your comments has convinced me this mid-life reproductive system hell is only going to get worse and quite frankly I want to enjoy my life like a guy can. They don't get bloated, they don't get mood swings (well .. most don't) and they don't have to function whilst feeling lousy pretty much every day.



I think a hysterectomy would solve a lot of these problems !



Can anyone offer some advice as to whether there are any negative side effects ??  


jls62301 wrote at 2013-01-24 17:05:31
Thank you so much ladies for your honesty! I am 39 and have always had terrible pms and heavy bleeding but in the last 7 years it has gotten considerably worse. Over the last 4 years or so I have had extreme sharp pains in my ovaries followed by 3-7 days of exreme bloating, gas, pain and pressure. I too look 5 months pregnant. I have been to the er and the walk in clinic before I realized that all of this coincided with ovulation. During an ultrasound they did find an ovarian cyst so I'm not sure if this has anything to do with my symptoms. Unfortunately, I don't have the money to keep going to the doctor just to have them tell me to take ibuprofen and use a heating pad!!



2 months ago I couldn't take it anymore so I started the depo shot. Since then I feel like I'm ovulating 2-3 times a month followed by very heavy periods and enormous clots that scare me. I have talked to my doctor and she assures me that symptoms should improve after my next shot which is 3 weeks away.



Today I am sitting here exhausted and looking and feeling pregnant. It would be so nice to not to be controlled by my hormones. I really hope this depo shot works soon because I don't know how much more of this I can take.



It is comforting to know I'm not alone and I pray that you all get a solution to this.


Feels like labor pain wrote at 2013-01-29 02:53:28
I have read through the above & feel better that I'm not alone! This pain feels like I'm in labor! The sharp stabbing pain in abdominal area & lower back! Always 9-11 days after cycle starts. I have kep a journal & know it's ovulation time, as my cycle is 24-28 days. It's especially horrible, as this is the week I look most forward to with my husband & he was probably thinking it was an excuse not to have the intimate time until we saw it has continued for 13 mths, same time every month, only 1-3 days of discomfort. I have tried to be proactive, taking 'say yes to beans', sometimes works & reducing intake of gassy vegetables during this time. (1 mth pain lasted 8 days & think it was the pumpkin squash soup I was having each night, it's a very gaseous veggie in concentration) Found little relief fr drinking down half tsp of baking soda with ounce of water. 5 mths of adding several superfoods to my diet in a protein shake for breakfast, followed by ginger tea, last

mth I had no pain at ovulation. This month pain is here on 9th day. So i found this & I am

trying charco caps this time. I believe I'm fairly healthy, no medical issues, pap results

just came back normal. I eat well & have tried several remedies, just don't understand WHY! I will also add the calcium & magnesium. After reading, think This must be

hormonal.


OvulationPain wrote at 2013-02-01 02:46:49
Soo glad too see other responces. I am 38 and would vomit from menstural pain when very young. In my late teens and 20's I had what I thought was IBS. However I started a no meat diet and and no menstural pain for 15 yrs. I have had 2 children both via c-section and for the majority of last 5 yrs been preg or EBF ing my children. I went back to eating meat as my son has several food allergies and I am still occasionally nursing. Ever since about 7 months postpartum my ovulation is HORRID mostly very loose stools and smelley farts a few days before and then such instense shooting pain I cant walk for about two hrs ibuprofen and a mega dose of an anacid with simethicone and 1-2 hrs in a cery warm bath get me through it. Then I am fine for4 more weeks. One other thing of note my period has been getting shorter and is now down to one day of some very dark jelly like reside on tissues and two days of bleeding, one day pretty light.


Gassy Too wrote at 2013-02-16 04:47:09
I have noticed the same problems the past few  months and have came to the conclusion it is when I ovulate. The gas is just unbearable. I was convinced I.have colon cancer or something horrible until reading similar posts. Thanks for sharing! I'm having an ultrasound in a couple of weeks. I'm thinking endometriosis, ovarian cyst or hormonal imbalance from what I have read. How frustrating drs do not really know more about this. Hopefully mine will!!


Praying for healing wrote at 2013-03-02 21:52:38
I too am so glad that I found this website. I started feeling badly after I weaned my second son from breast-feeding in November.  My symptoms started with a woozy headed kind of dizzy feeling but no spinning or true vertigo.  Then after two days of that and feeling more tired than usual I woke up one morning and felt extremely nauseous, nearly vomiting.  Nausea continued and I began the multiple trips to my PCP and even the emergency room scared to death that I had some kind of tumor or cancer.  I was worked up for everything from carcinoid tumors to adrenal tumors to brain tumors and of course all the blood and urine test that many of you have had as well.  I had lost about 5 pounds making me underweight for my height and I still had not had a period from when I was pregnant and breast-feeding my son so my OB/GYN thought I should try birth control to regulate my cycle And perhaps make me feel better.  Well I got much worse and of course all of this is now hindsight, but I see now that the birth control pill was making my nausea and loss of appetite more severe.  So I stopped the birth control pill and immediately felt a little better, at least back to my baseline loss of appetite headaches dizziness and nausea.  I kept researching my symptoms and thought perhaps I might have a Hormone deficiency since this all began after I stopped breast-feeding my son.  So one month ago I went back to my OB/GYN and requested that she test all of my hormones and do another blood panel that included B and D vitamins.  Well it came back that My progesterone and D were very low and so she put me on a progesterone cream that was natural progesterone and prescription as well as 4000 units of vitamin D per day.  Meanwhile I also improved my diet significantly and was trying to find ways to destress as a crazy busy mom who works full-time.  And I forgot to mention that I was experiencing quite a bit of anxiety with all of this more so in the beginning before all the test came back negative but still continuing being that I did not know what was wrong with me or know how to fix it.  Anyway, I did start to notice a difference with the progesterone cream specifically I was sleeping better, I also forgot to mention that I had horrible insomnia with all of this, waking up sometimes 6 to 10 times in 30 minutes while trying to go to sleep and having the startle response with my heart palpating heavily every  time I would wake up.  So the insomnia got better but most significantly the nausea almost nearly went away. I would have a little queasiness in the morning but my appetite was back and I didn't have the true nausea after starting the vitamin D and progesterone.  Now I am essentially left with occasional queasiness, fatigue that is more obvious in the evenings, and daily afternoon  pressure headaches that are often Associated with that Whoozy, heavy-headed feeling.  It feels like sinus pressure and pressure through my temples, but I do not have any sinus symptoms.  Also I still get an anxious feeling pretty much every afternoon that last through the evening. I feel like my hardest time of day is between 5 and 7 PM, but that is also when I'm busiest and most tired.  My doctor did give me a Prescription for "baby Strength" Xanax  because he wanted to pull the anxiety card on me, but when I do feel my worst I find that it does calm the symptoms for whatever reason.  So essentially I am significantly better than I was three months ago now that I am doing several things to manage my symptoms. Just to recap I am eating a much healthier diet with more fruits, vegetables, protein and significantly less sugar and processed foods. I try to get out and have quiet exercise time for 30 minutes every morning. I am using 50 mg of progesterone cream each night and taking whole food organic vitamins That include B complex, D, and magnesium.  Oh and I also have figured out that my blood pressure is running about 15 points lower with systolic and diastolic than normal for some reason and found that drinking more water and a cup of chicken broth a day helps manage the headaches and whoozy headed feeling.  So I'm not perfect but feeling a little more in control with all of these various tricks. I know this post was quite a run on however this whole experience has been nothing but crazy and run on. I still pray every day that God will completely heal me and take me back to the way I was just in October 2012.  But thinking about it I really wasn't feeling that great then either because I had completely let myself go, taking care of everyone else but myself. I know many of you know exactly what I'm talking about. I think God may have used this in my life to teach me that I needed to take care of my body, because it is his temple. I thank God every day for the healing that he has brought me and That the doctors found nothing significantly wrong through all of those test. I asked him to heal me more every day and pray that he will let me feel whole again to serve him more completely.  I will continue to pray for all of you as well and thank you for this forum because I go back to it frequently when I feel discouraged. God bless


Praying for healing wrote at 2013-03-02 21:54:53
I too am so glad that I found this website. I started feeling badly after I weaned my second son from breast-feeding in November.  My symptoms started with a woozy headed kind of dizzy feeling but no spinning or true vertigo.  Then after two days of that and feeling more tired than usual I woke up one morning and felt extremely nauseous, nearly vomiting.  Nausea continued and I began the multiple trips to my PCP and even the emergency room scared to death that I had some kind of tumor or cancer.  I was worked up for everything from carcinoid tumors to adrenal tumors to brain tumors and of course all the blood and urine test that many of you have had as well.  I had lost about 5 pounds making me underweight for my height and I still had not had a period from when I was pregnant and breast-feeding my son so my OB/GYN thought I should try birth control to regulate my cycle And perhaps make me feel better.  Well I got much worse and of course all of this is now hindsight, but I see now that the birth control pill was making my nausea and loss of appetite more severe.  So I stopped the birth control pill and immediately felt a little better, at least back to my baseline loss of appetite headaches dizziness and nausea.  I kept researching my symptoms and thought perhaps I might have a Hormone deficiency since this all began after I stopped breast-feeding my son.  So one month ago I went back to my OB/GYN and requested that she test all of my hormones and do another blood panel that included B and D vitamins.  Well it came back that My progesterone and D were very low and so she put me on a progesterone cream that was natural progesterone and prescription as well as 4000 units of vitamin D per day.  Meanwhile I also improved my diet significantly and was trying to find ways to destress as a crazy busy mom who works full-time.  And I forgot to mention that I was experiencing quite a bit of anxiety with all of this more so in the beginning before all the test came back negative but still continuing being that I did not know what was wrong with me or know how to fix it.  Anyway, I did start to notice a difference with the progesterone cream specifically I was sleeping better, I also forgot to mention that I had horrible insomnia with all of this, waking up sometimes 6 to 10 times in 30 minutes while trying to go to sleep and having the startle response with my heart palpating heavily every  time I would wake up.  So the insomnia got better but most significantly the nausea almost nearly went away. I would have a little queasiness in the morning but my appetite was back and I didn't have the true nausea after starting the vitamin D and progesterone.  Now I am essentially left with occasional queasiness, fatigue that is more obvious in the evenings, and daily afternoon  pressure headaches that are often Associated with that Whoozy, heavy-headed feeling.  It feels like sinus pressure and pressure through my temples, but I do not have any sinus symptoms.  Also I still get an anxious feeling pretty much every afternoon that last through the evening. I feel like my hardest time of day is between 5 and 7 PM, but that is also when I'm busiest and most tired.  My doctor did give me a Prescription for "baby Strength" Xanax  because he wanted to pull the anxiety card on me, but when I do feel my worst I find that it does calm the symptoms for whatever reason.  So essentially I am significantly better than I was three months ago now that I am doing several things to manage my symptoms. Just to recap I am eating a much healthier diet with more fruits, vegetables, protein and significantly less sugar and processed foods. I try to get out and have quiet exercise time for 30 minutes every morning. I am using 50 mg of progesterone cream each night and taking whole food organic vitamins That include B complex, D, and magnesium.  Oh and I also have figured out that my blood pressure is running about 15 points lower with systolic and diastolic than normal for some reason and found that drinking more water and a cup of chicken broth a day helps manage the headaches and whoozy headed feeling.  So I'm not perfect but feeling a little more in control with all of these various tricks. I know this post was quite a run on however this whole experience has been nothing but crazy and run on. I still pray every day that God will completely heal me and take me back to the way I was just in October 2012.  But thinking about it I really wasn't feeling that great then either because I had completely let myself go, taking care of everyone else but myself. I know many of you know exactly what I'm talking about. I think God may have used this in my life to teach me that I needed to take care of my body, because it is his temple. I thank God every day for the healing that he has brought me and That the doctors found nothing significantly wrong through all of those test. I asked him to heal me more every day and pray that he will let me feel whole again to serve him more completely.  I will continue to pray for all of you as well and thank you for this forum because I go back to it frequently when I feel discouraged. God bless


danado wrote at 2013-03-02 23:41:46
Ladies, ladies, ladies....please let me shed some light n our nightmare....I have been suffering for over a year now and after great research, I am finally getting to the bottom of this mystery....we are all suffering from hormonal imbalance ....our ratio of estrogen to progesterone is off ...we are all estrogen dominant ...u can only get help through saliva testing and a good functional medicine Dr....there are many reasons why progesterone gets low and chronic or acute stress is one of them ....low progesterone causes gallbladder disease ...which is more than likely what we are experiencing with the digestive problems...it also affects the thyroid and also causes insulin resistance which makes it difficult for us to lose weight ...look into all the symptoms of low progesterone on womentowomen.com ....your Dr may tell u your blood results are normal but he is not considering the ratio between estrogen to progesterone....a functional medicine Dr looks at the ratio between the 2 because too low of progesterone causes many horrible symptoms....bloating, fatigue, wooziness, digestive problems, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, fibroids, sis, clots, heavy bleeding, on and on and on ....ladies please understand that if progesterone is low then gaba will also be too low....xanax raises gaba syntheticly but doetor the real culprit which is low progesterone....u only want bioidentical progesterone pill ...no synthetic progesterone, no birth control ....no progesterone cream because the cream can raise cortisol too quickly ...please know u r not imagining these symptoms ...we as women Must demand better healthcare than being offered antidepressants and antianxiety meds ....the real culprit is estrogen dominance which is caused from our foods, our make-ups and lotions, etc...first step is cut grains and sugars...ps, 3-4 cups of coffee increases a woman's estrogen by up to 70%...the research is out there ...read Dr Lee, Dr Sears, and womentowomen websites...I started bioidentical progesterone pills 7 days ago and my panic and anxiety is virtually gone...hoping the wooziness will be next and digestive issues...may have to just have my gallbladder removed...consulting with gastro Dr in a fe..w weeks to get his take on things ...best wishes to all women on finding a good functional medicine Dr ...search the internet for one in your area and get a zrt saliva test ...if estrogen is 1 then progesterone should be 200-300....u only take bioidentical progesterone pill on days 12-24 so in have a normal cycle


JM wrote at 2013-03-25 16:27:53
I am a medical doctor and have been in practice for 10-years. Let me tell you: they never taught us any of this in medical school and it is only now that I am going through it myself that I have a clue what women have been talking about! As soon as I turned 39, I started having terrible bowel symptoms around the time of ovulation. Horrible diarrhea (doesn't matter what I eat), gurgling gas (seriously loud!), bloating (looks like I am pregnant), severe bowel cramping that feels exactly like the one time in my life I had food poisoning, an urge to have a bowel movement (but can't), lower back pain and sometimes nausea. It also feels like my urine is thicker and harder to get out, which sounds crazy, unless you have experienced it! After reading this site, I have realized that it also seems worse every 3 - 4 cycles. It was so bad this month that for the first time in a decade, I had to call in sick to work. I have also started to have hot flashes to the point that people around me can feel the heat and see my flushed face. I told my sister about all of this and she said she has had these symptoms around ovulation for most of her life. It helps to hear other women have very similar experiences and knowing that alone has been a relief. I just tell myself that it will pass (it starts within 1 - 2 days of ovulation and is over in about 48-hours) and that this is the joy of having hormones.  


Bev wrote at 2013-05-12 02:47:41
Hello all I have had these symptoms for years but I also have GI problems most of the month but worse during ovulation.  Yes lots of gas and bloating.  I also have a gluten sensitivity and when I am on a strict gluten free diet it greatly diminishes these problems almost to the point of non existence.  Gluten can cause a wide range of issues and it can effect your hormones which can cause another wide range of problems.  Also the pain in the side could be a cyst that comes on when ovulating and then goes away on its own.  basically a fluid sac forms around the ovary and then burst at some point.  I get vary nauseous when this happens, and feel as though I am getting the flu.  Diet plays a big part in how our bodies work and how we feel.  Its worth looking into.  And no you don't have to have Celiac Disease to have a gluten intolerance.  Stay healthy.  


Sharlene wrote at 2013-07-26 22:30:28
Boy am I glad I came across this forum. I'm forever grateful to the other women here who pointed me towards Magnesium, and also to the work of Dr John Lee regarding women's hormones.



I am a 38 year old woman who's always had normal, regular cycles. It wasn't until a few months after the birth of my second child that I started feeling really hormonal all month long. It used to be I would feel pre-menstrual a few days before my period, and then once my period was over I'd feel pretty good for the rest of the month. Then about six months ago, I started feeling really bloated and crampy around the time of ovulation, and the discomfort would last until I got my period. I put on a couple of kilos, was retaining fluid, felt really crampy and achy (sometimes it was enough to wake me in the night). I became convinced I had an ovarian cyst, but that was ruled out after an ultrasound and also a CT scan. My GP basically said there was nothing wrong with me, and he had no idea why I was experiencing these symptoms. He wanted to refer me to a Gastro but I KNEW my symptoms were hormonal. It felt exactly like having bad PMS all the time, only worse.



The bloating and tiredness (and nausea around ovulation) really made my life miserable. It was all I could think about. I felt pretty helpless until I stumbled across this forum, which made me do a LOT of research into estrogen dominance/low progesterone, and it was like I had an epiphany.



After cutting out a lot of my make-up/cosmetic products that contained parabens and other fake estrogens, and taking a daily magnesium supplement, I feel almost back to normal. My skin looks better than ever using only natural products (like Rosehip oil) instead of all the chemical-ridden stuff I was using before. I'm sleeping better. The water-weight has gone. I can't believe the solution was so simple. And I can't believe doctors aren't better trained to deal with these awful hormonal symptoms.



As women, we are the best advocates for our own health. So ladies, if you are experiencing these problems I would urge you to look into the ways we can cut excess estrogen from our bodies by buying only natural beauty products, eating better food (organic if possible - pesticides are full of estrogen-like chemicals) and taking supplements that support hormonal balance (Magnesium is a big one, and DIM is also great as it helps rid the body of excess estrogen). With all the reading I've done over the past month it also seems like natural bio-identical Progesterone cream has helped a LOT of women with similar symptoms.



Good luck to you all - we know out bodies best!  


Mom of three wrote at 2013-09-25 16:44:25
I feel a little less crazy knowing other women are having similar symptoms. The worst of my ovulation symptoms happen all on the same day. I wake up in the middle of the night with a migraine. In the morning, I feel nauseated and jittery, as if I've had a cup of coffee on an empty stomach. The nausea progressively worsens throughout the day. I've taken Excedrin Migraine for the headaches, but can't find any remedies for the nausea.



Like many others have mentioned, I truly believe this is hormone related. I've had 3 children via c-section, and I wonder if that had contributed to any of my abdominal sensitivity. I'm hesitant to talk to my internist or OB about these issues because I don't want to spend tons of money on tests while they play trial and error trying to determine the cause. This forum would be the perfect place for a researcher to find info about women with ovulation pain! Here's to finding a solution for all of us!


nati wrote at 2013-09-26 19:28:28
I was also having a lot of ovulation pain, but my periods were horrible after the birth of my first (and only) child. I was on meloxicam for tendonitis pain everyday, an anti-inflammitory. I recently stopped taking it as I found out ADVIL (or any NSAIDs) are not good for conception. AND GUESS WHAT. NO MORE PERIOD PAIN. So I urge those with bad periods to try to not take advil for a month and see if it helps, as for ovulation pain I am still trying to find a solution to that but i tell you this, it won't be advil!


Sarah wrote at 2014-02-21 08:26:18
Thank you so much for posting this, I am not going mad. I also get ill for 5 days during ovulation. I get severe nausea, headaches, anxiety and pain which is like constipation pain but I'm not constipated. I also get back ache and awful hot flushes. I've tried the pill but that made me worse and had blood tests which came back fine. I am at the end of my tether and dread every month. It's ruining my life :( when I see my GP I feel like they think I am exaggerating. This forum has given me hope although no one seems to have found a cure.  


Summer wrote at 2014-02-22 17:48:34
I'm so glad that I found this forum.I also suffer from most of these symptoms during ovulation. The doctors I've seen have been no help.eating better and exercising seems to help. Just knowing that this is normal and not some terminal disease is comforting. Thank you all for sharing. Its sad that although so many of us suffer from this it's not important enough For doctors to find a solution. after reading everyones answers it does give me comfort to know that although its something that I have to live with I can get through it because I'm not alone.


Andrea wrote at 2014-04-12 14:40:04
I also get very sick during ovulation. So sick that I miss work. It has been going on for 28 years. I am finally getting a full hysterectomy after trying all other things! I'm scared but I can't wait to feel better.


OvulationHate wrote at 2014-04-19 20:52:33
Oh, my goodness!!! Finally!!! I have felt SO alone - I am tearing up as I write this... Words cannot express the loss of quality of life due to all the symptoms I share with all you ladies. I am 43 and have been suffering through this the last 4-5 yrs but had no ins to start looking for diagnosis and treatment until recently. I didn't even associate it with ovulation until I started using a p-tracker to try to follow the patterns. Give or take a day, mine starts exactly when I begin ovulation, and I have been all over the net and have not been able to find anything on this until now. Such relief to see I am not alone, because drs just like to blow it off into another dept of medicine, all coming up with nothing other than I am just fine? NO, I am NOT fine. I only have about 5 days total a month that I actually AM fine between this and horrific 7-day periods. Gyno says must be IBS because all else looks good; surgeon says it's not related to my hernia - even though I get so bloated that it blows out a hernia that I had repaired 4 yrs ago. CAT scan yesterday that I strategically managed to schedule during my "fun" time showed interesting thing - yep, FULL of gas. The tech was startled because he had never seen that much gas inside a person before. Yeah, tell me about it - and it HURTS! We shall see what dept they send me off to now - prob GI. But after finding this, I think I will head back to gyno and insist that she check for ovarian cysts and push harder for hysterectomy (which was discussed at thought of Endo), or MAKE her finish the discussion on hormone treatment that she blew off. Sorry I sound so angry here. I'm just right in the middle of this pain today and feeling so helpless. I hope that the medical field finds the reason and a non-prescrip solution for us! Take care, ladies! Sending cyber hugs to you all!


Momoftwo wrote at 2014-04-24 14:21:59
Thank god I am not the only one.  I am 38 and have been suffering from this issue between ovulation and period since a few months after the birth of my second child.  I want to throw something out there that has not been mentioned.  I noticed that things are worse if I eat soy (it is in a lot of processed foods).  It sort of makes sense since soy is related to estrogen and we might be heavy on the estrogen.  Through my process of trying to feel better I also determined that I am allergic to annatto, a coloring agent found in cheddar cheese, ice cream, reddish beer, and some red wine.  Although this might not be the case with most people, it is something that might help those that have eliminated dairy needlessly.  


Andrea wrote at 2014-05-22 02:40:20
I couldn't believe it when I found this forum!  I have been suffering with the same symptoms since the birth of my second daughter in 2010. I have been seeing a naturopath who has had me off of gluten and dairy, and still the symptoms were not going away. It wasn't until recently that I started wondering if it was hormone or cycle related. Well sure enough after having blood tests done three times during my last cycle - to check my hormone levels, my GP tells me that yes I am ovulating during the time I am experiencing all the gas and bloating. But is there something that can be done? Well she didn't seem to think so, just told me that some women experience symptoms like this.  I too am going to try the magnesium and calcium, but am thankful and sad to know that others  are experiencing the same thing as me. I had terrible thoughts that I was dying and wouldn't be able to see my daughters grow up. At least I have found some tips to try. Thank you all for your input!


OvulationHate wrote at 2014-06-04 05:45:05
Hello again, ladies.  This is a follow-up to my post from 4-19-14.  I was reading through here again to see if I could glean any new info and realized I left out a fact that may help answer a lingering question for a few of you that were concerned if delivery this way or that may have brought all this about:  I HAVE HAD NO CHILDREN, have only conceived once (tubal that miscarried), and have not been able to conceive since, and yet I share this private hell with you all.

Something that has helped me recently>>>> I have been really freaked out by how much ibuprofen I take during this time just to cope and decided to try a different route.  This month I started taking over-the-counter simethecone instead of ibuprofen when the pain starts rolling really hard and have had great results!  Anti-gas stuff hasn't helped much  in the past, but after doing research and finding out that there are no known side effects or potential damage, I started taking it in a little higher-than-suggested dosages and have had PAIN CUT IN HALF THIS MONTH!  It is the store brand from Rite Aid and does not have all kinds of other junk in it:  ultra strength gas relief, simethecone 180mg. These are little, red softgels.

Anyway, so far, all tests/scans/probings/bloodwork still shows I'm healthy, but yet the pain persists.  Colonoscopy scheduled Friday, which will come up clean as well, I'm sure.  And laparoscopy to follow soon.  Time to look into the progesterone/estrogen thing!  

Be well, ladies, and please keep us all posted on any findings!!!!!


Storm wrote at 2014-06-21 12:30:20
Thank god for all of you.



I'm 24 years old and I've only recently started experiencing these symptoms. I absolutely cannot handle nausea, everything else I can deal with but nausea cripples me. I'm lying in bed crying as I write this. Is it really so that no one has researched this. The amount of people on this page alone suggests that out symptoms are a tangible thing. This is my second time round that I've experienced this and I don't think I'll survive a third. You ladies who have been suffering your whole lives astound me. I have no idea how on earth you've handled it, it baffles me! Kudos to you!



If anyone has any solutions to the nausea id be forever grateful. I've tried most everything and nothing seems to work.



Goodluck ladies, I hope we all keep in touch and repot back here on the things we find. This is a great place to learn and not feel so alone.  


Storm wrote at 2014-06-21 12:30:20
Thank god for all of you.



I'm 24 years old and I've only recently started experiencing these symptoms. I absolutely cannot handle nausea, everything else I can deal with but nausea cripples me. I'm lying in bed crying as I write this. Is it really so that no one has researched this. The amount of people on this page alone suggests that out symptoms are a tangible thing. This is my second time round that I've experienced this and I don't think I'll survive a third. You ladies who have been suffering your whole lives astound me. I have no idea how on earth you've handled it, it baffles me! Kudos to you!



If anyone has any solutions to the nausea id be forever grateful. I've tried most everything and nothing seems to work.



Goodluck ladies, I hope we all keep in touch and repot back here on the things we find. This is a great place to learn and not feel so alone.  


Storm wrote at 2014-06-21 12:30:20
Thank god for all of you.



I'm 24 years old and I've only recently started experiencing these symptoms. I absolutely cannot handle nausea, everything else I can deal with but nausea cripples me. I'm lying in bed crying as I write this. Is it really so that no one has researched this. The amount of people on this page alone suggests that out symptoms are a tangible thing. This is my second time round that I've experienced this and I don't think I'll survive a third. You ladies who have been suffering your whole lives astound me. I have no idea how on earth you've handled it, it baffles me! Kudos to you!



If anyone has any solutions to the nausea id be forever grateful. I've tried most everything and nothing seems to work.



Goodluck ladies, I hope we all keep in touch and repot back here on the things we find. This is a great place to learn and not feel so alone.  


organicpusher wrote at 2014-07-10 01:04:01
I also have this issue, but I wanted to say that it does disappear when I cut out grains, dairy and sugar from my diet. My periods are also less painful. It's the only thing that has helped along with primrose oil. Good luck & stay away from GMO's.


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Hello ladies

Just a thought but have any of you had a laparoscopic procedure to look for endometriosis? As that is what I have and also get all these horrible symptoms. X


Ann from Aus wrote at 2014-10-01 23:46:41
Hi,

I've got these symptoms and it's embarrasing and frustrating. The gas that passes occurs due to movements pre-ovulation and it's much better to let it out and eat food to encourage more fibre in your system so you can go relieft yourself to pass both gas and stool to obtain relief, the more anti-gas or similar meds you take the worser it gets as the gas that is trapped in your body is creating pain for you. I snack on Be Natural cereal which contains toasted coconut (this is the main thing that helps imo), it also contain almonds and other seeds and grain which really boost the fibre I needed in my body to find relief (in the toilet!!). I also take the Women's Multi Once daily which contain a list of vitamins incl; zine, iodine, magnesium and folic acid. I felt that this multi vitamin stabalises my bowel movements pretty much straight away.

I drink green tea first thing in the morning and eat a solid bowl of Be Natural without milk as milk doesn't help during this time. Actually, stay away from milk, yogurt and cheeses for the week pre-ovulation.

I find relief through trying different things and research, doctors are not God!!! to be honest they just follow protocols from their symptoms bible. Since they're not women they don't truly understand frustration.

I hope the above methods provide some relief as it does for me. It's slow but natural.




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SandyinFLA wrote at 2015-01-17 22:46:29
Ladies,

I have these issues at ovulation time too.  I began having these issues in my 30s.  It took me 3 yrs to conceive our baby, my hormones were so out of balance.



The problems subsided during pregnancy/nursing, and came back with a vengeance when my baby was 2.  



For several months in a row, I had exactly 0 good days.  I would have these digestive and inflammatory symptoms during ovulation so bad, they would last for 10 days, the worst being the 3 days right at ovulation.  Pain so bad I would be awakened in the middle of the night writhing in pain clutching my midsection.  I would be that way for a couple of hours and be so sweaty and exhausted I would pass out.  Nothing at all helped.  Not eating, not NOT eating, no medication. Then that would fade just as the hormonal migraines, more digestive issues (seriously, not to be gross, but no matter how much fiber, fruit or veggies I would eat, every trip to the bathroom felt like hot lava moving slowly through my innards, with shards of glass mixed in) dizziness, nausea, anxiety and insomnia before menstruation started.  Then I would bleed like crazy for 5 days... heavier than I ever had at any time in my life.  All while having the pms issues the entire time I bled.  I would stop bleeding and start recovering from that just in time for ovulation time.  



I became so exhausted and depressed I felt totally disconnected from everything except the pain.  I struggled to take in 1000 calories a day as I was afraid of setting off a digestive nightmare.  I lost 20 lbs in less than 60 days...  mostly muscle mass.



Relatively I am doing much better now! 2 yrs later.  I have 2 or 3 bad days a month now.  Worse in winter when I spend less time outside.



Here are some things that I have tried that have helped.  Hope this can help someone!



To help with the depression I was in, the Dr. prescribed an SSRI type antidepressant called Celexa.  I don't like that I had to resort to that but my body clearly needed it.    Over 30 days I got my appetite back and started to feel connected to my life again.  Still had the hormonal issues, but could finally focus on other changes to combat that.



He also prescribed a range of things to do for a migraine attack.  A preventive, a "its coming but hasn't hit yet" option, and something to take if the other two options didn't shake it.  That regimen has helped a lot, and it is rare that I get to level 3 these days.



Keeping up on my calcium/magnesium/vitamin d/b6 supplements EVERY DAY helps.  



During ovulation, when I start to feel bloated, I drink a cup in the a.m. and again in p.m. of a tea called "Get Clean"... a detox tea from the Republic of Tea... can be found at many groceries, health food stores, coffee and tea shops.  And online of course.  This tea has saved my sanity!!   If I can remember to do this by the calendar instead of waiting until I am already bloated, I make it through that month without requiring a day or two in bed.



Eating hard peppermint candy made with natural peppermint oil helps almost immediately with the crampy gassy pain.



I have also made several lifestyle changes... no more soda ever. Especially not diet.   No alcohol.  Cut wayyyy back on processed foods replacing with nutrient-dense foods... fruits, veges, whole grains and fresh herbs.  Lots of wild caught fish, lots of nuts.  Healthy fats like olive oil, avocado, flax oil, coconut oil.



The one most immediate and effective thing I did was to go off all continuous forms of birth control.  Tried every kind of pill/patch/shot, and even the non hormonal iud.  Had my iud removed, and finally the very next monthly cycle was the best I had experienced in a long time.   



I am finally at a point where my cycles are getting progressively less aggravating.  I bleed just for a day or two now.  I am able to manage the digestive issues with natural remedies and still have a life.   I can only hope that means I am close to a balance point/menopause.  It does get better.   Hang in there.



Love and prayers for you all.  


Concerned with my post baby body wrote at 2015-01-25 16:46:44
This has been very helpful to me in feeling I'm not alone with these problems.  I have much of the same symptoms as described by others and they started after the birth of my second child.  They subsided for months and I thought I was in the clear but have come back.  Since then, I've been recording my symptoms and about 5 days after my period I wake up with nausea.  I then start having extreme gas and "throw up burps"  to the point I can't sleep because it's painful if I go a few hours without belching or passing gas.  Also, I notice I start to get constipated.  I think in my case the constipation is causing the gas problem and nausea.  I have found if I take two stool softeners the night my symptoms start, I wake up, have a bowel movement, and feel fine after.  Without doing this in the past, I would continue to be extremely nauseas with severe gas and stay constipated for about a week.


jeans wrote at 2015-02-22 02:20:56
I'm so GLAD I'm  not  alone  AND that I  have sense enough to Google  the  embarrassing stuff.   I've  been  dealing with  hormonal changes  for several years now. I had my hormone  levels   checked and have been  prescribed  by a natural doctor  hormone replacements.  They  have helped to make  life tolerable  but. ....ovulation and PMS  days  are REALLY REALLY REALLY  rough.  Would  anyone  be interested  or know of a private  group on  FB where women  like ourselves could  have  open discussion with others who genuinely  understand?  


Robyn wrote at 2015-04-24 14:24:12
I have the same symptoms and would love to start a group.


Kklaws wrote at 2015-07-08 04:16:46
So glad (and sad) to know other women experience this.

My sister and I actually have the exact same symptoms. She's 4 years older than me but only started getting the symptoms recently. I started at around 17 and still suffer now (at almost 25).

It happens during ovulation (though some months, I get 1 or 2 more attacks during random days - probably from stress). We get 20-60 minute attacks ranging from a 1-10 in pain. Some of them leave me crying on the floor of a public bathroom. This happens a few times a year.

The attacks usually involve EXTREME gas (my poor boyfriend has to hear me let it out - he's usually shocked by how much there is), pain (like food poisoning), super fatigue/WEAKNESS and, lately, acidity/nausea. On bad days, I feel weak and exhausted and on the verge of being in pain between attacks. Some days, despite having horrible 10/10 attacks, I feel totally fine in between. It's so weird. And after my attacks are over, before I start getting dismenhorrea (sp?) and PMS, I feel perfectly fine.

It sucks. And I'm worried about not being able to have babies.



One thing I noticed that hasn't been mentioned here but has helped me soooo much is the use of a heating blanket! I used to use a heating pad. Then I got another one for my back. Now I have a heating blanket that I wrap around my stomach, back, butt AND thighs (I've noticed that my thighs are always cold during attacks and feel better when they're warm). Take note, I live in a tropical country. I'm probably the only crazy person to have an electric heating blanket. But, as I've told my boyfriend, without my blanket I'd want to shoot myself in the head. The pain is unbearable. I work for myself and still can't even work some days thanks to my stomach pains. I also don't feel like eating so I just have soup, which probably contributes to the horrible feeling.

I also take simethicone. My doctor said that, since simethicone works in a physical way rather than a chemical way, I can take as much as I want if it makes me feel better.



Eldicet, bentyl and buscopan (all antispasmodics) hardly helped me, even though I know the spasms are accountable for 80% of the pain.



I saw that UNC was doing research on the connection between hormones and IBS. I'm praying they find a solution, and quick :(


Jenna wrote at 2016-08-26 07:29:14
I cant tell you what a comfort it is seeing other women with the same problems.I have been going through extensive medical testing for the last three years after having my hormones all messed up from a really hard pregnany that ended in miscarriage. I would have severe nausea attacks every month putting me in the hospital and have painful cramping and bloating. I basically felt like I was really dying every month and I didnt know this was all from ovulating. I spents thousands of dollars on doctors and specialists who wouldnt listen when I said I started thinking it was hormones. I finally just went back on my birth control and was amazed at how much it helped. I take seasonique which gives you a period once every three months which equals less ovulating.The key is find a birth control that gives you less periods it helps so much!!


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