It would be nice if your body had a built in signalÂ light to indicate when you are ovulating.Â The next best thing might be to reliably feel ovulation every month. Unless, of course, ovulation was painful.
About 20% of women say that they can feel ovulation. The medical term for feeling ovulation is Mittelschmerz.Â It is a German word meaning “middle pain”. It is often misspelled, you may have seen it written as Middleschmertz, Middlesmertz or Mittlesmertz. Regardless of the spelling, it simply means you can feel ovulation.
Mittelschmerz ovulation pain can vary from aÂ slight twinge toÂ painful menstrual-like cramping. It can last for a few hours around ovulation or continue for several days. You may feel ovulation on one side of your body and not the other, and the side you feel it on may change from month to month. Typically only one of your ovaries releases an egg each cycle, and that is the side on which you feel ovulation. Mittelschmerz is often felt mid menstrual cycle, between day 12 and day 15 in a normal 28 day cycle.