Is it common to have cramps (I don't mean that distinct ovulation pain) for awhile before ovulating? I've had PMS-like cramps on and off from CD18-26, and still haven't ovulated. Last cycle, I ovulated on CD40 & only had cramps for a day or two before that, but never felt that ovulation pain. Just wondering if anybody else experiences this...
I can't say I have ever really noticed anything like what you are describing. How painful is it? If the pain is unbearable then it might pay to run it past your doctor. If it is just the odd twinge here and there then I think I would be inclined to put it down to the fact that we are so tuned into our bodies that we are more aware than other women of everything that goes on in that region.
I hope you are not in too much discomfort and I'm sorry I couldn't offer better advice.
I have weird sensations all throughout my cycle, so I really can't offer you any advice on this. I'm always feeling a twinge here or a tightening there, and it could be before O during O or after O. I never know what's going on in there unless I'm being monitored or using OPKs. I usually only have cramps right before and during AF. Sorry I can't really help you on this.
Thanks guys! I'm thinking that Ruby's probably right - we are so in tune with our bodies that we feel every little twinge. And no, I'm not really in pain, just mild AF-like cramps. Sometimes worse than others and it makes me feel like AF is coming, although I know she's not because I haven't O'ed yet (using OPK monitor and BBT). Thanks for the thoughts.
Yes you can have cramps before you have ovulation. I sure do, believe me at times it hurts pretty bad like AF coming but it's not her just were I'm getting to ovalate. I also talked to my doctor about the cramps an he said that is a great sign. He said you can have pain on one side or both when getting ready to ovalate. I told him I have had it were I can feel it on both sides. He also said to me another signs of when ovulation fixing to happen is you can be sick for a day or two before it happens alone with cramps. Only time to get worried if you have pain so bad you can not stand it.
Here is something for you also .
Mittelschmerz/Lower Abdominal Discomfort
About one-fifth of women actually feel ovulatory activity, which can range from mild aching to twinges of sharp pain. This ovulation symptom, called Mittelschmerz, may last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours and is usually noticed in the right side of lower abdomen.
Ann: I do know what Mittelschmerz is as I have felt that before, but this is cramping that I've had on and off for the last 2 weeks. So, I'm hoping that these cramps are leading up to O. I'm almost positive that I haven't O'ed yet because I do BBT & CBE monitor. Thanks for the advice about the O pain though. That is amazing that only 1/5 of women feel that pain, but you know, I'm sure most of those are women like us who know their cycles so well and are in tune with their bodies.
I have had mild aching cramps on the right side since cycle day 11 (now on day 13)....I usually have 30-32 day cycles. what could this be? could I be ovulating already? wouldn't that mean my period would be here in 14 days or so ( that would give me a 27 day cycle...never had one that short). Please help...