Re: Ovulation Pain...What Side Should It Be?
Every woman's cycle is a bit different. If you have the textbook 28 day cycle (few women do), you will ovulate on day 14 of your cycle (day 1 being the first day of your period). But my cycles vary--I ovulate between day 11 and day 16 and usually have a period beginning around day 28 to day 30.
As far as ovulation pain, some women have ovulation pain that coordinates quite well with their actual ovulation, and other women (like myself) do not. Ovulation pain (if you have it) usually occurs on the right or left side (where the ovary would be). For some women, it is quite painful, but for others, it is not. Mine is more like a dull twinge in the ovary lasting maybe 3 seconds and sometimes it repeats and sometimes it doesn't. Ovaries do not necessarily alternate each month, and it's also possible to feel ovulation type pains from both sides in 1 cycle but you still usually ovulate from 1 ovary. Both the ovaries compete to release the egg first, and so you might feel twinges and twitches as this process goes on. Usually, one ovary wins out in the end and releases the egg first.
I feel ovulation type pains throughout my whole cycle and they never do get more painful or sharper around ovulation. I have had them begin off & on as early as day 2 of my cycle, and sometimes, I even feel ovulation type pains after ovulation.
Women with cysts can feel pains from their ovaries throughout their cycles due to cysts, but I do not have cysts, I just think I'm feeling my ovaries gearing up and getting ready to ovulate way ahead of time.
Some other things you might notice around ovulation are: vaginal discharge resembling uncooked eggwhites or watery discharge, tender breasts, extreme fatigue, and nausea, but every woman is different.
While ovulation can happen as soon as your period ends, it is not common that it does happen that soon--usually it's around 10 days or more into your cycle.