The ovaries are a part of the female reproductive system. They are located in the lower abdomen. That means if you have ovarian pain, you’ll most likely feel it in your lower abdomen, below your belly button. Ovaries have two main reproductive functions in the body. They are responsible for the production of hormones, and ovaries also release eggs each month for possible fertilization. Naturally ovaries stop functioning at the time of menopause, in most women around the age of fifty.
Many women experience discomfort or pain of ovaries. Ovarian pain may or may not have a serious cause, but it is very important to talk about it to your doctor. There might be a simple way to relieve the pain, or it may be more serious and require extensive treatment. Ovary pain can have several causes but the most common are ovulation, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, ovarian torsion and ovarian cysts.
Ovulation is the release of eggs from the ovaries. Women can feel severe discomfort while ovulating, but there is no treatment necessary. Some women take birth control pills to prevent ovulation and discomfort.
An ovarian torsion happens when the thin ligament that connects the ovary to the abdominal wall twists or knots. An ovarian torsion is a medical emergency and needs immediate treatment. It causes severe pain and in most cases, is accompanied by a cyst on the ovary that makes the ovary heavier and larger than usual.
Ovarian cysts are fluid filled sacs that grow on the ovary and in most cases, do not cause any symptoms. However, a large or ruptured cyst can cause a lot of discomfort and pain. The treatment depends on how severe the cyst is.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Pelvic inflammatory disease is an infection usually caused by bacteria that is transmitted sexually. It spreads to the uterus, ovaries or fallopian tubes. Pelvic inflammatory disease can cause ovary pain and is usually treated with antibiotics. More severe cases may require a hospital stay
Endometriosis is the term for abnormal growth of tissue outside the uterus. The tissue grows in response to the hormones in the body. This can cause pelvic or abdominal pain and scar tissue. Depending on how sever it is it can be treated with medication or surgically.
The female reproductive system is a perfect but complicated system. Pain and discomfort in the pelvic area may or may be not serious. To be sure that the pain or discomfort does not require treatment, the best is to check with an OB/GYN specialist.
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