Last updated on July 27th, 2018 at 05:19 am
Question: Is lower back pain after ovulation a sign of pregnancy? Is it normal for women to experience back pain while ovulating?
After ovulation, there are many hormonal changes that will happen to a woman’s body. Some of these changes can result in abdominal cramps and back pain.
If you are expecting pregnancy, your back pain after ovulation could be a sign. However, it’s not abnormal the women will have Upper or lower back pain right after ovulation.
Most importantly is the timing of your pain, and also, the duration of your back cramps. Pain due to ovulation or pregnancy are not long-lasting; So, it’s essential you inform your doctor if you are experiencing a severe back pain after ovulation that is lasting for days or weeks.
Here’s an email I received from Chloe (one of my Blog readers)
I have been married for four years now and yet to have a child. Each month, I check my most fertile period and always make sure I have unprotected intercourse with my partner.
My doctor says because of multiple small cysts in my ovaries, it’s difficult for me to conceive, though, he suggested I be on some medications that will also help improve my chances of conception.
Normally, during my ovulation period, I experience cramps, nausea, and vomiting, and mild back discomfort for a few days.
However, I’m experiencing lower back pain that has lasted for three days now, and I feel strange like I’m pregnant. I’ve quickly taken a pregnancy test, and yet, result show I’m not pregnant.
Is it possible that these are early signs of pregnancy?
Just like Chloe, if you are expecting and get a lower back pain during or after ovulation, you may feel its due to pregnancy. But, it’s not entirely true. (watch the video below to learn pregnancy signs)
During ovulation, there are changes to your ovaries that may cause some women to experience cramps and lower back pain.
Having said that, the timing is important, and if you have back pain right after ovulation, it’s likely still due to ovulation.
It’s important you see your doctor if the duration and severity of your pain seem abnormal. Endometriosis, Adenomyosis, peptic ulcer disease, pelvic inflammatory disease, and uterine fibroid can result in abnormal back pain.
This article explains the causes of lower back pain after ovulation, when it could be due to pregnancy, and other normal signs of ovulation you should expect.
What causes Lower back pain after ovulation?
After the start of your menstrual period, your menstrual cycle hormones, Estrogen, and follicle stimulating hormone continue to rise for days.
As the name suggests, follicle stimulating hormones trigger the growth of follicles in your ovaries, and as these follicles grow, they secrete estrogen hormones.
Estrogen hormone causes these follicles to further increases in size till a single follicle grows bigger than the others and contains the egg to be released during ovulating.
If you’ve occasionally noticed back pain before ovulation, this increase in follicular size is the cause.
During ovulation, there is a rupture of this “very big follicle” resulting in the release of egg, fluid, and blood into the intrabdominal space. This is the reason you will feel abdominal cramps and back pain during your ovulation.
Right after ovulation, the released egg is pushed from the “Very big follicle” into the fallopian tube, whose function is to transport the egg (fertilized or not) to the uterus.
The fallopian tube is made of up smooth muscles cells that causes contractions, and in addition to the ciliary action of lumen cell, the egg is pushed to your womb. This movement can cause abdominal and back pain after ovulation.
How to be sure its ovulation?
There are many reasons you can have back pain, and to be sure its due to referred ovulation pain, here are some easy ways to know
1. Ovulation timing
If you are planning to get pregnant, this guide thoroughly explains how to detect your ovulation period; So, if you start having abdominal cramps and back pain during this period, its likely ovulation occurring.
Normally, most women have a regular 27 or 28 days menstrual cycle. So, if you do, it means ovulation will occur around day-14 of your menstrual cycle, which is, about one week after our menstrual period.
So, if you feel back discomfort during your ovulation period, just don’t panic, it will subside on its own
2. Nature of back pain
Ovulation pain is not a severe unbearable pain, though its possible your pain may be heavy with you sometimes. Pain due to ovulation is stabbing, short-lived (lasting only 48 hours), and located on the right or left side of your abdomen.
Rarely, women may have double ovulation, which means two ovaries release an egg, if this happens, you can experience pain on both sides.
3. Other symptoms
Apart from these symptoms, you can tell if you are ovulating if your vaginal discharge feels watery and stretchy. This happens because of high estrogen hormone and causes egg-like cervical mucus.
Other symptoms of ovulation are feeling wet, body weakness, vomiting, nausea, heightened emotions for sexual intercourse and spotting.
Is lower back pain after ovulation a sign of pregnancy?
Remember that if you are trying to conceive, back pain after ovulation can be a sign. However, the timing is most crucial.
When do you feel cramps?
Are cramps severe and long-lasting?
Cramps immediate after ovulation is not due to pregnancy. But, if you are experiencing belly cramps and back pain a week before period after unprotected sexual intercourse, it could be pregnancy.
Early signs of pregnancy (apart from back pain) are implantation bleeding and cramping, and these symptoms occur as your baby is fixed to your womb.
Other pregnancy symptoms are frequent urination, fatigue, body weakness, waist pain, constipation, breast pain, heaviness, and swelling.
What to do?
Bonus Tip: You may be pregnant without knowing. Watch this 1-Minute-Video to Discover 16 Most common Pregnancy Signs
Lower back pain after ovulation: When to worry?
Because cramps can mean many things, it’s important you see your doctor if its long-lasting, severe, and stops you from work, social life and regular activities.
Here are possible serious causes of right or left-sided back pain after ovulation
Young girls and older women may find themselves having pain all through their menstrual cycle. If you experience back pain and abdominal cramps all the time, it could be due to endometriosis.
Endometriosis means some parts of the lining that coats the inside of your womb (called endometrium) are displaced and found in other locations like the ovaries and abdomen.
Because endometriosis is quite common, and affect about 10 percent of women, it’s important you see your doctor if you also feel excruciating pains while menstruating, back pain, prolonged menstruation, diarrhea, and body weakness.
2. Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
PID means the upward spread of long-standing vaginal infections to your womb, fallopian tube, and abdomen. If this occurs, surely, you will feel lower abdominal pain and back cramps.