Trying to Conceive: Can Clomid Increase Ovulation Pain?

I am using 100 mg. of Clomid and I am on day 12 of cycle five. I have sharp pains on either side of my belly. Could my ovaries be overstimulated?

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They could be. Because Clomid (and other ovulatory drugs) are so powerful and do stimulate your ovaries, it is imperative that you be monitored carefully throughout your cycle. Usually this is done through ultrasound.

As for the various pains that many women often notice mid-cycle, even when not on ovulatory drugs, there are several theories as to their causes. The important point is that you cannot say with certainty whether they are occurring before, during or after you've actually ovulated. The pain is usually referred to as "mittelschmerz" (mid-pain) and is felt by about one-fifth of women around ovulation. It typically lasts anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours and on rare occasions, even a day or so. There are several common pains women experience.

Dull achiness is thought to be caused by the swelling of numerous follicles in the ovaries as the eggs race for dominance and ultimate ovulation. It is typically felt as a general abdominal achiness, since both ovaries swell with growing follicles as the woman approaches ovulation.

A sharp pain could be the actual moment that the egg bursts through the ovarian wall and is usually felt on only one side.

Crampiness is probably the result of irritation of the abdominal lining caused by leakage of blood or follicular fluid released from the ruptured egg follicle. It could also be due to contractions of the fallopian tubes around ovulation.

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