Cramping pain after ovulation...am I pregnant?
This is a common question most women trying to conceive or trying not to conceive often ask.
Women ask these questions to find out if they are pregnant or they could be having a severe lower back pain.
Menstrual like cramps during ovulation is normal and this could serve as one of the signs of Ovulation.
But let's find out what these cramps means and what causes it.
For you to have a proper understanding, I am going to explain ovulation. And why cramps may occur before ovulation, during Ovulation and even after Ovulation.
So let's get started.
What is Ovulation?
Ovulation is the release of an egg from the ovary into the fallopian tube so that it may be fertilised by a sperm.
Your ovaries don't necessarily take turn each month to release an egg.
Unlike the popular belief that the left side ovary might release an egg this month and then the right side ovary releases an egg next month.
The release of an egg from your two ovaries often happen randomly between the left ovary and the right ovary.
If both ovaries releases an egg then this can led to unidentical twins.
Ovulation occurs at around the middle of a woman's cycle ranging from Day 12-Day 16.
So for example, if you have a 28 day cycle with Day 1 being the first day of your period, Ovulation can occur between Day 12- Day 16.
There is a popular misconception that ovulation occurs right at the middle (Day 14) of your menstrual cycle but this isn't true.
I would strongly suggest that you make use of ovulation predictor kits and get to know your ovulation symptoms.
This will enable you, and also help you to know your exact ovulation date if you are trying to conceive.
The truth is, most women don't know when they ovulate, so they may be having ovulation pains (which is perfectly normal). But they are thinking "why am I having pains after ovulation"?
This could actually be ovulation happening!.
Pinpointing Ovulation is the first key to knowing if the pains you are having is ovulation pain or pain after ovulation as already occurred.
Cramping may occur during and after ovulation( i.e 1 or 2 days past ovulation), due to the fact that a lot of changes are happening in your ovaries and your reproductive organs during ovulation.
Hence,the release of a matured egg may sometimes be painful or mild. Although some women don't feel this pain.
So why am I cramping several days after ovulation?
For you to understand why you are pain after ovulation let's examine what happens before ovulation,during ovulation and after ovulation.
What Happens Before Ovulation?
Before Ovulation the estrogen hormone tells the ovaries to produce about 20 follicles.
The eggs live in these follicles in order to get matured or ripe.
What Happens During Ovulation?
During Ovulation the most matured egg or the dominant egg is released into the fallopian tube.
Ovulation Pain during the ovulation process itself is caused by the expanding follicle stretching the membrane of the ovary.
What Happens After Ovulation?
The released egg starts to make a slow journey from the fallopian tube to the uterus(womb). The egg will only live for 24 hrs if not fertilised by a sperm.
If fertilised by a sperm it starts to divide into cells while it continues its travels to the uterus (womb).
It takes the fertilised egg 3-4 days to get to the uterus. The fertilised egg then implants itself to the uterine lining on day 7 after ovulation.
Some women have implantation bleeding, spotting or cramps at this time.
This happens due to the fertilised egg burrowing into the uterine lining.
When does Implantation Cramps Occur?
Implantation cramps are felt 6-10 days after ovulation has occurred and may be one of the earliest signs of pregnancy, even before any pregnancy test can detect the HCG levels.
The HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) is known as the pregnancy Hormone.
The HCG level can be detected 11 days after conception by blood test and between 12-14 days after conception by using an early pregnancy test kit.
A key thing to know about HCG is that although HCG is produced after fertilisation. This hormone can't be detected until implantation has occurred.
Therefore, these implantation cramps occur when the fertilised egg burrows itself into the uterine lining in a process called implantation.
In a much simpler term, implantation cramps occur when the fertilised egg digs into uterine walls by making a hole, in order to attach its self to the walls of the uterus.
Many times, implantation cramping is accompanied by implantation bleeding and spotting.
So let's take a look at what cramping day by day after ovulation means.
Cramping 1 day after ovulation....am I pregnant?
Let me tell you...it is too early to know if you are pregnant at this time or not.
Besides ovulation pain can last 1-2 days past ovulation.
Remember your body is going through a lot of changes during ovulation.
So to assume if pregnant or not at this time is quite challenging.
If you happen to experience ovulation cramps a day after ovulation, then this could mean it is still the left overs of ovulation pain called Mittleschmerz.
Ovulation takes about 12-24 hours to complete. Most people think ovulation is sudden but no it's not it takes a period of 12-24 hours.
Even after getting a positive sign from your ovulation predictor kit. Ovulation will still take about 12-24 hours to complete.
So the ovulation pain can linger on to the next day.
Cramping 2 days after ovulation....am I pregnant?
Cramping for the first 2 days after ovulation is normal.
Cramping 2 days after ovulation could mean you are pregnant and it could also mean you're not.
It is still too early to conclude if pregnant or not at this point.
However, If you had sex and the released egg was fertilised.
The egg is starting to divide into many cells and shouldn't cause any painful cramping as such at this point.
Remember, there is a lot happening after ovulation as occurred.
On the contrary, If the egg was not fertilised it will disintegrate and absorbed back into the body within 48hrs.
If the egg was fertilised it'll continue its journey through the fallopian tube heading for the uterus.
As you can see a lot is happening for the first few days after ovulation.
If you've severe cramping that doesn't feel normal or unbearable. I strongly advise you see a doctor.
Cramps 3 days after ovulation....am I pregnant?
At 3-4 days past ovulation the fertilised egg will arrive at the uterus.
The Uterus would be its home for the next 9 months.
Remember if the egg wasn't fertilised it would've disintegrated and absorbed into the body by now.
The lining of the uterus is also made thick by the release of the progesterone hormone.
This is to make a comfortable home for the fertilised egg.
If you're cramping 3 days after ovulation it's still too early to know if a pregnancy exist or not.
I'll suggest you wait a few more days.
Except you are having a painful cramp after ovulation then you should see a doctor it could be caused by other issues.
Cramping 4 days after ovulation....am I pregnant?
For some women it takes 3-4 days for the fertilised egg to arrive in the uterus. So day 3 and 4 after ovulation are similar.
The fertilized egg is dividing into multiple cells even further.
If trying to get pregnant, it is still too early confirm if you are pregnant or not.
Don't test for pregnancy yet. The result may be inaccurate!.
Cramping 5 days after ovulation....am I pregnant?
Due to many changes happening in the body you may start to feel mild cramping if pregnant.
Not all women feel this cramps.
In fact a lot of women get pregnant without knowing until they see a missed period.
So cramping 5 days after ovulation can mean you are pregnant but you can't be 100% sure until you take a pregnancy test.
A pregnancy test is the only way you can be sure you are pregnant.
If you try to test for pregnancy with a pregnancy test kit such as this.
The result will be in accurate because the pregnancy hormone(HCG) to be detected by the pregnancy test is yet to be present in your blood.
As a result, I will advise you to be patient for a few more days after implantation has occurred.
Cramping 6 days after ovulation....am I pregnant?
Cramping 6 days after ovulation is likely to be an early sign of pregnancy if you had sex in your fertile days.
Here is what is happening, the fertilised egg is now preparing to implant itself to the uterine walls.
This preparation for implantation and the implantation process its self can cause cramping.
The fertilised egg starts implantation today for most women.
Cramping 7 days after ovulation....am I pregnant?
Cramping 7 days after ovulation is one of the early signs or symptoms of pregnancy.
It is mostly on this day that the fertilised completes implantation.
Implantation cramps is what you are most likely to feel on this day.
Not all women feel this cramps so don't be worried if you don't feel it, you may still be pregnant.
Implantation cramps is also accompanied, most times with implantation bleeding and implantation spotting.
The only accurate method to determine if pregnant or not is by taking a pregnancy test.
At 7 days past ovulation detecting pregnancy maybe a bit difficult. Due to the fact that at this stage the pregnancy hormone HCG that is detected by most pregnancy test is still at low levels.
I'll advise you wait for a few more days.
Taking a pregnancy test 7 days after ovulation is a bit too early and the result may be inaccurate.
Is Cramping After Ovulation a Sign Of Pregnancy?
I know if you are trying to conceive or even if you're trying not to, "is cramping after ovulation..a sign of pregnancy?" Can be a question you desperately need answer to.
The only way you can be 100 percent sure my friend! is if you take a early pregnancy test around the time you are expecting your next period or 2 weeks past ovulation.
Although some early pregnancy test like this one can detect pregnancy hormones as early as 10 days past ovulation.
The truth is menstrual like cramping in lower abdomen after ovulation occurs for 3 or more reasons:
- Implantation Cramps around 1 week past ovulation
- PMS if you have a short menstrual cycle meaning your next period is about to start.
- If the pain is severe it could mean you need to see the doctor.
You can also check other early pregnancy symptoms to see if you are pregnant.
But generally I would recommend you wait 2 weeks post ovulation to see if you are pregnant.
Because testing too early for pregnancy can give a false result which may mean a lot if desperately trying to conceive.
For instance you may be pregnant but because you tested a week post ovulation, the HCG Hormone at this point is so low it is hard to detect in the early pregnancy test thereby giving you a false result.
Related Read: Cramping After Sex
How long does Implantation Cramping Last For?
Implantation cramps can last for 1 or 2 days.
Implantation cramps occurs around 6-7 days past ovulation when the fertilised egg burrows into the uterine lining.
Implantation occurs around day 6 to day 7 after ovulation, so this is when most cramps after ovulation are felt.
The cramps should be mild not serious.
If you feel severe painful cramps that is not normal then you visit the doctor.
what does pelvic pain/Cramps After Ovulation feel like?
A normal implantation cramp is mild and not severe.
In fact it is not different from you period or menstrual cramp.
Cramping/pain after ovulation are either light pulling, prickling pains or mild twinge at your lower abdomen that usually happens at about a week to your period.
The cramping can either be on your right or your left side
Implantation happens a week to your expected period and around a week after ovulation.
If you feel an intense or painful sensation in your lower abdomen that is severe and unbearable then I would suggest you see your doctor.
Most times implantation cramps are not felt by women because of how mild they are.
Other Causes of Uterus Cramping after Ovulation
As we already know, one of the causes of cramping pain after ovulation is pregnancy.
Implantation cramps, implantation bleeding and implantation spotting is an early sign of pregnancy but this cannot be confirmed until a pregnancy test is done.
Other causes of cramping/painful bloating after ovulation includes:
Endometriosis: Endometriosis is a condition in women where the cells in the lining of the uterus(womb) starts growing outside the womb.
Women with endometriosis do experience severe cramps and lower back pains days after ovulation and heavy painful periods.
I would recommend you see a doctor if you are having an unexplainable pain during and after ovulation that is severe and not bearable.
Clomid: Clomid is a medication used for the treatment of infertility in women.
Clomid is used to induce ovulation in women who have problem ovulating or who don't ovulate regularly.
Some women who take clomid report having lower abdominal pain or discomfort and as well as other post ovulation symptoms such as stomach upset, dizziness, breast tenderness and headache.
If you are taking clomid and have any of these symptoms you should visit your doctor immediately.
Now that we know the possible causes of cramping after ovulation, what about what causes cramping during ovulation?
Let's find out...shall we?
Causes of Cramping during Ovulation
Cramping during ovulation is perfectly normal due to the fact that your body is going through a lot of internal changes at this time.
One of the symptoms of ovulation is ovulation cramps or ovulation pain also known as Mittleschmerz.
This pain happens when the ovary releases an egg.
This pain should be dull or sharp pain or prickling pain or even mild twinges.
Ovulation pain can last for 1-2 days or even just for a few minutes.
Treatment of Cramping During Ovulation
Normal Ovulation Cramps can be treated with pain killers such as paracetamol.
Avoid taking ibuprofen if you are trying to conceive as this may disrupt the ovulation process.
You can also take a warm bath and try other natural remedies.
If you have fertility problems like a short luteal phase or low progesterone. You can also use a natural herb like Vitex for fertility problems.
So now that we have talked about cramps during and after ovulation and what causes these cramps.
Let's discuss, before you were pregnant or trying to conceive did you have mild cramping pain after ovulation?