Women’s Health Week: Take Charge of Your Health

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital May 13, 2013

National Women’s Health Week (May 12-18), encourages women to take control of their health. We’ve assembled a collection of HealthHub posts focused on health issues for women of all ages.

 

Attention All Women, Do You Experience Mittelschmerz?

If you have regular pain in your lower abdomen, you may be experiencing mittelschmerz, a German word used to describe pelvic and abdominal pain around the time of ovulation, usually in the middle of your menstrual cycle. Learn when your should consult your doctor about pelvic and abdominal pain.

 

Young Female Athletes in Danger of Osteoporosis?

Stress fractures are common sports injuries in women. They also are a potential warning sign of the female athlete triad, a disorder characterized by inadequate nutrient intake, irregular menstrual cycles, and premature bone loss (osteoporosis). This can result in long-term loss of bone density among competitive and recreational female athletes.

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Attention All Women, Do You Experience Mittelschmerz?

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital September 17, 2012

Pain in your lower abdomen may be a sign of mittelschmerz.

If you have regular pain in your lower abdomen during the middle of your menstrual cycle, you may be experiencing mittelschmerz – a condition affecting roughly a quarter of all women.

“Mittelschmerz is a German word meaning ‘middle pain’ and is used as a medical term for pelvic and abdominal pain occurring around the time of ovulation, which usually occurs in the middle of the menstrual cycle,” explained Dr. Robert L. Barbieri, Chief of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Hmm, who knew?

About 25 percent of women experience mittelschmerz. Some women experience ovulation pain with every cycle, but most notice the symptom in occasional cycles.

“For most women, the symptom of mittelschmerz lasts for hours, but some women experience symptoms for up to two or three days, Dr. Barbieri said.

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