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pain on both sides of my abdomen.

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I started my period today and I always get cramps. It feels today like the pain is different. I have pain on both sides of my abdomen, right about where (I assume) my ovaries would be, but I can't be sure. It's not terrible pain, just uncomfortable. Where would the pain be if it was my ovaries, and what could this mean?

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replied November 14th, 2012
Ovulation and Ovaries Answer A40337
Welcome to ehealthforum,
Abdominal cramps during your periods/menstrual bleeding is known as dysmenorrhea and it could indicate underlying causes like PID, infections, pelvic adhesions, PCOS, worsening or rupture of ovarian cysts, torsion in ovarian cysts (if cysts are big), endometriosis, endometrial cyst rupture, ectopic pregnancy (if you are pregnant), etc. The exact cause can only be made out after careful evaluation. If the symptoms persist, or if they keep worsening/not improving, you should consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist at the earliest for thorough examination and further evaluation to look for the underlying cause for the symptoms/dysmenorrhea that you describe. Treatment as appropriate (based on examination findings and investigations results) would be started to help you control the symptoms. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately.
Take care.

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