Ovulation pain is the pelvic pain that some women experience during ovulation. Ovulation generally occurs about midway between menstrual cycles, and usually occurs in the lower abdomen and pelvis, either in the middle or to one side. This pain can range from a mild to severe and usually lasts from minutes to hours. Most physicians will prescribe an over the counter pain medication, but there is another way to help this pain without the aid of medications. The following acupressure techniques help by releasing endorphins (the body's natural pain relievers) which naturally reduce pain. These acupressure techniques help with other premenstrual symptoms, as well.
How to Relieve Ovulation Pain With Acupressure
Sit in a comfortable position or lie down, close your eyes and breathe deeply as you massage each of the pressure points.
Find the CV6 pressure point, which is positioned one to two inches below the belly button. Apply firm deep strokes of pressure into the abdomen. There will be pain at first, but the pain will eventually start to ease up. Continue applying this pressure for about one minute, or until the site develops a numb feeling.
Find the B48 pressure point that is centered in the middle of each of the buttock muscles. Start with the left buttock and apply firm and deep strokes of pressure upward toward the top of the body. Continue applying this pressure for about one minute, or until the site develops a numb feeling. Repeat the firm deep pressure on the other buttock, again for about one minute.
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Find the ST36 pressure point on the front of the left leg. The best way to find this point is to feel around the front side of your leg, right below the knee, for a slight impression. At this spot, you should apply the same firm, deep pressure going in a downward motion toward your foot. This point should be stroked for about a minute. Repeat this motion in the same spot on the other leg.
Find the P6 pressure point by feeling on the inside of the left leg, about two to three inches above the bone on the inner part of the ankle. Start by applying the deep firm strokes of pressure this time in an upward motion toward the knee of that leg, continuing for about one minute. Repeat this same motion on the inside of the other leg.
Find the Liv3 pressure point which is located on the top of the foot, in the meaty, webbed part between the big toe and the second toe. Start with the left foot by applying deep firm strokes of pressure in an upward direction toward the ankle of the foot. Continue this motion for about a minute, then repeat on the right foot.
Each pressure point should be stroked with firm, deep pressure for about one minute. Most will experience some pain at first, but the pain should ease up after a while. The sites should be stroked until there is a numbed feeling at that spot.
These techniques may work better if you have someone else massaging these points for you.