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Inflamed ovaries are common, and often affect women during their menstrual cycles. The event causes a small amount of pain and then generally subsides on its own. However, in some cases, an inflamed ovary is a sign of something more serious. Many women dismiss the symptoms as normal period pain or stomach ache, but some symptoms can indicate a need for medical review.

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1. Symptom: Pain

The most common symptom of inflamed ovaries is pain, ranging from a dull ache to a sharp, stabbing sensation, depending on what is causing the enlarged ovary. Most women feel the sensation in the lower abdomen on one the side of the inflamed ovary. Women may also feel pelvic pain and pain during intercourse -- both of these should prompt a medical visit.

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