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I believe there is a medieval use of this word that was not related to menses... anyone, anyone? I think it is related to the vernal equinox? --Renice 16:28, 18 March 2007 (UTC)

OED citations[edit]

I'm storing these notes on usage from the OED here until I (or someone else) can incorporate relevant parts:

Brit. /mɪtlʃmɛɪts/,

/mɪtlʃməɪts/, U.S. /mɪdlʃmɛ(ə)rts/ Forms: 18- Mittelschmerz, 19- mittelschmertz, mittelschmerz. [< German Mittelschmerz, lit. ‘middle pain’ (1875 or earlier) < mittel MIDDLE a. + Schmerz SCHMERZ n.] Lower abdominal pain occurring in the middle of the menstrual cycle in some women, thought to be related to the occurrence of ovulation.

  • 1890 J. S. BILLINGS National Med. Dict. II. 162/2 Mittelschmerz, intermenstrual pain.
  • 1893 S. POZZI Treat. Gynaecol. II. iv. 287 The so-called inter-menstrual dysmenorrhœa (‘Mittelschmerz’ of German writers) is only called dysmenorrhœa by a misapplication of the term.
  • 1895 Lancet 28 Dec. 1625/1 Dr. J. Halliday Croom read a paper on So-called Mittelschmerz, sometimes called a form of dysmenorrh{oe}a.
  • 1942 C. MAZER & S. L. ISRAEL Diagnosis & Treatm. Menstrual Disorders ix. 135 The pain undoubtedly emanates from the ovaries, since neither hysterectomy nor resection of the presacral nerve..eliminates mittelschmerz, but bilateral oophorectomy does. *1971 Vogue Nov. 60/2 Have intercourse as near ovulation as possible. This can be the pain that some women experience (Mittelschmerz).
  • 1993 Mother & Baby Feb. 80/4 The pains are called ‘mittelschmertz’ (middle pains) and are quite common.

--Renice 16:34, 19 March 2007 (UTC)

Self Treatment for Mittelschmerz Pain[edit]

Section is stylistically all wrong, starting with the allcaps in the title through to the fact that it's in the second person and just generally inappropriate for an encyclopaedic article - this looks like general pain-relief advice to me, which could be readily collapsed to a single sentence/clause ("Self-treatment, e.g. blah, may be appropriate") in the Treatment section... Kaberett (talk) 10:26, 6 August 2011 (UTC)

six and eight glasses of water every day[edit]

This recommendation is dangerous nonsense. There is a growing body of evidence indicating that consuming that much water could lead to a degree of overhydration that might, in turn, lead to serious health problems.

Cf: Valtin H. “Drink at least eight glasses of water a day.” Really? Is there scientific evidence for “8 × 8”? Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol2002;283:R993-1004.


Negoianu D, Goldfarb S. Just add water. J Am Soc Nephrol2008;19:1041-3. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:11, 25 February 2012 (UTC)