Some women experience normal pain and cramping on or around the time of ovulation on a regular basis, according to Fertility at About.com. However, cramping after ovulation is also an early sign of pregnancy, according to WebMD. If spotting accompanies cramping, there is a possibility of pregnancy. When the cramping is followed by a late or missed period, a pregnancy test can confirm or rule out pregnancy.
According to Fertility at About.com, about 20 percent of all women experience regular pain on or around the time of ovulation. The dull, achy feeling accompanying ovulation varies from a few hours of discomfort to a few days. Cramping and pain associated with ovulation is typically mild in nature. While ovulation pain is considered normal, severe pain is not normal. Fertility at About.com warns that intense, pelvic pain can be an indication of endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease.
Cramping after ovulation due to pregnancy results as the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine wall, according to WebMD. Implantation bleeding and cramping typically occurs six to 12 days after fertilization of the egg occurs; and, it is often accompanied by light spotting for a day or two. Because these cramps can resemble menstrual cramps, many women mistake this early sign of pregnancy for the start of a regular period.