Cramping After Period: Causes And Treatments
Experiencing Menstrual-like bad cramps after period has ended?. Is it normal to have cramps before and after your period?. Menstrual cramping and sharp twinges in the lower abdomen are not a woman's best friend. You may think this means implantation or early pregnancy cramps if trying to conceive.
Many women are concerned they’re pregnant if they have abdominal pain at the end of their menstruation or period ended but still cramping. It is a very rare occurrence to conceive immediately after your monthly blood flow.
First and foremost, immediately after menses, a woman will not be ovulating under normal conditions, meaning that her body is not physically able to get pregnant just yet.
It is easy to confuse pregnancy cramps with Post menses pain.
And it will be strange for you if this is the first time cramping after periods is happening.
Menstrual cramps are periodic pains experienced by women in their lower abdomen or pelvic during periods.
Every woman's menstrual cycle is different.
What causes Menstrual Cramps?
Period cramps are normal and it is caused by the uterus contracting and tightening to expel its blood.
Abnormal pain after period may be caused by:
- Uterine Incapacity
- Ovarian Cyst
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
- Cervical Stenosis
Why am i cramping after my period?
Most women experience pain during their menstruation, during ovulation, before period, during early pregnancy. And all these are considered normal.
In fact according to a study, over 50% of women experience these menstrual cramps as a normal occurrence.
But for some other women cramping doesn't just stop there, it also continues even when they are no longer on their period.
Some women even have nausea after their period has ended.
Menstrual cramping and lower back pain after period is caused by:
- Normal uterine contractions (Primary Dysmenorrhea)
- Gynaecological conditions (Secondary Dysmenorrhea)
So keep reading to find out what actually causes this spotting and cramping after menstruation.
You would also learn best ways to treat this painful abdominal discomfort.
Causes of SPOTTING AND Cramping right After Period
1. Presence of Prostaglandins
Cramping occurs naturally in the first place, due to the presence of prostaglandins which is a chemical messenger found in various parts of the body. It's main function is to send pain signals to the brain. For example when you cut yourself these hormone-like signals send messages to the brain about the pain.
Because the uterus contracts(tightens before,during and after your period)to properly expel all its lining.
Other Causes Of Pelvic Pain After Period Ends
Some of the most common causes of cramping right after period are:
1. Hormonal Imbalance
Hormones play a key role in how a woman's reproductive system operates.
Hormonal imbalance or deficiency in women may cause severe cramps, bloating, irregular periods, abdominal discomfort to name a few.
2. Birth Control (pills, mirena iud)
Some birth controls do cause period-like pain e.g. IUD (intrauterine Device).
The IUD is normally inserted into the Uterus.
If you have newly inserted an IUD recently, then you are likely to get cramps before and after your period.
It is important that you see your doctor immediately, if you have severe pain after your period has ended, if you have an IUD inserted.
It could be a serious medical condition.
Also hormonal contraceptives contains artificial hormones that disrupts the normal functions of your natural hormones.
3. UTERINE Fibroids
Fibroids are abnormal growth in the uterus or around the uterus.
One of the symptoms of fibroid is severe cramps and heavy bleeding.
Although, it is unclear about what causes fibroid but hormones have been linked to their formation.
Other symptoms of Fibroid include pelvic pain, Lower abdominal Pain, Swelling of the lower abdomen.
4. OVARIAN CYST
Ovarian cysts are very common in women of child bearing age.
Ovarian Cyst do not necessarily cause any symptoms.
In cases of severe ovarian cyst, the symptoms caused include abdominal pain after period, Lower abdominal pain, cramps during and after sex.
Ovarian Cyst are usually formed when an egg did not get released during ovulation it then turns into a cyst.
Normally during ovulation, the follicle releases an egg but in certain cases where the egg doesn't get released it forms a fluid like sac called an ovarian cyst.
5. Implantation Cramps/ early pregnancy symptoms or sign
Implantation cramps occurs when a fertilised egg tries to attach itself to the walls of the uterus.
This usually happens around 6 to 7 days past ovulation.
Implantation cramps can be severe or mild and it feels like prickling or pulling pains in the lower abdomen.
Spotting in early pregnancy is known as implantation bleeding or implantation spotting.
If you take a pregnancy test too early, it is likely you would get a negative pregnancy test result.
Adenomyosis is a medical condition in which the lining of the uterus breaks through the uterine walls.
This condition causes menstrual cramps and lower abdominal pelvic pain before and after periods.
The symptoms of adenomyosis and uterine fibroids are very similar, and both causes menstrual-like pain after period.
7. Pelvic inflammatory disease
8. Ovulation Pain
Early ovulation occurs when your ovulation starts earlier than normal.
Ovulation usually occurs around day 10 - 14 of your monthly menstrual cycle. One of the symptoms of ovulation is cramping.
Some women notice cramping before ovulation occurs and also during ovulation itself.
In other cases women also report cramping after ovulation has occurred.
Ovulation cramps could last for a few hours or several days past ovulation.
Endometriosis is a condition in which the tissues of uterine lining are found in other parts of the body such as fallopian tubes, ovaries and pelvis.
Although the main cause of Endo is unknown but it is believed to be caused a combination of factors such as genetics, retrograde menstruation and immune system disorder.
Common symptoms of endometriosis are:
- Period Pain
- Heavy Periods
- Pelvic Pain
- Pain during and after sex
- Cramps but no period
- Bleeding between periods
- Fatigue and tiredness
10. Cervical Stenosis
Cervical stenosis is a condition that arises when the opening of the cervix is narrow than normal.
Symptoms of cervical Stenosis are:
- Painful periods (dysmenorrhea)
- No periods (Amenorrhea)
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding and cramping
Abdominal pain After Period Could I be Pregnant?
This is one of the most popular questions we get asked all the time.
Abdominal cramping is one of the earliest signs of pregnancy.
But for pregnancy to occur, a woman must be in her fertile days or very close to ovulation.
If you have abdominal pain days after ovulation, then you may be pregnant. But if you have abdominal pain right after your period has ended then it is unlikely that you are pregnant.
This is because the days after your period has ended is known as the dry days. It is difficult or almost impossible to get pregnant on the days after your period.
Cramping and lower abdominal back pain can really be uncomfortable. See a doctor if is is getting in the way of your daily routine.
CRAMPING 2 DAYS AFTER PERIOD ENDS?
Cramping can last from 1-2 days after period has ended can be due to uterine incapacity.
If the uterus doesn't get rid of all the blood during menstruation this can cause spotting and cramping after your period ends.
Cramping 3 days after period ends?
If you are still cramping 3 days after your period has ended you may be wondering if this is normal.
Cramping a week After Period?
is it normal to still have cramps a week after period has ended?
Cramping a week after period has ended could be due to early ovulation or more serious health problems.
If the cramping is severe, call to see the Doctor.
Cramps 2 weeks After Period...ttc
Some women experience cramping two weeks after their period ends.
If trying to conceive (ttc) this is the perfect time to have sex.
is Sharp Pain in Ovary After Period endometriosis?
A sharp pain or stabbing pain in your left or right ovaries after ovulation or after you period, may mean a serious health issue. Endometriosis is a condition, where by the lining of the uterus starts to grow in other places.
Endometriosis could lead to sharp ovarian pain in either the left or right ovary.
CRAMPS BEFORE PERIOD VS CRAMPS AFTER PERIOD
Cramping before period is usually caused by ovulation and pregnancy. If cramping 2 weeks before period it is ovulation.
If cramping 1 week before period or around the time of your expected period it is implantation cramping.
Ovulation and implantation cramps are usually mild and not severe.
Cramping a few days or a couple of days after period could mean early ovulation or something is wrong.
If pain during or after menstruation is severe, see your healthcare provider immediately.
THE 3 stages of your menstrual cycle
Before we go further, let take a quick look at the 3 stages of your menstrual cycle so you can properly understand what goes on and why cramping occurs.
The first stage deals with the shedding of the uterus lining. The uterus contracts to expel the lining of the uterus as your period(blood flow).
The second phase is the ovulatory phase (the release of a matured egg from the ovary). This occurs about 10-14 days after your period is over. This depends on the length of your cycle and how long your period last of course.
The next phase is the luteal phase( Phase after ovulation). This is when there is an increased level of progesterone hormone. The main aim of this increase is to thicken the lining of the uterus to prepare it as a home for a fertilised egg.
If no fertilisation occurs, it is then shed as blood in the next 14 days.
So this cycle continues each month in this 3 stages.
Treatment of Cramps/LOWER BACK pain After menstruation has ended?
Mild Cramps after Your Period is over
- Over the Counter Pain Killers: Some doctor recommend painkillers for women who are still having mild cramps after their period has ended.
You may need to contact your doctor for this. Heat: For mild cramps take a hot bath or make use of heating pads or even a hot water bottle would be fine. Heating pads and hot water bottles can be purchased from stores or online. The key is to be relaxed while you use them.
Severe stomach Cramps/abdominal pain after Period
- See the Doctor
: if you are experiencing unbearable abdominal discomfort anytime in your monthly cycle that last longer than a few hours then seek medical help. It could be a health related problem.
Home Remedies to Stop menstrual cramps (Dysmenorrhea)
Massage with Essential oil
Instead of taking painkiller to relief period pains, try using essential oil. In the olden days, women used oils when they experience pain during menstruation. The best oils for period pains are:
- Marjoram essential oil
- Chamomile Essential oil
Exercise can help to get rid of period pains. Some women start performing yoga exercises when they are approaching their periods.
Eat Food Rich in Magnesium
Foods that are high in magnesium such as almonds, darky leafy vegetable, avocado, yogurt help fight dysmenorrhea
Drink Herbal Tea to ease cramps
Herbal teas helps to soothe and alleviate pain during and after menses. Chamomile as been shown to help women with pains and cramps.
Eat lots of fibre
Foods high in fibre such as Dark leafy vegetables, Fruit, beans helps to relief pain before and after period.
Eliminate Sugar and processed foods
Use honey or sweetener as opposed to using sugar. Processed foods are not good for you either. If you constantly have pain during your period, avoid sugary foods.
Other post menstrual syndrome (PMS)
As there are PMS (premenstrual syndromes) there are also post menstrual syndromes such as:
- Pink Discharge after menstruation
Lower back pain and cramps but no period
- After Period Nausea
- Pregnancy symptoms after mensuration
- Sore breast
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