Cramps After Period: Causes And Treatments

Most Women experience cramps during their periods or during ovulation.

Infact over 50% of women experience these menstrual cramps but for some women cramping doesn't just stop there, it also occurs after their period has ended.

These could be strange for some women if it is the first time cramping after a period is happening to them.

So keep reading to find out what causes spotting and cramping after menstruation.

You would also learn how to treat this abdominal discomfort.​

I have created a quick navigation for your comfort.

Abdominal Pain After Period Could I be Pregnant?

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 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 ended is known as the dry days. It is difficult or almost impossible to get pregnant on this dry days.​

Why am I SPOTTING AND Cramping After my Period?

Cramping After Period

There are lots of reasons why you could have cramps and bleeding after your period has ended.

Some of the most common causes of cramping 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

Some birth controls do cause period-like cramps 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 cramps after your period has ended if you have an IUD inserted.

It could be a serious medical condition.​

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.

Besides, Estrogen and Progesterone hormones​ have been found to stimulate the growth of fibroid.

Other symptoms of Fibroid include pelvic pain, Lower abdominal Pain, Swelling of the lower abdomen.


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 cramping 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.

​Ovarian Cyst is one of the leading causes of Ovarian Pain.

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

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. This can last for a few hours or for a few days.

6. ​Adenomyosis

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 cramps after period.

7. ​Pelvic inflammatory disease

PID is an infection of the female reproductive system, usually caused by sexually transmitted diseases.

PID infects the fallopian tubes, uterus, ovaries, vagina and cervix.​

The symptoms of PID includes cramps and spotting through the month, lower abdominal pain after period, pain during and after sex, vaginal discharge to mention just a few.

Read More: Clumpy white Vaginal Discharge

8. ​Early Ovulation

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.

Related Article: Cramping After Ovulation

Menstrual Cramps After Period

Cramping 2 Days After Period ends

Cramping can last from 1-2 days after period has ended can be due to uterine incapacity.

Uterine incapacity happens when the uterus does not completely shed all the blood it is suppose to, during a period.

If the uterus doesn't get rid of all the blood during menstruation this can cause spotting and cramping after 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.

If the cramping is severe then you should see a doctor. 

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.

Cramping 2 week After Period

This could be ovulation cramps. Ovulation cramps happen around mid-cylce. 

You should normally have this cramps during ovulation and it can last for a few days after ovulation.

If you have continuous cramps from the end of your period for 2 weeks then you should see a doctor immediately. ​

Treatment of Cramps/pain After Period has ended?

Period ended but still cramping do the following:

​Mild Cramps after Period

  • 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.

Remember to seek for medical help if you have a painful menstrual cramp after your period has ended.

Related Reading

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