THIS is the reason why you are cramping even when you don’t have periods!

Cramps are nasty and every woman would agree with us on this one. Cramping during your period or before your period is quite common. This occurs because the uterine muscles contracts in order to discard the unfertilized egg. However, there are times when you might experience cramping even when you are not on your period. So, before you panic and head to the doctor, consider these possibilities.

1.     Early pregnancy

The first possibility of cramping in case you have missed your period, might be pregnancy. Cramping is one of the symptoms of pregnancy and this happens when the fetus attaches itself to the womb. This implantation pain is exactly like your period, making your lower abdomen feel sore and heavy. However, the pain does fade away with time.

Also, the pain might at times continue well into the first trimester. The pain is very similar to your period pain and occurs when your womb stretches and thickens to accommodate the growing fetus. And, if you are still not aware of your pregnancy, this might give you a good clue.

2.     Ovulation

Ovulation pain is very common before, or during your period. Some women experience cramping on the lower abdomen before, during, or after an egg is released from their ovary. The pain lasts for 24-48 hours and fades away and usually sets in 10-14 days before your period begins.

3.     Miscarriage

Cramping accompanied by heavy vaginal bleeding is one of the biggest signs on a miscarriage. The loss of an unborn baby before the 20th week can lead to severe cramping and bleeding. The cramps stem from the lower abdomen, going all the way to the thighs and the back. While vaginal bleeding is a clear indication of a miscarriage, it is also easy to mistake it as early pregnancy spotting, in case it is not too heavy.

4.     Perimenopause

Primenopause is the phase leading to menopause. Women in their 40s or 50s experience menopause and cramping during this time is very common. The cramps set in exactly during that time of the month when their period is due. Loss of libido, lack of sleep, night sweats, and weight gain often come with the cramps.

5.    Ovarian cysts or cancer

Fluid-filled sacs that are formed inside the ovary are called ovarian cysts. These cysts can cause dull or sharp cramps that radiate from the lower abdomen to the thighs and the back. In case the cyst twists the ovary, it is also accompanied by vomiting and nausea.

Ovarian cancer also causes abdominal cramping, along with pain in the legs and lower back. It might start off as a dull ache, but intensifies with time. There is a persistent pressure in your lower abdomen which won’t subside and is often mistaken for gas or constipation. Accompanying symptoms include swelling of the belly, constipation, feeling full with smaller meals, and frequent urination.

Irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, pelvic inflammatory disease, appendicitis, and autoimmune oophoritis are some of the other reasons one might experience cramping.

Feature image source: everydayhealth.com

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