Cramps After Period

As your period winds down every month, you probably look forward to feeling better, with no discomfort, especially not cramps. But what happens if you still have cramps after your period is over?cramps-after-period

Some women experience cramping for up to TWO weeks after their period flow has stopped. Having menstrual cramps when you period is over isn’t any fun, but they are not usually a cause for concern.

Why do you have cramping after your period?

There are actually quite a few reasons why you may experience cramps after your period has ended. They include:

1. Birth Control Devices
If you have an intrauterine birth control device, especially if it was recently inserted, this can cause cramps after periods. These plastic devices are small, and prevent sperm from reaching and fertilizing an egg, to prevent a pregnancy.

Some women who have had these devices inserted have complained of cramps up to three months after insertion. The pain is due to the time it takes the uterus to adjust to that foreign device. They aren’t menstrual cramps, but they feel like them.

2. Ovulation

Ovulation is a common cause of cramps following periods. It occurs when the egg comes from the ovaries. It doesn’t usually cause pain, but some women have pelvic pain and cramps two weeks or so after their period, when they ovulate.

This pain is different than menstrual pain. It may be felt as a sharp and pulsing pain on just one side, or it could show up as a dull ache on either side.

3. Adenomyosis

This condition affects the tissue in the endometrial gland. If you suffer from this disorder, the tissues grow abnormally and this leads to symptoms that include cramping after periods, abnormal uterine bleeding, heavy menstruation and blood clots.

4. Endometriosis

This condition involves the uterine tissue growing outside the uterus. It may grow in the ovaries, or in other areas. This causes pain that is similar to cramps. These growths do not slough off like uterine tissue usually does, although they do break and then bleed like typical tissue of the uterus during your cycle.

If you have endometriosis, you likely experience constant cramps in the pelvic area, and you will notice them more during your periods. When the tissue outside the uterus heals, it can damage organs nearby, which also causes pain and severe bloating.

5. Ovarian Cysts

Cysts develop in the ovaries because of a variety of issues. They cause severe pain. They can even lead to polycystic ovarian syndrome and infertility.

6. Uterine Fibroids

Fibroids are non-cancerous tumors growing in the smooth muscle tissues of the uterus. In addition to causing pain after your periods, they can also cause irregular bleeding, increase weight in the area of the waistline and frequent urination.

7. Pelvic Inflammation Disease (PID)

Any infection caused by bacteria in the fallopian tubes, ovaries or uterus may cause you to experience cramps after your period. The infection can also cause scarring of the tissue, and even infertility. The symptoms most often experiences are fever, irregular menstrual bleeding and abnormal vaginal discharge.

Other Reasons for Cramping after your Period

There are other types of body issues that may cause cramps or cramps with spotting, after your period.

1. Hormonal Imbalance
If your hormones are not properly balanced, your body will change rapidly. Cramping and irregular periods are signs of hormonal imbalances.

2. Incapacity of the Uterus
Your uterus should expel all of its blood and detritus by the time your period ends. If there is still blood in your body, it still must be expelled, even if it’s after your normal period. This can cause cramping and spotting in many cases.

3. Uterine Cysts
Cysts may form in the tissue of the uterus. This causes post-menstrual cramping and bleeding.

4. Conventional (non-device) Birth Control
If you take birth control medications, you may notice bleeding or spotting after your period has ended. This is caused by changes in hormone levels.

5. Implantation
If you are trying to become pregnant, an implantation may have occurred. When that happens, the lining of the uterus can shed and cause light bleeding that lasts for one to two days. Sharp pains or stomach cramps may accompany implantation.

6. Other Diseases
Major issues with your health, like thyroid issues or cancer, can cause your body’s natural menstrual cycle to fluctuate. This can cause bad cramps or abdominal pain following your period.

Dealing with Cramps after Period

When you’re not sure what causes cramps after your period, speak with your physician if you have worries about the cause. You can also deal with cramping in these ways:

1. Home Remedies

There are some measures of care you can do at home, for pain reduction. They include:

• Taking warm showers for relief

• Drinking warm beverages

• Using a heating pad at the source of pain

• Using relaxation techniques for discomfort

Persistent cramping or pain after your period may signify serious problems in your reproductive system. Appropriate medication will give you some relief. Don’t try to ignore the pain; discuss it with your physician, to make sure it isn’t a serious problem.

2. Medications

Your physician may prescribe combinations of

• Hormonal birth control pills

• Hormone therapy


• Antibiotics

If the reason for your pain is a cyst or sac filled with fluid, your physician may refer you to a surgeon, to relieve your pain. The treatment plan your physician sets up will be dependent on the cause of the pain and your symptoms.


  1. I had a light smell. Not burn.just a little discharge.i used a virginal yeast infection ointment as directed on box.2 weeks later I had my period. Normal. Medium flow.3days after it stop. Then 1 day later is returned.light pink discharge for about one week. Slight itching/burning. Ongoing for 2 weeks.then disappear. Started having cramps that feels like period pain. I don’t know what to do. Please I need some advice

    • You may want to speak with a medical professional. It is possible that you are pregnant. It is possible that your yeast infection came back. And it is possible that something else is happening. Continue ot monitor your experiences while you wait for your appointment. Good luck, Sonette!

  2. I was on the Implanon for 5 years, it was removed last year in August. September of 2016 i had a cycle and there after. I was wondering how long does it take for the medicine of the birth control to completely leave my system so i can try to get pregnant?

    • As a rule, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor before trying to get pregnant. Your doctor can discuss any health concerns with you, diet, exercise and other lifestyle changes that can help increase the chances of having a healthy pregnancy. If you have not taken birth control in any form for months, it should be fine. You should talk to your doctor first though just to be safe.

  3. Hi, I am 41 and have a regular 28 day cycles with some fibroids for the past couple years with no noticeable impact except slightly heavier periods. Breasts get full and sore after ovulation and go back to normal just before period starts. However this month, breasts stayed heavy and sore throughout my period still am, which is unusual. Period started right on due date, lasted four days, very normal. On cycle day 8, I had extreme pain on lower right side of groin and started spotting, lasted all night, gone by morning but breasts were even more sore. Today is cycle day 12, started spotting again yesterday and today spotting turned into a light flow of darker blood with light cramping. Breasts still heavy but less sore. According to my period tracker, I don’t ovulate for another 2 days. What could this be?

    • It is possible that you are having implantation bleeding and it is possible that you are having an unusual period. Continue to monitor the changes that you are experiencing, as this will help you answer your doctor’s questions if you determine that you want to make an appointment with one in the future. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Reduce stress in your life at this time. Best of luck, Concerned.

  4. I’m 33 and I always have a normal spotting after my period. I finished with my regular period and I’m not spotting like I usually do. This has never had this experience, should I be worried that it’s something more to it?

    • It could be that your period is just slightly different this month because of a lifestyle change, hormonal imbalance, illness or something else. If the rest of your period was fairly normal, I would not read too much into it yet.

  5. I am 50 and having period every 6 months. Just had the worst one ever – so heavy and clotted and lasted 10 days or more. I figured I am approaching menopause so just get on with it. About a week after it ended though, I had severe pelvic pain. Its so bad I cant sit down. I have usually suffered with ovulation pains throughout my life but this was worse. Any ideas what it might be?

    • There are several things that could cause this, but only your doctor would be able to do the tests to check, diagnose and treat the conditions properly. Go to your doctor and tell him or her what is going on. Even if this is just due to menopause, it never hurts to be cautious.

  6. Pls am having civil pains imidiatly after my period nd hv don ultrasound,did scan nd culture.still d pains is still Nt going nd hv taking antibiotics still no difference.what could be d cause nd what should I do cos am in serious pains

    • If you are having such intense pains, then it is important for you to speak with a medical professional as soon as you are able. If you are concerned that these pains are linked with your cycle or pregnancy, then it is important for you to monitor and take note of these changes. This will help you answer your doctor’s questions when you make an appointment. Remain positive as you move forward. Good luck, Nelly!

    • Thank you for sharing your experiencing. Continue to monitor the changes that you are experiencing. This will give you additional information for future reference. Have a great day, Dolly!

  7. I have been experience some cramps after my ps but this time it has been to painfull to the extent that am weak and feverish,
    please i don’t want to worry so much,
    it is a bad sign?
    Is it cancerous?


    Hope you consider my question

    • If you have been having serious concerns and cramps over the last few months, then there is a wide variety of possibilities that you are facing. It would be most wise of you to make an appointment with a medical professional. Continue to monitor the experiences and changes that you are having. It may be wise of you to take notes. These notes will help you better answer your doctor’s questions. Reduce stress on your body and in your life at this time. Remain positive and best of luck to you, Ndagire!

  8. I have been experiencing some abdominal cramps after periods for some month but today and yesterday is worse to the extent that am feeling weak and feverish.
    I need to know what is the cause?
    Is it a sign of complication?
    Is it a sign of Cervical Cancer/ Ovarian Cancer / Uterine/Endometrial Cancer/Vaginal Cancer/ Vulvar cancer ?

    I will be great full if you consider my request


    • If you have been having serious concerns and cramps over the last few months, then there is a wide variety of possibilities that you are facing. It would be most wise of you to make an appointment with a medical professional. Continue to monitor the experiences and changes that you are having. It may be wise of you to take notes. These notes will help you better answer your doctor’s questions. Reduce stress on your body and in your life at this time. Remain positive and best of luck to you, Ndagire!

  9. Hello, I’m 17, on a low dose of Depo Provera (birth control injection, been on it for around 2 years), am sexually active with my boyfriend and have a very tiny uterine polyp (diagnosed by ultrasound a bit over a year ago; it was sesame seed sized, so extremely small).

    My periods have always been super irregular, long, and came with tons of bleeding and pain; since I’ve started the Depo, they’ve become less heavy and painful and rarely come at all.
    My last period was on September 15th, 2016, and ended on the 26th of that month (12 days total).
    I had a bit of bleeding the second and third day after my period, followed by some sharp pains and a dull cramping feeling in my lower abdomen and back since then. These pains are still ongoing.
    Everything else is normal, though; normal discharge, normal appetite, weight, mood, no cravings etc.

    Me and my boyfriend rarely have actual intercourse as it’s painful for me and takes me a while to get into things (low sex drive), and the last time we had sex was a month before my period.

    I’ve scheduled an appointment to talk to my doctor about these pains, and will be requesting another ultrasound to see if the polyp has grown or if there’s any new growths.
    If anyone has any ideas of what this could be, please reply! I’ll be keeping my comment updated when I get checked out.

    • You are correct to make an appointment with a medical professional. They will be able to better take care of you with the knowledge that they will have with your ultrasound and medical history. Remain positive and reduce stress on your body and in your life at this time. Remain positive, Tali!

  10. Thanks for sharing this information. If you are suffering from the period problem then you should clean your vaginal properly and meet your doctor regularly.

    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts and insights with our community, Melissa! Feel free to share your ideas with us in the future!

  11. I know this does not even relate to the subject of this article I just recently stopped eating meat and now I am having cramps from about the bottom of my ribcage to my hips and I just got off my period yesterday

    • Your body may be adjusting to the dietary changes, and this could have caused more cramps in your menstrual cycle. It is also possible that your body is getting used to a high-fiber diet. Many vegetarians eat significantly more fiber than their meat-eating counterparts, and a sudden increase in fiber can cause the cramping. Once your body gets used to the dietary change, it should get better. If not, make sure to go to your doctor and get checked out.

  12. Comment:hello all… I noticed before I started my monthly I was really nauseous and pickle juice along with fruit popsicles combined would he’ll.. monthly was only 6days long and really light this time( usually moderate)… now I’m experiencing mild cramps…. any suggestions on what it could be?

    • You may just be having an irregular period this month, or it could be something else. If you think that you could be pregnant, take a pregnancy test. You could also have one of the conditions mentioned in the article, so you may want to schedule an appointment with your doctor to get checked out. Good luck, Firebug91!

    • Thank you for sharing your experience and insight. It is certain that you sharing your experience with help someone in the future. Continue to monitor the changes that you are experiencing for future reference. Have a great day, Daly!

  13. Hi there, I’m a teenager and have had periods for over a year and a half now. My cycle still hasn’t regulated and my periods are all over the shop. Sometimes I may not have a period for 3-4 months but when I do they are heavy, painful and 7+ days long. On the other hand I sometimes have 2 periods only 2 1/2-3 weeks apart and light, still painful but only 2-4 days. My mum, older sister and friends keep telling me it’ll get more regular with time but if anything they keep getting more irregular. Is this a cause for concern? I don’t take any form of birth control and am not sexually active so I don’t think this is the cause. I am quite active but maintain a similar diet, sleep and exercise year round. Sorry for the long question and thank you.

    • I really would not worry about it. While some teenagers have regular periods right off the bat, it can take some girls a bit of time before their body sets into a stable cycle. In some cases, teenagers grow up to always have irregular periods. Everyone’s body is different, so I would not worry about it at all. If your mother and sister have regular periods now, then you are genetically likely to end up with regular periods. Just give it time!

  14. HI I got my period September 27th and is going to end tomorrow is that normal? It was thin in the mornings but heavy at night’s with blood clots “little ones.” I usually have my period 5-6days is it normal that my period was shorter this month?

    • An unusual period flow or length can be due to many things. Changes in your lifestyle, such as diet and exercise, can have an influence on your period. Stress may also have an effect. Reduce stress on your life at this time and continue to monitor the changes that you experience. This will allow you to best answer your doctor’s questions in the future. Remain positive as you move forward, Estefai!