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. Hi. I am experiencing cramps after my period has ended. Its usually random but it wakes me up at night from the severe pain. Also I have noticed that if I hold back my pee, it also comes around by then. I have a back discomfort and headaches too.

    I also have a history of endometriosis and a chocolate cysts. I have been operated last year january 2016. Could this be part of my pain symptoms?

    • It would be beneficial for you to speak with a medical professional. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional symptoms. This information will help your doctor diagnose and treat your condition. Make an appointment at this time. You may choose to speak with an emergency medical professional. Best of luck, Chace!

  2. I am 49 and my periods are always regular and only last about 3 days. Lately i have been getting severe pain in my lower right side of abdomen after my period, so bad it wakes me up and I’m in allot of pain. I don’t have an ovary or tube on that side so I’m Lost with knowing what’s causing this. Sometimes it’s only a couple days but this last time it was 5 straight days that woke me up at 5am in extreme pain.

    • The lower right abdomen is where your appendix is location. It is possible that you are experiencing a symptom of appendicitis. You may be experiencing an unusual period. Because of the potential serious condition, you may want to visit an emergency medical professional. Continue to monitor your symptoms, if they continue or become worse, then visit a doctor. Best of luck, Melissa!

  3. Hi my name is Erica I’m 27. I had my tubes tide for six years now after a week after my period ends I’m cramping and also have some bloating going on I don’t know what to think

    • Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having. You may want to make an appointment with a medical professional at this time. They may be able to diagnose and treat your condition. They may be able to run additional tests. Take note of the symptoms, so you may better address any questions that your doctor may have. Best of luck, Erica!

  4. After having an ultrasound the dr. Found a small cyst on my ovary. They said if pregnant I may be to early to see. They set up another US in one month.

    • Reduce stress in your life at this time. It is beneficial that you have spoken with a medical professional. Speak with your doctor about what you can do for your situation. They will be able to address and offer treatment. It will be beneficial to go to your next appointment. Best of luck, Jamie!

  5. Hi, my cycles are 29 days and very regular.. what i think may have been my period came a day late and lasted only 2 days. Day one was pink brown spotting and a medium flow and spotting the second. Its been 2 days and im still cramping and now spotting again. I’ve been also feeling alot of pressure near my pubic bone followed by bloating,nausea and slight headache/neckache. I took a pg test one said positive and the next said negative..My tubes were tied 7 1/2 years ago and six months later i had an ectopic. Symptoms were some what the same.

    • It is possible for birth control measures to be reversed. It is possible, though unlikely, that you are experiencing signs of pregnancy. It is also possible that you are experiencing unusual symptoms. Continue to monitor these symptoms. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Speak with a medical professional for advice. Best of luck, Jamie!

      • Thanks for the quick reply.. i have an appt with my OB next week. I will update what she says and finds. For anyone else who may be having simular symptoms.

        • Thank you for sharing your decision. It will help our community if you share your experiences and insights. Best of luck, Jamie!


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