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

• NSAIDs

• 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.

124 COMMENTS

  1. Ihad sex in the 18th of may 2017,my period came 9 days late and it was very light and lasted for 3 day den I spotted for 2 days.since den til now, I suffer mild cramps nd fatigue and my stomach always feel full. My breast is a getter tender as the day goes nd tonight I noticed discomfort when I sleep with my stomach faced down. Pls am scared

    • You would be best served by speaking with a medical professional. If it is possible that you are pregnant, then you may be pregnant. Take a pregnancy test at this time and continue to monitor your experiences. A doctor will be able to diagnose your condition. Best of luck, Luchi!

  2. Hi, I had my period June 3rd and it recently ended. But the weird thing was I kept getting this severe sharp pain in the right lower abdomen area. So far the blood hasn’t gone away and neither did the pain. I am very concerned with it. It also causes a sharp pain when I have to use the bathroom. I am not exactly sure what I should do.

    • Continue to monitor your experiences at this time. If the feelings decrease, then keep note of your symptoms for future reference. If they continue or become worse, then make an appointment with a medical professional. A medical professional will be able to diagnose your symptoms. Best of luck, Anon!

  3. I finished my menstrual flow on may 16,the next day I started experiencing a sharp pain in my lower abdomen,do you av any idea of what d problem is?

    • It is possible that you were experiencing symptoms of your period. It is possible that the sharp pains were caused by another medical problem. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having at this time. If you find that you want to speak with a medical professional, then make an appointment at that time. Have a great day, Grace!

  4. I already had my period n now 3 weeks later am cramping lower abdomen no bleeding what is wrong sharp pain on In off just got off my period on the 29 may

    • It is possible that you are having an early period. It is also possible that you are experiencing symptoms of a medical condition. If it is possible that you are pregnant, then you may be experiencing signs of pregnancy. Continue to monitor your experiences at this time. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Krisy!

  5. Hi so I had my period May 11-16 and 4-5 days later I have been experieing cramp like feeling really feel it it the morning when I wake up I also saw some brown discharge as well as wen I wipe light pink bleeding on and off. Please what could this be

    • It could be a number of things that would be impossible to diagnose outside of a doctor’s office. It could be as simple as a yeast infection or ovulation, or it could be something more serious. Track your symptoms to see if anything else happens. If you experience other symptoms, go to your doctor.

        • Just go to your doctor. This could be from any range of digestive or reproductive system problems, so you should just go to your doctor to get checked out.

      • I also have been experiencing these cramps for goin on 2weeks now. The pain is around in my back as if i were still on my cycle…what could this from

        • It is possible that you are having symptoms from a range of influences. It would be best for you to continue to monitor your symptoms. Make a medical appointment if any unpleasant sensations continue or intensify. Best of luck, Melissa!

  6. My period ended 3 days ago and during my period I was experiencing severe cramps and abdominal pain. I am still experiencing that abdominal pain, but I’m more bloated. I’ve taken ibuprofen, use a heating pad, and watch my diet but I still can’t get the pain to go away. Any tips?

    • You should go to the doctor. If your period ended, then the abdominal pain should stop if it was from that. If it is not from your menstrual cycle, then there are other potential causes. Your doctor is the only one who can do the physical exam or run the diagnostic tests to figure out exactly what is going on, so schedule an appointment.

  7. I have been experiencing this abdominal pains which when it happens have some tendency of transferring that same pain to my rectum. What could possibly be that. I have not had any sex so I don’t think its pregnancy

    • There are many potential causes, and the only way to know for sure is to go to your doctor. Without a physical exam and other diagnostic tools, there would be no way to know for sure what is causing this.

  8. Hello, my menstrual cycle started May 8th and ended two days later, extremely light bleeding with severe cramping. Ever since, I have been cramping daily without relief from extra strength Midol unless I take four times the dose. The pain is located in the throughout lower abdomen, dull aching but sometimes sharp pain. Accompanied by these episodes, I have been feeling light headed, cold and weak. I’ve never experienced anything like this before and I have not been active since March. Any suggestions please?

    • You need to go to the doctor. You should not be taking that high of a dose for that long without a doctor’s supervision. In addition, the fact that there is that much pain is another worry. These symptoms could be caused by conditions like an ectopic pregnancy, PCOS or even appendicitis. Some of the possible causes can be life-threatening, so it is important that you go to your doctor, explain your symptoms and get checked out.

  9. Hi, my period ended like a week and a half ago and like 4 days after my period ( which was not heavy at all unlike me usual periods and lasted for like 4 days instead of the usual 5/6) I started having cramps as if the period was starting again and I noticed I was spotting though that lasted for just 2 days. But I’m still having the cramps even as I type. I’m yet to run a PT. What could be happening?

    • It seems like you may have commented twice on this one. I have to answer each comment individually, so it may sometimes take me a little while to answer them all. If you do not see your response right away, do not worry because you will. Read through my last response and let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for commenting!

  10. Hi, my period ended like a week and a half ago and like 4 days after my period ( which was not heavy at all unlike me usual periods and lasted for like 4 days instead of the usual 5/6) I started having cramps as if the period was starting again and I noticed I was spotting though that lasted for just 2 days. But I’m still having the cramps even as I type. I’m yet to run a PT. What could be happening?

    • The cramps could be caused by a number of different things. The best thing to do would be to just go to the doctor. The cramps could be from a digestive disorder, PCOS, excessive working out or many other things. The only wy to know for sure is to go to your doctor and get professionally diagnosed.

  11. I have a 2.7cm ovarian cyst in my left ovary. I have been trying to conceive for 2years now. My period is usually very painful with clots. Done all the tests. No fibrod or hormonal imbalance. Now the side with the cyst is aching. This is 4days into my period. I had heavy bleeding for 3days as usual. What could be the cause of my pain?

    • Cysts can cause pain, especially if they rupture. You may want to go to your doctor just to make sure that nothing else is causing it.

  12. My period was almost four days late. My appetite increased (I feel as though I want to constantly pig out) It came, but extremely light. (About a third of the normal amount), no clotting, no cramps, it wasn’t a constant flow, completely different than normal. (My body is like clockwork.) I’m still constantly hungry, and now afterwards, I’m cramping (which isn’t normal for me) like I’m going to get my period, but it isn’t coming since I just technically had it. My back is sore, I have light headaches, as well as heartburn. I took an hot and it turned negative. Could I be pregnant?

    • Some of these symptoms are similar to PMS, so there is an excellent chance that you are not pregnant. Your pregnancy test was also a negative, so your period is probably just late this month. You can always test again in a few days. If it still does not start and you have odd symptoms, go to your doctor to see if another medical condition could be at fault for this.

  13. Today 3 weeks ago I started with my period it didn’t last very long it ended on the Thursday (2 full days) and since then I have abdominal pain, what can be the problem? can I be pregnant?

    • It is possible that your experiences are due to an unusual period. It is also possible that you are experiencing signs of pregnancy. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the result with a medical professional. Best of luck, Liena!

    • It is possible that you are experiencing unusual signs associated with your menstruation. It is possible that you experienced implantation bleeding and not menstruation. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having at this time. Best of luck, Glory!

  14. I’ve been off my period for 2 weeks now and I’m having sharp pain in my lower stomach and butt what does this mean will I be OK??

    • There is no way to know for sure. The pain could be caused by a wide variety of conditions, so you should call your doctor and get checked out. It may be nothing, but you should definitely go to your doctor to find out for sure.

  15. My cycle is usually 29days and started spotting March 30 but period came the normal time 1st April which was light. I have since been having cramps, waist/lower back pain and head ache. Took a home PT yesterday but negative,what do you advise I do?

    • It could be just an abnormal menstrual cycle this month or an early miscarriage. If the pain becomes severe, you should go to the doctor to make sure that it is not a sign of a more serious problem. You may also want to take another pregnancy test in about a week just to be sure. If you are worried and continue to have symptoms, go to your doctor.

  16. I restarted the unvarying 3 months ago. Last week I started my period and after 1.5 days I passed a tissue type thing similar to the casts I saw in Google images only mine was a thick 4 inch ish by 2 inch ish strip. Of course a very painful crampy period. I stopped bleEdina after I passed the tissue which was very abnormal for me. I usually bleed very heavy and with large clots for 2-3 days then med to light flow for 1-2 more days. I was med flow, passed the tissue, then pink spotting for several days. That was now 4 days ago and I have had constant abdominal pain since. I have family history of endometriosis and I have been diagnosed with PCOS. Thinking about making a doctor appointment. Any suggestions because I was down for the count, dibilitated and slept the weekend away. I’m not super sexually active. Same man for over a year and we may have opportunities once to twice a week. I have never been pregnant.

    • It could be a number of things, especially with a family history of endometriosis and PCOS. You should definitely make an appointment with your doctor and describe all of your symptoms. Your doctor will then be able to run some tests to figure out what the exact cause was. Good luck, Melissa Alexander!

  17. Will having a tilted pelvis cause lingering cramps in the uterus and intestines a couple of days after your cycle ends? Usually I only feel this type of pain during my cycle and during ovulation.

    • If you are concern about your tilted pelvis, then you may want to speak with a medical professional about your specific situation. It is possible that your body is the cause for your discomfort. It is also possible that it is not. A doctor may be able to better speak to you about your questions. Best of luck, Heather!

  18. hi my first menstrual was feb 16 but in feb 19 i experience cramping in my left side, but i still in my fourth menstrual day, i am also a ligated mother in 5yrs …and i really don’t know?
    should i see my doctor if it is serious????

    • You may want to speak with a doctor. However, it is possible that you are simply experience an unusual period. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having at this time. If anything feels severe or unreasonably uncomfortable, then speak with a doctor. Best of luck, Malou!

  19. Hi okay so January 2nd i started my period & ended January 6-7 i would say me & my partner had sex on the 7th of January & everyday until 12th of January i thought i was pregnant because i was havin symptoms before my period & i took test & they all said negative & then i started my period i was supposed to start my period on the 30 of January but didnt start til the 31st later in the day it was a regular period light bleedin towards the last couple of days & its been like a week & a half & im havin pregnancy symptoms again but i havent took a test yet, could i be pregnant or should i see a doctor??

    • If you are experiencing pregnancy symptoms immediately after your period, then it is possible that you are pregnant. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the results of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Patty!

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