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.

136 COMMENTS

  1. I’ve been off my period for a couple of days. I’ve been having cramps they come and go. Everytime I get them I feel like the need to push like if I was in labor. People have told me I am constipated, but I use the restroom just fine.

    • You may want to speak with a doctor. Make an appointment at this time. In the meanwhile, continue to monitor the experiences that you are having. This will help you better answer your doctor’s questions. Best of luck, Nessa!

  2. Hi,my period started Jan 11th to Jan 14th 26 to 27 day cycle. I had unprotected sex Jan 22 to 24. February period started on the 6th light that evening around 8. And was gone on feb 9th. Today bad cramps and lower back pains and light blood in my undies. Can I be pregnant?

    • It is possible that you are pregnant. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having for additional signs of pregnancy. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period start date. Confirm the results with a medical professional. Best of luck, Nita!

  3. Hi I come on my normal period on the 8th of feb and finished on the 12th all the day on the 12 the I come off I got period pains with is not normal not for the whole day found it hard to do anything the next day today I and still have stoumch pains were I finding it hard to do anything just want to sit down I can’t b pregnant as I have just come off my period

    • Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having. If the pain becomes intense or the cramps last for another few days, then make an appointment with a medical professional. If you feel as though you need to speak with a doctor immediately, then go to an emergency room. Best of luck, Whitney!

  4. Hi I come on my normal period on the 8th of feb and finished on the 12th all the day on the 12 the I come off I got period pains with is not normal not for the whole day found it hard to do anything the next day today I and still have stoumch pains were I finding it hard to do anything just want to sit down

    • Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having. If the pain becomes intense or the cramps last for another few days, then make an appointment with a medical professional. If you feel as though you need to speak with a doctor immediately, then go to an emergency room. Best of luck, Whitney!

    • If your period lasted ten days, then you may want to speak with a medical professional. Your back and leg pain may be connected to your ten day period, or it may be associated with something else. You will want to monitor your experiences at this time so you can better answer your doctor’s questions. Best of luck, Zainab!

  5. Hi! I got my period on Thursday, January 26th and it ended Thursday, February 2nd. On February 4th my husband and i had unprotected sex. Today I woke up with cramping. Could I be pregnant? Or is this normal?

    • You may be experiencing signs of pregnancy. If something is not normal for you, then it is likely a pregnancy symptom. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional signs. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the results with a medical professional. Best of luck, Bri!

  6. Hi i finished my periods on 6 feb and on 7 feb I started cramping on right side of my lower abdomen and mild pain in my stomach also have spotting what does it mean

    • It is possible that you are having an unusual period. It is also possible that you are experiencing implantation bleeding. If it is possible that you are pregnant, then continue to monitor your experiences for signs of pregnancy. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Best of luck, Norah!

  7. Hi my period came on Jan 28 and went off on Feb 1, on the 4th of Feb I started having cramps in lower stomach (severe) every 5 seconds and lower back pains can you tell me what could it be

    • Continue to monitor your experiences. You may be having symptoms of an unusual period. You may also be experiencing signs of pregnancy. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the results with a doctor. Best of luck, Shun!

  8. Hello
    I was done with my period a week ago, and I was ok till 2 days ago I feel pain in my stomach a sever pain that goes to my back sometimes and im not on any pills or any birth control today I just had my period again, I’m freaking out is it anything serious ????

    • It is certainly possible that you are experiencing implantation bleeding. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having for additional signs of pregnancy. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Best of luck, Zeinab!

  9. Hi!! i had my period on the 27th of january and ended on the 31st. On feb 3rd and 4th i had unprotected sex (after 2 days of my period). Today 6th im experiencing abdomenal cramps. Does this mean im Pregnant? I used to take pills for over 2 years but i already stopped on February last year. And now im taking slimming capsule. Is it safe to have unprotected sex during ovulation? Thank you. have a great day.

    • You may be experiencing symptoms from your diet pill. You may be experiencing an unusual period, or you may be experiencing implantation bleeding. Continue to monitor your symptoms as you move forward. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the results with a medical professional. Best of luck, Maria!

  10. Hello

    I finished my periods on Tuesday 31st January. Then I started having abdominal cramping and back pains..I had a miscarriage on the 25th of December and d and c was done on the 27th
    .I was 6weeks along..could the miscarriage be the the cause of this cramping ?..please help

    • You may be experiencing an miscarriage, an unusual period, or signs of pregnancy. Continue to monitor the symptoms that you are experiencing. You may find that you will be best served by speaking with a medical professional. They will be able to diagnose your experiences and give you proper care. Best of luck, Bongi!

  11. I finished my period on Tuesday,on Friday I started having mild pain on my lower abdomen by the right side,is it normal if not,what could be the cause,help pls

    • You could be ovulating much, much earlier than normal, and ovulation can occasionally cause cramps. PCOS can cause extreme cramping, and appendicitis can also cause cramps on the right side. It would be a good idea to go to your doctor to make sure that it is not appendicitis or anything serious.

  12. Hello I jst finished my period on the last day of last month and today am having mild cramp below my abdomen on the right side what could be the cause,help pls

    • You may be experiencing unusual period symptoms or you may be having signs of a more serious medical condition. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having. If you become concerned because the paid becomes intense or increases in duration, then make an appointment with a medical professional. If you find that you are having signs of pregnancy, then take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Best of luck, Favour!

  13. Hello. I finished my period on Saturday and on Monday,I started having lower abdominal and lower back pain. All at the right side and i feel pains when I’m walking. Please what could be the problem

    • If it is possible that you are pregnant, then you may be experiencing signs of pregnancy. Otherwise, you may be having an unusual period or may be having symptoms of another medical concern. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having. If you want to speak with a medical professional, then do so. Best of luck, Ukeme!

  14. hi i had my period a week and 1/2 sooner then the expect date, my period lasted only about four days the regular days as usual. But now, three days after my period ended i started spotting and cramping really bad sometimes i get sharp pains. Any reason why I’m spotting and cramping badly?

    • It is possible that you experienced implantation bleeding, if you have been sexually active. You will be best served by monitoring your experiences for signs of pregnancy. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date, and confirm the results of your test with a doctor. Best of luck, Bella!

  15. Hi I just got off my period a week ago I been feeling very bloated and I am cramping like when I’m going to get my period also have a little lower back pain any clue what can be going on?

    • Continue to monitor your symptoms. If they continue or increase, then you may want to speak with a doctor. They will likely reduce in time. They may be a result of stress, so be sure to reduce stress in your life at this time. Best of luck, Mona!

  16. I ended my period as normal then a week later I started bleeding extremely heavy. Alot of clots but all normal color. I only bled for one day. But for 3 days after I’ve had extremely painful cramp like symptoms in my lower abdomen. I never get cramps or an abnormal period. Suggestions?

    • If your experiences are extremely painful, then you will want to speak with a doctor. Continue to monitor your experiences. If they become more intense or continue in duration, then make an appointment with a doctor as soon as possible. Best of luck, Delaney!

  17. Me and my fiancé have been trying for a baby, I come off the pill on the 17th Jan and started my with drawel bleed on the 21st till the 24th, we had sex a few time between then and now, yesterday and today I’ve been having really bad cramping and had a small bleed after sex, was a brownish colour, I’ve also got bloating and lost my appatite, Could this mean I’m pregnant and I’m not sure when to test as I’ve not yet started my regular periods?

    • You may be experiencing unusual symptoms due to stopping your birth control. You may be having an unusual period. You may be experiencing implantation bleeding. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having for other signs of pregnancy. Take a pregnancy test five day after your normal period date. Confirm these results with a doctor. Best of luck, Amy!

  18. Im 15 and my period has been off for a while now and my next one isnt untill like 4 weeks. Im having really bad cramps in my lower stomach and my side. I am a virgin so i dont know what could be causing this.

    • If your period has been off for a while and you are a virgin, then you may be best served by speaking with a doctor. They will be able to determine what is causing your discomfort. Continue to monitor your experiences at this time so you can better answer your doctor’s questions. Best of luck, Teetee!

  19. Hi! I had my period on the 14th and it ended the 19th. On the 2nd day of my period (the 15th) I had unprotected sex. It’s been about 2 weeks now and I have taken 3 tests which all came back negative. I have been experiencing cramps and a little nausea. Does this mean I could be pregnant still and too early or maybe because I’m ovulating?

    • You run the risk of becoming pregnant anytime that you have unprotected sex. Continue to monitor your experiences for symptoms of pregnancy. Take another pregnancy test in five days for additional information. You will be able to confirm the results of your tests with a medical professional. Best of luck, Jess!

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