If you feel cramps even after menstruation, it could be due to some health conditions like endometriosis, uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts. Many women experience abdominal cramps before or during their menstrual cycle, but it is also possible to have cramps after menstruation. Painful cramps after menstruation are known as secondary dysmenorrhea. This is more common during adulthood. These cramps are usually not serious. But keep an eye on it, especially if this is happening for a long time. Post Menstrual cramps may be a symptom of an underlying condition.

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  1. What Do Cramps Feel Like?
  2. What Causes Cramps?
  3. How Are Cramps Treated?
  4. Summary

Cramps after menstruation are usually felt in the lower abdomen and back. There may also be pain in the hips and thighs. Cramping and pain may be accompanied by nausea and dizziness. Stomach bloating, constipation or diarrhea may also be experienced. The pain may be more severe and may last longer than normal menstrual cramps. Cramping may also start early in your menstrual cycle rather than just before your next period.

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Sometimes cramps after menstruation are not serious. But if you have persistent pain due to cramps that continues even after your menstrual cycle, it could be a sign that you have another problem. Here are the possible causes of cramps after menstruation:

Endometriosis is a condition that occurs when cells similar to the lining of the uterus begin to grow outside the uterus. This can cause painful cramps before, during, and after your menstruation. Cramping may also be accompanied by swelling and pelvic pain. The pain can be severe and may occur during or after sex or during bowel movements or urination. This pain can be felt in the lower back. Symptoms of endometriosis include:

Endometriosis can be treated with medication, hormone therapy, or surgery.

Adenomyosis is a condition caused by abnormal tissue growth. Instead of forming into the lining of the uterus, the tissue grows into the muscular wall of the uterus. Symptoms include:

Adenomyosis can be treated with medications. In severe cases, it may be treated with hysterectomy.

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Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is caused by a bacterial infection in the female reproductive organs. These bacteria can spread from the vagina to the uterus, ovaries, or fallopian tubes. PID has no symptoms or only mild symptoms. Symptoms may include:

PID can be treated with antibiotics. Since PID is often caused by a sexually transmitted infection (STI), the STI must be treated.

Uterine Fibroids
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors that form on or inside the uterus. Women with fibroids often do not have any early symptoms. Symptoms of uterine fibroids are affected by the location, size, and number of fibroids. Symptoms include -

Back Pain Or Leg Pain

Fibroids can be treated with medication, medical procedures, or surgery.

Ovarian Cyst
Cysts that form inside the ovaries can also cause bleeding and cramps after menstruation. Most ovarian cysts heal naturally without any treatment. However, larger cysts may cause lower abdominal pain. This may also make your stomach feel full, heavy or bloated. Ovarian cysts can be treated with medicine or surgery.

Cervical Stenosis
Cervical stenosis occurs when the opening of the cervix is small or narrow. This stops menstrual flow and can cause painful pressure in the uterus. Cervical stenosis can be treated with medicine or surgery.

Ectopic Pregnancy
Ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg attaches outside the uterus. Symptoms of ectopic pregnancy may start like a normal pregnancy. The following symptoms may develop:

  • Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
  • Severe Sharp Pain In The Lower Abdomen Or Pelvic Area
  • Twitch
  • Shoulder Pain

If the fallopian tube bursts, there will be heavy bleeding. This may be followed by dizziness, fainting and shock. If you are seeing such symptoms then definitely talk to your doctor. Ectopic pregnancy can be treated with medicine or surgery but can be serious in some cases.

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There are many ways to get relief from cramps. Some measures include:

  • Don't Stress
  • Eat A Good, Healthy And Balanced Diet
  • Drink Plenty Of Water
  • Avoid Alcohol, Caffeine And Tobacco
  • Do Not Eat Fatty And Salty Foods
  • Do Exercise So That Blood Circulation Can Increase.

Pain can also be reduced by taking over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The doctor may also give you oral contraceptive medicines. Massage or acupuncture may also help. You can work around this by getting plenty of rest and sleep, using a heating pad, or a hot water bottle.

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A balanced diet, plenty of exercise, and self-care techniques to reduce stress can help with your post-menstrual cramps. Talk to your doctor about treatment. You can also discuss the symptoms you want treated.

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