While not desirable, most women anticipate some cramping prior to their period. However, most women do not anticipate having cramps after their period.
Cramping after your period may indicate that something else is wrong with your reproductive system. It is critical to learn more about the pain pattern.
Dr. Guan says endometriosis is the most common cause of post-period cramps, affecting 2-10% of childbearing-age American women.
Endometriosis is characterized by the presence of endometrial-like tissue (tissue that lines the uterus) outside of the uterus. Endometriosis is characterized by severe cramping.
Doctors say fibroids—tumors made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue—can cause cramps after your period.
After age 35, fibroids become more common in adolescents. She says fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that cause irregular menstrual bleeding and pelvic pain.
Post-period cramps may indicate a pelvic floor issue. Some women experience period pain from pelvic floor myofascial pain.
It is possible, but unlikely, that post-period cramps are an indication of (very early) pregnancy. It is likely associated with a miscarriage or subchorionic hemorrhage.
Doctors recommend seeing a doctor if you get cramps after your period. To prevent disease progression and provide relief, act quickly.
In conclusion, cramping after your period is not common. An appointment with your doctor can help you pinpoint the source of your discomfort.