Cramps are usually associated with menstruation. But there are other causes that can lead to cramps and these are endometriosis, ovulation, pregnancy, stress or appendicitis.
You may be a little concerned when you’re experiencing cramps, but you’re not on your period. So, we will explain why you feel those cramps that aren’t caused by menstruation.
Specialists found out that there’s a connection between abdominal pain and stress. The nervous system is affected by stress so that it can cause pain in the abdominal region.
There are some natural remedies that can make you more relaxed and can ease the pain created by cramps: valerian, lavender, chamomile, and ginger. Also, essential oils are indicated if you want to be calmer.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
This disease can cause abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, constipation or diarrhea. If you suffer from IBS and want to reduce some of these symptoms, you can make some changes in your diet and control your stress levels.
Another cause for experiencing cramps without menstruation can be interstitial cystitis. This condition can provoke severe or mild cramps. Usually, it’s generated by sitting for a long time, sexual intercourse, stress or menstruation.
To ease the pain caused by interstitial cystitis, you shouldn’t eat or drink foods that contain high levels of vitamin C, citrus products, caffeine or carbonated drinks.
Early Sign of Pregnancy
Abdominal cramps represent signs of early pregnancy. Cramping is caused by the attaching of the fertilized egg to the wall of the uterus. If you’re pregnant, you may have a white discharge or a small bleeding (but no menstruation). If you want to be sure that you’re pregnant, go to a doctor or take a pregnancy test.
Because ovulation happens 12-16 days before your menstruation, you may experience some abdominal pain related to this process. If you want to ease the pain provoked by ovulation cramps, put a heat pack on the places you feel discomfort. If you experience severe cramps, it’s better to stay in bed.
Ovarian cysts are frequent, but in many cases, there is no need for a medical intervention because they disappear by themselves. Ovarian cysts cause cramps with no menstruation, and a ruptured ovarian cyst can provoke intense pain in the abdomen.
You should consult a doctor if you think you have an ovarian cyst.
If you feel pain in the lower part of your abdomen and no menstruation, you may have endometriosis because cramps are some of their common symptoms. If you want to ease your pain caused by this condition, you can take omega-3 supplements or put a heat pack where you feel the pain.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
This is another condition that provokes cramping without menstruation. Also, it may generate pain in the pelvic region or lower back.
It’s indicated to take a warm bath in order to relax the pelvic muscles and relieve the pain.
If your cramps don’t go away, you need to consult your doctor.