4 Reasons You Have Cramps Between Periods

Last updated: July 2, 2021

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Richard Honaker M.D.
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Cramps are just something us women need to deal with. However, cramps between periods are more annoying than those monthly menstrual cycle ones. They may even be more intense than normal. Why do you get those untimely cramps? There are a number of health issues other than periods that can trigger these prolonged moments of discomfort.

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Did you know that over 90 percent of women experience a symptom or two of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)? And 20 percent of women have such horrible cramps that it will derail daily life.

What about those cramps between periods? What on earth are those all about and why do they happen? From cysts to ovarian cancer, let’s take a deeper look at what you should know when it comes to non-period cramping.

1. Those Cramps May be Endometriosis

Endometriosis happens when your uterine lining tissue is in an unfamiliar location in the pelvis. This can cause cramps and serious pain. Many women who experience endometriosis say that the pain is unbearable.

The cause of this women’s health issue is unclear and it is actually not all that common. In fact, endometriosis affects only 11 percent of women between 15 and 44 years of age. Interestingly, birth control may make symptoms better.

2. Uterine Fibroids Cause Period Like Cramping

Uterine Fibroids are benign muscle growths on the uterus that can cause pain, cramps, painful intercourse, and more. About 25 percent of women experience uterine fibroid symptoms. However, this women’s health issue may be more common, since many women don’t experience symptoms to report. Surgery and other medical treatments may be needed to alleviate the pain and cramps.

3. Do I Have Ovarian Cysts?

Ovarian cysts are pockets of fluid that can be found in the ovary. This women’s health issue that causes cramps between periods is actual quite common. In fact, most women will have an ovarian cyst monthly. However, only about 7 percent of women will have large, painful ovarian cysts that require medical treatment. Most will simply go away on their own accord.

4. Warning Sign of Ovarian Cancer

Did you know that around 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer per year? It is also the fifth deadliest form of cancer for women. Not so common, ovarian cancer is still very dangerous to your health and wellness. Ovarian cancer symptoms include, cramps, irregular vaginal bleeding, pain, and bloating. Surgery is the treatment in most cases and early detection is vital.

Do you have questions about your cramps between periods? Is your menstrual cycle normal for you, or is something else odd happening? Getting the answers you need and deserve is crucial to your health and wellness.

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Disclaimer: This article provides general information and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or medical condition. If you require specific advice, please consult one of our medical professionals through the app. However, in case of an emergency, please call 911.

About Richard Honaker M.D.

Dr. Richard Honaker has over 40 years of experience as a primary care physician specializing in several different areas of medicine. He is able to provide expert case review and analysis for insurance and workers compensation cases as well as providing online medical consultations as the Chief Medical Advisor for Your Doctors Online.

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