If there is one date that almost all women dread, it is the day their periods begin. The cramping, the bleeding, the mood swings – periods can spell trouble for many women. But sometimes, things don’t go according to plan.
Sometimes, you may cramp for days without any period in sight! So, what is the issue? What’s keeping your period away? Late periods can be a cause for real concern for several reasons. Of course, the most obvious cause is pregnancy.
So are you pregnant? Is that the cause for your cramping? It well may be!
Cramping is often a very early sign of pregnancy. Many times, this cramping is accompanied by slight bleeding. No, this is not your period. Rather, it is implantation bleeding. You can experience implantation bleeding 6-12 days after fertilization.
What Is The Difference Between Pregnancy Cramping And Menstrual Cramping?
Although pregnancy cramping may feel like period cramps, there are some differences between the two.
The cramping you experience during pregnancy is comparatively milder. Many women also experience cramping all through their pregnancy. Called round ligament pain, you can blame your expanding uterus for this kind of cramping. Round ligament pains are more of a dull ache, which can turn into a shooting pain when you walk.
Pregnancy cramping is, in most cases, part of a bouquet of other pregnancy symptoms, including:
- Tender breasts
- Frequent urination
- Mood swings
- Increased appetite
[ Read: Signs And Symptoms Of Pregnancy ]
Treating And Managing Pregnancy Cramping:
In most cases, pregnancy cramping is not something to worry about. But yes, it can be uncomfortable!
Here are some ways to treat and manage your pregnancy cramping:
If the cramps are too uncomfortable, you can take painkillers. But make sure to ask for pregnancy-safe pain relief medications from your doctor.
2. Hot Compresses:
Warmth can do wonders when it comes to pain management. Get a hot water bottle and place it on your achy abdomen.
3. Warm Bath:
A warm bath is the stuff of fairytales! So, take a long, warm bath to get relief from pregnancy cramping. But do make sure that the water is not too hot.
Though the sound of exercising may scare you right now, remember that moving your body is a ‘good thing’ during pregnancy and can also provide relief from cramps. Try walking or swimming – the perfect pregnancy exercises!
5. Get A Massage:
Now will be the perfect time to get your partner on board! Ask him to give you a lower back massage!
When To See The Doctor:
As mentioned before, most cases of pregnancy cramping are mild and harmless. But in some rare cases, cramping may be an indicator of something more serious.
See your doctor if the cramping is accompanied by:
- Heavy bleeding or blood clots
- Pain that becomes increasingly worse
If you are experiencing these symptoms, you may need medical attention as they can indicate a miscarriage.
[ Read: Pregnancy Symptoms Before Missed Period ]
Other Causes Of Cramping Without Periods:
If your periods are late and you are cramping, do a home pregnancy test. If it comes back negative, other factors may be at work!
Some of the other causes of cramping without periods include:
1. A Late Period:
Your period may just be late! Sometimes, a woman may experience a late ovulation. So, the time you are expecting your period may well be the time your body decides to ovulate, causing cramping. You can expect your period about two weeks after ovulation. If your periods are normally irregular, it is possible that your body is just adjusting to its new schedule. Or you may have simply miscalculated your period date!
Have you been under stress recently? That well may be the reason behind the cramping you are experiencing. Stress can throw your body out of gear and even cause delayed periods (1).
3. Heavy Exercising:
Heavy workout too can cause cramping and delayed periods (2).
Women with endometriosis too can experience cramping with no sign of period. Women with this disease may have to deal with mild to severe cramping as much as two weeks before their periods (3)!
Another possible cause for cramping without periods can be Perimenopause (4). You think you are too young for menopause? Well, women can start the journey towards menopause as early as 35 years! Perimenopause does not mean an immediate cessation of your menstrual cycle. That can take as much as ten more years!
6. Ovarian Cysts:
If you have ovarian cysts, you may experience cramping without periods too (5).
7. Ovarian Cancer:
In some rare cases, an ovarian tumor may be the reason behind cramping and no periods (6).
8. Autoimmune Oophoritis:
Some women suffer from a particular autoimmune disorder, which causes the body to attack its own cells. Autoimmune Oophoritis can lead to premature ovarian failure and can also cause cramping without periods (7).
9. Eating Disorders:
If you suffer from an eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia, you can experience cramping without any sign of periods (8).
One of the major causes for delayed periods is obesity (9). If you are obese, you may experience period like cramping too.
A missed period can be a source of joy for some women. But for others, it can be a time of dread! If you are experiencing period like cramps with no period in sight, head to a drugstore and buy a home pregnancy test.
If you are pregnant, congratulations! But if your test comes back negative, it may be time to book a doctor’s appointment!
Have you ever experienced cramping without periods? What was the cause? Share with us!