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Cramps Some Days After Period. Unfavorable Symptom

Most often cramping abdominal pain, which is observed a few days after the period, is being caused either by infections or endometriosis. In the first case the inflammatory process can be located both in the vagina and higher, for example, in uterine tubes or ovaries. In the second case painful sensations can go in line with bleeding between periods, dyspareunea and infertility. Only after thorough examination the doctor can make an accurate diagnosis and prescribe relevant treatment.

A number of women in fertile age (appropriate for conception) suffer from painful periods and the so-called premenstrual syndrome. These sensations are determined with increased vulnerability of the organism to fluctuation of level of certain hormones, which is typical to menstruation and the period following it. The situation is absolutely different with dragging pain, which is experienced a few days after periods. Such a symptom can be indicative to the existence of inflammatory or nonmalignant processes in the reproductive system.

Most often cramping abdominal pain, which is observed a few days after the period, is being caused either by infections or endometriosis. In the first case the inflammatory process can be located both in the vagina and higher, for example, in uterine tubes or ovaries. In the second case painful sensations can go in line with bleeding between periods, dyspareunea and infertility. Only after thorough examination the doctor can make an accurate diagnosis and prescribe relevant treatment.

A number of women in fertile age (appropriate for conception) suffer from painful periods and the so-called premenstrual syndrome. These sensations are determined with increased vulnerability of the organism to fluctuation of level of certain hormones, which is typical to menstruation and the period following it. The situation is absolutely different with dragging pain, which is experienced a few days after periods. Such a symptom can be indicative to the existence of inflammatory or nonmalignant processes in the reproductive system.

Infection – number one cause of postmenstrual cramps

On one hand symptoms of any infectious diseases, be it candidiasis or trichomoniasis, intensify after the periods due to transient growth of pH level in the vagina. In other words, due to weak estrogen influence over the postmenstrual discharge, its consistency tends to become alkaline, rather than acid. This is simply “a happy hunting ground” for pathological microflora. The amount of foamy (trichomoniasis) or curdy (candidiasis) discharge which are also marked by bad smell, grows, while itching, burning and pain become more intense.

The second significant factor, causing cramping pain after periods is inflammation of adnexa. For example, salpingitis (affection of uterine tubes) among other things, involves aggravation of clinical setting after periods. Other symptoms of this disease include:

  • One or two-sided pain in the lower pelvis;
  • Metrorrhagia (uterine bleeding unrelated to the cycle);
  • Mucous putrid discharge from the vagina and the cervical canal;
  • Rise of body temperature up to 38° and higher;
  • Dysuria (painful and frequent urination).

The combination of more than 2 of these symptoms, plus swelling and increased vulnerability of adnexa observed during gynecological examination, as well as inflammatory changes, revealed in the blood test, confirm the diagnosis of salpingitis. Dragging pain a few days after periods can also be caused by the affection of other organs of the genital tract (such as ovaries – oaritis).

Cramps after periods and endometriosis

Endometriosis is among the most common causes of postmenstrual cramps. This is a nonmalignant disease, which is characterized by the existence of hormone-dependent tissue of the endometrial lining (actually the mucous lining and its glands) out of the uterine cavity. “The roaming tissue” can adhere and proliferate anywhere in the organism, but it is most often localized in ovaries and the abdominal membrane.

Critical signs of endometriosis include:

  • Cyclic, one or two-sided abdominal pelvic pain, before and after periods caused by oedema of tissues and their filling with water;
  • Painful periods;
  • Pain during intercourse (dyspareunea);
  • Anomalous uterine bleeding;
  • Infertility.

The presence and severity of this or that symptom depends on the stage and location of endometriosis.

Thus, reoccurring cramping pain a few days after period in combination with any of the above mentioned symptoms, and even independently, should be examined in a clinic. To do this, as well as to select the most adequate method of pain management, it is required to consult a doctor.

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