The pain of menstruation can be felt in the lower abdomen, but can also spread to the back and thighs. Menstrual cramps are a common malaise. Some studies suggest that about 75 percent of young women and 25-50 percent of adult women feel pain or discomfort during the period. Up to 20 percent of women feel such severe pain that they cannot perform their daily activities.
Most menstrual cramps are the result of side effects of the natural process of menstruation. However, in some cases, pain and cramps may be caused by an underlying disease. Generally, menstrual cramps can be treated at home. However, if the pains are strong, you may need to consult your family doctor.
But there are cramps that have nothing to do with periods whatsoever. Here, we’ll see causes of cramping but no periods.
Almost no other symptoms have as many possible causes such as abdominal pain and cramping. Most often, it is just something harmless like upset stomach. Other common causes of abdominal pain are irritable bowel infections or food intolerance. However, abdominal pain may be an indicator of more serious diseases such as cancer of the digestive system.
In most cases, the true cause of abdominal pain is localized in organs in the abdomen and the intestine, although sometimes, the pain comes from other organs located near the abdomen, for example, the heart.
Sometimes the abdominal pain is located around the area of the affected organ. A pain in the upper right abdomen indicates, for example, gallbladder disease, while if the pain is in the lower right, it can be treated for appendicitis.
Here are 12 examples of the many possible causes of Cramping but No Period
- Poor diet (high fat, unbalanced etc.)
- Stress, psychological problems
- Intestinal infections
- Allergy and food intolerance (Example – lactose intolerance, fructose intolerance or celiac disease)
- Food poisoning (Example – fish poisoning or mushroom poisoning)
- Inflammation of the gastric mucosa (gastritis)
- Gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer
- Gastroesophageal reflux. (inflammation of the esophagus)
- Chronic inflammation of the intestine (example – Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis)
- Parasitic infections (for example, taenia solium)
Some other causes of cramps other than periods include:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Intestinal polyps
- Acute gastroenteritis.
- Traveler’s diarrhea
- Cancer (e.g., small or large intestine, stomach, pancreas or liver cancer)
- Inflammation or infection of the pancreas (pancreatitis)
- Gallstones (cholelithiasis) and inflammation of the gallbladder or bile ducts
- Inflammation of the liver (hepatitis)
- Abdominal trauma (rupture or laceration of the liver or spleen)
- Hernias (e.g., inguinal hernia, hiatal hernia)
- Intestinal obstruction
- Intestinal perforation (especially stomach and duodenum)
- Inflammation of the peritoneum (peritonitis)
- Aortic Aneurysm
- Abdominal angina (for lack of blood supply)
- Kidney stones or bladder
- Urinary tract infection
- Menstrual pains (dysmenorrhea)
- Inflammation of the fallopian tubes, ovaries, and uterus (endometriosis)
- Inflammation of the seminal vesicle
- Testicular torsion
- Myocardial infarction (particularly inferior infarction)
These are some of the causes of cramping that can be seen even when there’s no period. In such cases, a doctor should be immediately consulted without delay!