It can be alarming for a woman who is expecting her period and has cramps but has not yet gotten her monthly cycle. Anytime we experience pain within the body, without seemingly good cause, it creates concern that something might be wrong. Before you advance to acute worry, you should be aware that many women ask why do I have cramps but no period, and that there are various reasons for these symptoms.
One particular reason for cramps being present without a period is the start of a woman’s ovulation cycle. This process, which prepares the body to release eggs whose primary goal are to be fertilized will often cause some cramping which is often localized to one side of the woman’s body, in the lower abdominal region.
When a woman ovulates will most likely differ from other women, but science shows that ovulation generally starts about 14 days after the first day of the woman’s last period. For some women ovulation will happen a few days before that time or a few days past the two week mark. Ovulation is also dependent upon what the female’s period cycle is.
Another typical cause for cramping but not having a period is that your period is just a couple days late and is about to rear its head. While some women have predictable cycles that run 28 days, others have cycles that vary greatly. Some cycles will be normal for a period of time and then without notice can range from 25 to 35 days in between cycles. It is not uncommon that a few days before a period comes and at the start of the period that women will have cramps because this is when the uterus lining is being shed and is the cause of cramping. If you are only a day or two late, do not yet be concerned; wait a couple of days and see if your period comes.
Pregnancy is another common reason for cramping but not having a period. When an egg is fertilized, the uterus immediately begins to prepare to host the fetus and this can cause mild to severe cramping. Because the muscles contract and allow the uterus to expand to make room for the baby, it is common to feel some discomfort even in the early stages of pregnancy. If you believe that you are pregnant you can take a home pregnancy test as of the first day of your missed period or visit your doctor who will perform a blood test, which is the best method for detecting pregnancy.
There are however some medical explanations that also can be the causation of cramping without a period such as Premature Ovarian Failure, ovarian cancer and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. These medical conditions are dangerous and thus if you suspect after ruling out other causes that you may have one of them you should visit your physician to rule out these possibilities.
Finally, normal stress, weight changes, medications one takes and eating habits can all effect our menstrual cycle as well as how our body experiences pain. Some medications both over the counter and prescription can cause cramping and can delay even the most regular period cycles. Gaining or losing a large amount of weight in a short time can greatly affect cycles as well and it is possible that you still may experience common symptoms such as cramping, but still not have your period. The onset of menopause is also a common reason women experience cramps but no period.
Each of these things has the capacity to delay a menstrual cycle.
Author: Uka TumurThis author has published 11 articles so far.