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Continued cramping mid-cycle

By Anonymous February 28, 2015 - 3:34pm
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I'm 37, and have a fairly regular cycle...every few months it might shift by a day or two, but then hold steady again for months. I don't have any history of cramping around ovulation, but this month I got cramps starting a day or two before when I "should have" ovulated. (I know ovulation can shift around a bit) I'm now seven days into this cramping, and I'm not sure what to make of it. It's mostly on the left side, low inside by my hip, but I've gotten twinges on the right and in the center as well. No constipation, pain during urination, fever, etc. The pain is mostly like a dull period cramp, combined with a heaviness/fullness, and periodic pinching or shooting pains (these are not debilitating at all). Should I be concerned, or is this a normal thing that just hasn't happened to me before? Also, we're not trying to conceive but did have unprotected sex five or six days prior to this starting. Thanks so much!

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Hello and thank you for sharing your question,

It is not unusual to have cramping throughout your entire period (7 days).  However, if the cramping continues for longer than 7 days there could be something else going on.  I suggest that you take a pregnancy.

If you are not pregnant and the negative symptoms persist even after your period ends, you should see a doctor.  There could be something more serious going on than hormonal imbalances.

For now, you can take pain medications for the cramps if you wish.


March 1, 2015 - 8:39am
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Anonymous (reply to fchacon)

Thanks for responding. I should clarify, I'm not currently on my period. It isn't Due for another 9-10 days. The seven days I've been cramping started a day or so before I expected to ovulate, and continued past that longer than I would have expected. I've not experienced this before; I've only cramped in the day or two prior to my period, and sometimes during my period.

March 1, 2015 - 9:33am
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

I understand better now.  Yes, cramping that is not during or around your period is sign something serious could be going on.  I suggest that you see a doctor right away.


March 2, 2015 - 3:41am
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