Cramps but No Period: Causes and Symptoms

cramps but no period

Main causes of cramps but no period.

Many females get pelvic pain, but it’s not periods to be blamed always. There are many reasons like cysts, constipation, or pregnancy. In these cases you will feel like your monthly period is about to come. These cramps but no period can be caused by something simple or any serious. Let’s have a look at some common reasons for cramping with no period. 

An inflammatory bowel disease 

In this situation, you will face chronic swelling and irritation in different parts of your digestive tract. When something goes haywire into the immune system then this is caused. It is different from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) 

What the cramps feel like 

Depending upon the type of IBD you will feel different cramps. With Crohn’s, you will get cramps and pain in the lower and middle parts of your belly. It can be mild as well as severe.

With ulcerative colitis, you will feel cramps on the lower side of your stomach. 

Some other symptoms: which one you have depended on the specific type of IBD  

1. Diarrhea, constipation 

2. Urgent need to pass a bowel movement 

3. Blood in poop

4. Having the feeling that your bowels are not empty after you go.

5. Weight loss 

6. Fatigue 

7. Fever

Ovulation: What is this? 

If you haven’t gone through menopause and still have your ovaries, you may get cramps 10-14 days before your period.

In this situation, your ovaries release an egg to ready your body for a possible pregnancy. 

This harmless discomfort is called “mittelschmerz”, it means middle pain.

What the cramps feel like? 

This cramp occurs on one side of the lower belly. It remains for few minutes to few hours. It can be sharp or dull. The pain will be on that side whose ovary releases the egg. 

Ruptured ovarian cyst: what is this?

 A sack of fluid is called a cyst. Sometimes they formed on the ovaries. 

Follicular cysts 

They break open and release an egg and then dissolve in your body. Most of the cysts are harmless, but if they grow larger then they could bursts.

What these cramps feel like?

Ruptured cysts don’t cause pain in many cases but it does, these cramps occur on either side of your lower stomach. The exact location depends on which ovary had the cyst.

Pregnancy pain: What is this?

Pregnancy pain is the sign of the progress of a pregnancy. The growing baby is attached to the lining of the womb and cause pain called implantation pain.

What their cramps feel like? 

You will feel slight cramps about 4 weeks into your pregnancy. You will also feel queasy about the 5th or 6th week.

Ectopic pregnancy: What is this? 

It is a condition of pregnancy in which your baby grows somewhere else than your womb. Mostly it occurs in one of your two fallopian tubes. It is dangerous and life-threatening for the mothers and can’t result in a live birth. 

What the cramps feel like? 

It causes mild cramps that are followed by sudden, sharp stabbing pain on one side of your belly. Due to severity, pain can move towards the shoulder and lower back.


Before cramps, you may feel nausea, sore breasts. These symptoms are not common in all women. 

Miscarriage: What is this?

It can be defined as the loss of a baby before the 20th week of pregnancy.

What the cramps feel like?

They start like period pain and then get severe. 


Vaginal bleeding or spotting 

Some females have the above symptoms but they don’t miscarry so if you have symptoms like that you should always call the doctor.

Endometriosis: What is this? 

It is a chronic condition resulting in the growth of tissues similar to the womb on other organs. 

What the cramps feel like? 

Similar to the regular period of pain, but they can happen at any time of the month. They usually occur in the lower back and stomach below your belly button. 

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID): What is this? 

It is a bacterial infection spread by sex. The parts that are helpful conceiving are damaged and affected. These parts include your fallopian tubes, ovaries, womb, vagina, and cervix. 

What the cramps feel like? 

It can happen any time of the month and cause cramps on both sides of your lower belly and back.


Abnormal vaginal discharge 


Pain during sex or pee. 


Nausea and vomiting 

Pelvic-floor muscle dysfunction: What is this?

Severe spasms occur in the muscles that will support your bladder, womb, vagina, and rectum. It is caused due to trauma or injury, like car accidents. 

What the cramps feel like? 

They are severe and occur suddenly like the leg cramps in your lower belly. It can also extend towards your joint and back. 


Pain during sex or period 

Burning feelings in the vagina 

Burning feelings when you pee

You should see the doctor and have a urine test to remove the bladder infection. If you have infection bacteria will be seen in the urine. 

Interstitial cystitis: What is this? 

It is also called painful bladder syndrome and it affects your bladder. It causes cramps but no period.

What the cramps feel like? 

These cramps with no period occur in the pelvic area and your genitals. It also becomes severe if your bladder gets full. 


 You will have a feeling that you should pee a lot.

 Sex may also hurt.

Irritable bowel syndrome: What is this?

This disorder causes stomach pain and bloating with diarrhea, constipation, or sometimes both. It causes cramps but no period. 

What the cramp feels like?

They occur suddenly and in your belly. It usually goes away when you poop. But it can be severe in periods.


You will feel pressure and unable to empty the bowels. 

Mucous in your poop.

Appendicitis: What is this?

It is the irritation and swelling of appendicitis that is a pouch at the end of the large intestine. It causes cramps but no period.

What the cramps feel like?

Pain occurs around your belly button. Then, gradually it became severe and move to the lower side of the stomach.



Feel sick in the stomach

It should be immediately treated, a burst appendicitis can belief threatening.


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