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for the duration of menstration, is it regular to have cramps other than in the uterus region?

February 11th, 2013

Question by draecoiram: in the course of menstration, is it typical to have cramps other than in the uterus spot?

for example, (sorry, kinda gross!) i always get crampy bowels & get diarrhea, and my abs & back tend to cramp up occassionally. does this take place to any person else? is it standard, or does it level to some thing like endometriosis?

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Answer by kasey06
It is regular. It happens to me too. I think it occurs to most women. I wouldn’t be concerned about it. I guess its just yet another joy of becoming a females 🙂

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  1. balbossa
    February 11th, 2013 at 11:58 | #1

    Well normally cramps are felt just in the first day, maybe two. Having severe cramps lasting more than that or in areas other then lower abdomen (uterus area) need to be checked out. It can be endometriosis but not necessarily.

  2. rebelluver
    February 11th, 2013 at 12:32 | #2

    probably just another crappy thing about having periods.. i wouldn’t get TOO stressed about it until it starts becoming an issue

  3. blaze23
    February 11th, 2013 at 13:18 | #3

    Normal, but yes if it is severe it could indicate endometriosis as well. Check with your GYN on your next appointment.

  4. studentPhysTher
    February 11th, 2013 at 13:48 | #4

    yes, this is normal. we all experience pain in different areas. i happened to experience pain in the same areas as you, but my back was by far the worst. in college i had to take time off from classes and would become nauseated from the pain. my sister actually experienced severe flu-like symptoms and fainting. Birth control helped us both a lot, but if you aren’t sexually active or if your symptoms aren’t severe enough, the doctor won’t write a prescription. i have found that midol really helps! if seeing a doctor will make you feel better don’t be afraid to go. hope this helps!

  5. skoo587
    February 11th, 2013 at 13:52 | #5

    I think what you are describing is completely normal. I have the same symptoms as you sometimes and I believe it is just your body’s natural way of reacting. You can cramp up anywhere as your body is taking in and processing a lot of hormones and is going through a lot of stress. It’s completely normal, no need to be worried 🙂

  6. ElBee
    February 11th, 2013 at 14:17 | #6

    yeah its totally normal. I get them in my lower back and stomach… many of my friend’s boobs start hurting or gettting soar. every girl is different

  7. spiralia8
    February 11th, 2013 at 15:09 | #7

    I’ve had cramps so bad before that it hurt all the way down to my knees. I’ve had cramps so bad that I’ve thrown up. It used to screw up my digestive track as well. It used to be so bad that I couldn’t function on the smallest level without writhing in pain. I do not have endometriosis but that doesn’t mean that you don’t. I’m just trying to tell you that horrible cramps doesn’t mean that you DO have it. What helped me alot was going on a birth control pill. It totally cured those horrible cramps. Now they are COMPLETELY managable. No problem. Of course to get them you need to see a doctor who would be able to test you for endometrisis too. Good luck.

  8. xXxlost.in.thoughtxXx
    February 11th, 2013 at 15:22 | #8

    It is normal, I sometimes get like that.

  9. Junebug
    February 11th, 2013 at 15:43 | #9

    It is normal. Everyone is different, some women have much more pain during menstration than others, it’s like child birth, my friend was in labor for three hours, I was in labor for three days. Some women even have back pain that travels down their legs. Is endometriosis in your family? If you are concerned, discuss this with your doctor, but all of your symptoms are normal. You should also talk to your doctor about birth control. It will really help with your symptoms.

  10. concerned
    February 11th, 2013 at 16:01 | #10

    Oh yes honey. That is perfectly normal. While all women’s periods are different….. diarrhea is sometimes caused from the contractions your uterus is having. This presses on your bowels and will cause that and back pain. Now, if you have excessively heavy periods or prolonged periods then you might want to go to the gyn. Don’t let them say to you… “lets try this”. Demand they run tests to find out what is wrong. I had 10 day long periods and they were so heavy that I had to wear 2 overnight pads and a tampon and change every 15 minutes. For 10 yrs I had drs telling me it might this or that and they would try this or that…. (didnt’ help) Then I found a dr that said “Lets find out why?” and he did. He fixed the problem and I have never been happier.

  11. Endo
    February 11th, 2013 at 16:22 | #11

    Almost all menstruating women experience cramping and symptoms during their periods, referred to as either primary dysmenorrhea, which refers to “normal” menstrual pain, or secondary dysmenorrhea, which arises as a result of an underlying disease or disorder.

    The condition is among the leading complaint in women who present to their physicians for gynecologic pain. More than half of all menstruating women have pain associated with menses, and studies have shown that dysmenorrhea is one of the most common reasons women miss work and/or school. Nearly 10% of women with the condition are incapacitated for up to three days each month. “Normal” menstrual cramps occur in almost all women due to the release of hormones known as prostaglandins. These are hormones produced by the endometrium (the lining of the uterus), which cause the uterus to contract, sometimes quite painfully, in order to expel the menstrual debris. Some women produce higher levels of prostaglandins than others, so they may hurt more. Increased prostaglandin production can also cause the distressing gastrointestinal symptoms some women may experience.

    Pain with primary dysmenorrhea usually begins on or about the first day of a woman’s period and can last up to 72 hours. In a woman with secondary dysmenorrhea, she may have painful symptoms occurring a week or more prior to her period and lasting even after her flow has stopped. In the case of a woman who has secondary dysmenorrhea, there are other reasons for her pain, including diseases or conditions like Endometriosis, Adenomyosis, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, cervical stenosis, structural abnormalities in the vagina or uterus itself, fibroids, or similar concern.

    The misguided notion that women have to suffer from menses pain whether “normal” or as a result of Endometriosis, etc. simply because it is their lot in life is disturbing. There is zero need in today’s medical environment to suffer. There are treatments that can provide symptomatic relief, be they from the alternative medicine genre or the more traditional oral contraceptive regimens, etc. etc. NO ONE has to experience debilitating pain and symptoms simply because it’s “normal” for a woman to do so.

    Symptoms of Endometriosis include, but are not limited to, the following:

    chronic or intermittent pelvic pain
    “killer cramps” (they are *not* normal!)
    infertility/miscarriage/ectopic pregnancy
    dyspareunia (pain associated with intercourse)
    backache or radiating leg pain with menses
    GI tract symptoms including nausea, vomiting, constipation, painful bowel movements, blood in stool, rectal bleeding, sharp gas pains, bloating and tailbone pain
    blood in the urine, tenderness around the kidneys, painful or burning urination, flank pain radiating toward the groin, and/or urinary frequency, retention, or urgency, and hypertension
    Fatigue, chronic pain, allergies and other immune system-related problems (common in women and girls with Endo)

    The only way to tell for sure if you have Endo is surgery. However, discussing the possibility with your gyn can help get you on the road to determining whether your pain and symptoms warrant further investigation or if they can be treated outright; or if you should pursue diagnosis and removal of any Endometriosis that might be present.

    Here are some helpful links:


    Good luck and feel better.

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