Abdominal cramps after a period has ended can be a sign of endometriosis, according to WebMD. Caused by uterine tissue growing outside of the uterus, endometriosis can cause cramping before and after periods as well as after urination, sexual intercourse or after bowel movements. Other causes for cramping after a period include fibroids, pelvic inflammatory disease and certain sexually transmitted infections, according to MedlinePlus.Know More
Some types of intrauterine devices, such as those made with copper, can also cause abnormal cramping after the period has ended, according to MedlinePlus. If this is the cause, a doctor may recommend removing the IUD or switching to a hormonal IUD that minimizes the chance of side effects.
It is important to contact a doctor for any pain that continues after a period has ended for evaluation, according to MedlinePlus. During an appointment a doctor may perform a pelvic evaluation, vaginal culture, laparoscopy, CBC blood count and an ultrasound to determine the cause of the pain. In some cases, such as endometriosis and fibroids, surgery may be required to remove the tissue that is causing the pain. If the cause for cramping is a sexually transmitted infection, the doctor prescribes medication to treat the infection.Learn more about Menstruation
Spotting, or breakthrough bleeding, in between periods is common, and many women experience it at some point in their lives, according to WebMD. Some light bleeding in between periods is usually not serious, though unusual amounts of bleeding at an atypical time during the menstrual cycle can indicate a medical problem, particularly if a woman might be pregnant. Any significant bleeding during pregnancy can signal a serious problem.Full Answer >
Black period blood is usually just a sign that old blood is leaving the uterus toward the end of a woman's menstrual cycle, according to WebMD. It is likely not a cause for concern but can indicate in some cases that a woman has an enlarged uterus or menstrual obstruction.Full Answer >
Spotting sometimes occur when women ovulate, which occurs in the middle of the cycle, or roughly 2 weeks after a period, according to WebMD. Other causes of mid-cycle bleeding include stress, infections, miscarriage, birth control pills and uterine fibroids or polyps, notes Northside Hospital.Full Answer >
Light bleeding before a period can occur for a number of reasons, such as ovulation, hormone imbalances and medications a women is taking, according to WebMD. Many women experience light bleeding between periods, and alone, it is little cause for concern.Full Answer >