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Are you still suffering from cramps after menopause? This might be why

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Are you still suffering from menstrual like cramps after menopause? For many women, it can be frustrating to experience period after menopause with cramps even when they thought they had gone through the change of life. When a woman officially goes through menopause, it means that she hasn’t had her period for 12 consecutive months. Without monthly ovulation, most women do not suffer from typical menstruation symptoms such as cramps, bloating and back pain.

However, for some, it is still possible to suffer from period pains after menopause. This is called ovarian cramps, where the ovaries still produce hormones but no longer ovulate. Oftentimes, these are a sign that you haven’t completely reached menopause yet, or they could be indicative of another health condition. These cramps, sometimes referred to as “post-menopausal cramps” – cramps during menopause with no bleeding. 

Discover why some women are still experiencing postmenopausal cramping, lower back pain, bloating, and other menstrual-like symptoms even after they’ve gone through menopause.

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Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a painful condition where tissue similar to what grows in the inner lining of your uterus grows outside of it as well. The inflammation caused by these extra growths generally stops after menopause, but some postmenopausal women with endometriosis may still experience postmenopausal cramps and pain especially if they are taking estrogen therapy.

Uterine Fibroids

Fibroids are non-cancerous growths usually stop growing or shrink after menopause, but their existence can cause pain and some women continue to receive painful conditions. If this is the case, it may be best to consult a physician about whether you should receive an imaging test such as a CT scan, MRI scan, or ultrasound to look at your ovaries. Pelvic exams and biopsies can also help diagnose what condition you are suffering from. If you have experienced pelvic cramps after menopause, consulting with a doctor could help determine the most effective ways of managing this symptom. FIBROID PAIN AND MENOPAUSE

Gastrointestinal condition

Apart from menstruation, you may be experiencing cramps, nausea, or diarrhea because of gastrointestinal issues such as the stomach flu, food poisoning, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or other condition. Pain from these conditions will not be in the uterus, but the lower abdomen. Lower abdominal pains after menopause are frequently associated with menstruation, but they can also occur during and after menopause. With proper diagnosis and treatment, you can find relief from menopausal or gastrointestinal pains in the lower abdomen.

Cramps after menopause could be caused by ovulation, ovary cysts, hormone imbalances, or even a sign of ovarian cancer. If you experience ovulation pain after menopause that persist for more than a few days or are accompanied by other symptoms such as fatigue or pain in the pelvis, it is important to talk to your doctor.

Ovarian or uterine cancer

The risk of developing ovarian and endometrial cancers increases after 50, and symptoms such as vaginal bleeding, bloating, and weight loss in addition to cramps may indicate you might have cancer. However, there may be many other reasons you could be experiencing cramps so consult your physician before making a any final decisions!

If period pains continue after menopause, it is important to talk to your doctor.

The NHS recommends that women who experience period pains or uterine cramps after menopause long after their period has stopped should seek medical advice.

If you have a family history of ovarian/uterine cancer, took estrogen therapy for menopause, started menopause after 52, got your period before age 12, or have used an IUD before, you may be more likely to experience post-menopause cramps. Using painkillers, heating pads and eating anti-inflammatory foods could help ease your symptoms and reduce cramps!

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