What could cause cramping 2 weeks BEFORE a menstrual period is due? <CARIE>

Not Medical Advice: It could be a symptom related to the menstrual cycle, known as premenstrual syndrome (PMS). PMS usually occurs a week or two before the period and ends when the period starts.

According to BabyMed, typical uterine cramps or cramping before your menstrual period are usually caused by an increase in prostaglandin hormones, chemicals that increase shortly before your menstrual period.

In general, among the many causes for cramps are:

  • Ovulation pain
  • Swollen ovaries after clomid or other fertility medications
  • Your period is about to come (PMS)
  • Endometriosis
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Leiomyoma Uteri (uterine fibroids)
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
  • Appendicitis
  • Constipation
  • Colitis
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Torsion of the ovary

In health buzz, painful periods are very common in te3ns and young women. Every cycle can mean lower abdominal pain, sharp or aching pain that comes and goes, or possibly back pain.

Research shows roughly 15 percent of young women have cycles painful enough to interfere with normal social activities. Check out options to help lessen the discomfort a monthly visitor may bring here.

Updated on Monday, April 07 2014 at 04:14AM EDT
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