Cramps without Periods?
When the uterine muscles of the uterus contract to expel its lining which is made of very tiny blood vessels. The chemical substance prostaglandin triggers the contractions which produce cramps. For most women, cramping sometimes even days before is a sign a period is on its way. As such, it is a major annoyance and inconvenience, and rather mind-boggling if the cramps are still occurring days, weeks and even months in some cases and there is still no period.
The most common cause of cramps without a period is an early pregnancy. It is very important to confirm or rule out this possibility with a home pregnancy test. To be absolutely sure, and for more accurate results as well, it is best to administer the test several days after your missed period. The test is better if done first thing in the morning upon waking, and with the first urine of the day. This is because the early morning sample contains the highest concentration of the pregnancy hormone. Additionally, many women have irregular menstrual cycles, which mean unpredictable and inconsistent periods, and can be early, late or non-existent each month.
Miscalculating the expected date of a period can also obviously result in unwarranted anxiety and worry about your period. As well, very painful experiences such as losing a loved one, a divorce, relocating and extreme stress, as well as major change in diet and vigorous exercise and other conditions can produce cramping without a period or a delayed period. The cramping indicates that ovulation is taking place, however there is a delay in the actual cycle.
However, instead of a period, the cramps stand-alone....at least for a while. The period then surfaces a week or so after ovulation, and for some, can carry other symptoms such as gas, headaches, and constipation. Cramping without periods and other cycle irregularities can also stem from anorexia, bulimia, obesity, premature ovarian failure, certain medications, vitamins and supplements and certain illnesses. Other more serious causes can include but are not limited to: ectopic pregnancy, endometriosis, ovarian cysts or cancer.
Vaginal Discharge? What is Normal?
Vaginal discharge is natural and normal for all women. That said; it is important to differentiate between what is normal and what is abnormal.
Normal vaginal discharge is usually,white, milky, cloudy and /or even slightly yellow. This discharge is also usually stringy and thin with a pleasant or mild odor rather than a foul odor. Changes in normal discharge do occur however, and reasons for those can include but are not limited to: pregnancy, being sexual aroused, diet, menstrual cycle, extreme stress and other emotional stressors, and certain medications and supplements.
Abnormal Vaginal Discharge: Vaginal infections are very common. In fact, at some point in her life most women will experience some type of vaginal infection. However, now that you know what a normal discharge is; any changes in color, texture, odor, and even the amount of the discharge could be signs of vaginal infection. Knowing when to seek help is key. Especially since, your condition could be the result of a host of different reasons, including yeast infections, STD's and other conditions. Your doctor will know for sure. Therefore, please communicate with your doctor if you experience any of the following:
- Continuous, increased vaginal discharge accompanied by foul odor
- Increased and persistent burning especially when urinating
- Clumpy, cottage cheese-like discharge
- Very white, grey, bright yellow or green discharge
- Itching and soreness, accompanied by rashes
Because of the long list of reasons and possibilities of having cramps with no period, as well as certain kinds of 'abnormal' discharges; it is critical to see your doctor immediately for a proper evaluation, course of treatment and monitoring of your condition. As always, play it safe.
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