Can a woman experience cramps not due to menstruation?

Yes. A woman may experience a condition, known as secondary dysmenorrhea if she has cramps that are not due to her menstrual cycle. If cramps occur due to the menstrual cycle, it is called primary dysmenorrhea .

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What causes secondary dysmenorrhea?

There are several possible reasons as to why a woman may experience cramping other than due to her periods. They include endometriosis and fibroids.

When the tissue lining a woman’s endometrium (more commonly known as her uterus) is found outside her uterus – the condition is known as endometriosis.

Fibroids or growths that may develop on the inner wall of the uterus may also cause cramping and a great amount of discomfort.

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