Why do I still have a stomach ache after my period?

Do you have stomach aches that persist despite the end of your period? You should know that postmenstruation pelvic pain can have multiple explanations.

These ailments are most often due to more or less painful cramps of the ovaries or contractions of the uterus which are transient. That said, they can also be a sign of an underlying problem and warrant a gynecological consultation when they persist or intensify abnormally.

The reasons can be many and for some very important to determine and understand, to treat them and to live with them.

Endometriosis


Your postmenstrual stomach ache may be due to the presence of endometriosis. This disease, which affects one in ten women, is characterized by the development of tissue similar to the lining of the uterus outside the uterus (ovaries, fallopian tubes, intestines). It can cause more or less intense pain in the ovaries, during and after menstruation.

Fortunately, there are many effective treatments such as hormone therapy or surgical removal.

Adenomyosis


Persistent pelvic pain after your period can also be a sign of adenomyosis. This is a condition caused by abnormal growth of tissue in the muscle walls of the uterus. Common in middle-aged women and those who have given birth, adenomyosis can cause heavy bleeding and painful cramps that may persist after menstruation.

Pelvic inflammatory disease

If you have an upset stomach that lasts after your period, you may have pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Bacterial in origin, PIDs can affect the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus and vagina as well.

Pelvic cramps and pain are their main feature. But they can also be accompanied by symptoms such as abnormal vaginal discharge, bleeding after menstruation, burning when you urinate, among others.

An ovarian cyst

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Stomach pain that persists after your period can be caused by ovarian cysts. Quiet and painless in most cases, ovarian cysts can also cause bleeding and severe pain after menstruation that can radiate from the pelvic area to the stomach.

A tumor

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A final hypothesis that should not be excluded is that of a potential tumor in the uterus or in the ovaries. Stomach pain that lasts for several days after your period is over can be a warning sign of a benign tumor or cancer. Do not hesitate to consult your gynecologist as soon as possible to be sure.

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