Cramping is the most commonly experienced premenstrual symptom, as it marks the start of menses. During menstruation, the muscles of the uterus contract to expel the uterine lining that has built up over the previous few weeks. Experiencing menstrual cramps with no sign of a period beginning can be disconcerting and frustrating. Women expecting their periods are often baffled when they experience all the period-like symptoms, but their period doesn’t begin. Abdominal cramping and an absent period can be two different symptoms that coincide at the same time. However, sometimes cramping but no period can be a sign of something more serious.

What Does Cramping but No Period Mean?

There are a number of reasons for experiencing cramping but no period, including:

Eating Disorder

The most common eating disorders are bulimia and anorexia. A woman who has an eating disorder can experience irregular periods or having them stop altogether. This can lead to cramping at the time the period would normally occur but no bleeding.



Cramping but no period can occur during the menstrual cycle due to ovulation, signaling the release of an egg from the ovary. This type of cramping can occur on one side of the body and last from a few hours to a few days.



During menopause, women can experience irregular periods and even have no periods for months at a time. Cramps can still be experienced around the time the period would occur, though none starts. This is a sign of a lowering of reproductive hormones in the body.



During pregnancy, cramps can be a sign of the embryo implanting itself in the uterus and this can also cause some spotting. Another cause for cramps during pregnancy is the expansion of the uterus to accommodate the growing fetus.


Ectopic Pregnancy

Severe cramping with no sign of the period can be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy, where the fertilized egg is unable to leave the fallopian tube but continues to grow. Other symptoms include vaginal bleeding, nausea, vomiting, and breast tenderness.


Ovarian Cyst

Two types of cysts can form in the ovary, causing cramping but no period. One is where the egg fails to be released by the ovarian follicle (follicle cyst) but the size of the egg increases. The other is a fluid-filled cyst (corpus luteum cyst) that develops in the sac after the egg is released. Both types usually require no treatment and go away on their own in a few days.


Autoimmune Oophoritis

An autoimmune disorder is a condition where the immune system attacks the body’s cells, seeing them as invaders and causing inflammation. This can cause the ovaries to shrink and harden, reducing the hormone levels in the body and causing infertility. This can also cause cramping and other symptoms of the menstrual cycle, even though there is no period.


Cervical Stenosis

Cervical stenosis is a condition in which the opening of the cervix is so narrow that it restricts the flow of blood during the period. With cervical stenosis, women can suffer irregular periods and cramping without getting their period.



For some women, the tissue that grows inside the uterus can grow outside the uterus and within the abdominal cavity. This is called endometriosis and it can be quite painful, causing cramping for 1 to 2 weeks before the start of the period.


Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is difficult to identify because it has many symptoms similar to other health issues. And cramping but no period is one of the symptoms, as it accompanies irregular periods. Other symptoms to be aware of are pain and pressure in the abdomen, swelling in the abdomen, and frequency of urination.


Other Causes of Cramping but No Period

  • Many things can happen in the body when a woman is under stress, even delaying the menstrual cycle. This can lead to cramps but no period when the period would normally happen.

  • Gas and constipation can cause painful cramping that can be confused with the cramping associated with the menstrual cycle.

  • Cramping can also be the result of certain medications and illnesses that can interrupt the normal menstrual cycle.

  • Other diseases that can cause cramping but no period include Premature Ovarian Failure and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

  • There are many reasons for cramping with no period which vary from woman to woman, so do not rely on self-diagnosis. If your cramping but no period concerns you, consult with your doctor for an accurate diagnosis. An underlying medical condition can then be properly treated.

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  • nthabiOct.8 11:04
    I've missed my periods for a month now and thought they would come now but they don't,I've been feeling dizzy,tired and having cramps in my womb but no sign of my periods and am scared coz I had unprotected sex with my ex and we no longer together pls help
  • JulianaOct.8 05:04
    I have had random cramping in my lower stomach area/upper pelvis area, for at least 7 months now. It isn't necessarily killing me, but it affects me a lot. Hot packs relive it, I have had regular trips to the bathroom, no constipation, no diarrhoea and regular everything. I'm 10, and my periods haven't arrived, nor my vaginal discharge. Whenever I lay on my stomach, it also hurts. I've had many leakages on my underwear. Is this associated with my bad breath or leakages? Because I have heard of something that may be growing on the back of my mouth, infecting my food and upsetting my tummy. Please help me! It really would help me, because it is preventing me from doing my vital activities.
  • Nunya Oct.7 15:58
    @July Really? Obviously you are a bible thumper because you dont have to have sex just for procreation. Why dont you grow up and get your thinking out of the dark ages. It's people like you who have suppressed and oppressed women for so long.
  • Nicole Oct.1 02:46
    Like everyone else I'm experiencing period like cramps . I'm a weeks late for my period and also feel a little nauseous and have a terrible taste in my mouth for the past weeks like I've been sucking on a piece of metal , I'm taking a test tomorrow to see if I'm pregs but if not it's a trip to the doctors to see what is going on with my body :/
  • LauraSep.22 04:44
    Hi all my partner and i have been trying for a baby for just under a year, im 5 days late for my period mever been this late. but am nervous to take a test as we have had so many unsuccessful results and dont want to be disappointed. And when should i take a test?? dont want to take it too early?
  • AnonOct.12 06:31
    @ : @Laura Get off her back, can't you tell she is a scared kid? Not everyone is perfect like you, most of us make bad choices, but it is not your place to lecture her. You tell her to grow up? She isn't the one attacking a 17 year old kid who is scared and looking for answers. If anyone needs to grow up it is you.
  • julySep.13 15:40
    @Ellie You first need to grow up ... psychologically How can u say that your parents r not sweet If they werent there for u then u might have been on roads or council houses begging for everything... if u feel u cant take care of kids At This Age then how come y felt u need sex at this age Shame on u and i feel pity for your unlucky parents for bringing u jnto this world. You woukd know your mistakes once u grow up and u would definitely know the value of ur parents when u had to leave them. There is no alternative in the whole world for your parents and their love. well they r promiceless and no body not even ur loved ones will love you so pure as ur parents. Parents never expect something and then love u They just love u for whoever and whatever u r and try to gove you the best happiest path they can. and btw im in 20s too not an old woman. i wish your parents knew what u r faking abt them at their back!!!
  • keitumetse Sep.5 20:54
    Hello am katty and am 19 years i have stomach cramps but not on my period and i haven't been sexually active for a long time and i am moody and down tooh. .can anyone help pls
  • JiffSep.4 21:06
    Some of you younger ladies might have an iron deficiency. That's what happened to me when I was in high school. Made my periods crazy and unpredictable. (Before anyone gets all psycho on me, I'm not diagnosing. I'm simply suggesting. ) Talk to family members. A lot of times "female stuff" runs in the family.
  • DeniseAug.30 15:42
    My last period was sometime in April (2016) I've been having really bad stomach cramps ever since then but my period still hasn't came on, and I'm sexually active with my boyfriend.. The last few times we had sex he didn't pull out, I waited a few weeks to take a pregnancy test and it came back negative, but I'm still having stomach cramps with no period and I sometimes feel nauseated . Does anybody know what's going on with me? Every time I take a pregnancy test it says negative
  • AAug.25 05:04
    I don't get why it's so hard for anyone on here to go to their doctor, or get an at home test.
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