Ask an expert

04 Aug 2008

Abdominal cramps when exercising
am 34 years old, no children. I went off the pill in Nov 2005 and shortly after that started spotting between periods (I had always had normal regular periods before that). This continued for about 6 months until my cycles normalised. Around that time was the first time I started to experience this - when I run, after about 15/20 minutes I start to develop severe cramps (like bad period pains) in my lower abdomen. The pain becomes so severe that I have to stop execising and rest for about 20 mins until the cramps subside. Often I simultaneously have the urge for my bowels to work. These cramps occur about once out of every four times I run, and have occurred once or twice during other forms of exercise (one during a strenuous hike and once during normal fast walking). Over the last 2 years I have been to 2 GP'  s, a gynie, and a gastroenterologist, and none of them can tell me what is causing this. However I am not happy as I definately do not think this is normal. In the last 4 months my periods have again become irregular with spotting in between.
Could this possibly be endometriosis or some other gynaecological condition?
Answer 433 views

01 Jan 0001

I don't think that this is a gynae problem. It occurs with exercise and therefore is likely to be muscular. Endometriosis causes heavy periods, pain with menses and sometimes infertility. Irregular periods may be due to a problem with the cervix or a polyp in the uterus.

Best wishes
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.
Voting Booth
Have you entered our Health of the Nation survey?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
32% - 9463 votes
68% - 20185 votes