I have done a Google search on my symptoms and came to Health Unlocked. I wondered if anyone had any advice at all because I feel really unsure as to what I am experiencing.
For a good long time now (about 3 years) I have been getting cramps exactly 7 days after I have started my period (by which point my period has obviously ended). The cramps tend to last for 2-3 days but are not constant, they tend to begin about 12 noon each day during this time. Sometimes they go away on their own but more often than not, I have to take painkillers (just paracetemol or ibuprofen) for them to go away. I don't get cramps at any other point during my cycle.
For the past two days I have been experiencing cramps and although this is nothing out of the ordinary (as they begun seven days after I ended my period, as usual), yesterday's cramps were particularly bad and I was really struggling to focus on my work. I even noticed a swelling around my abdominal area, which I have not noticed before, and this quite worried me.
I have been to the doctors countless times over the years and just been told it is likely to be ovulation pains, so I am hesitant to keep on going back - but is it not too early in the cycle to be ovulating? Or could this be normal for the preparation of ovulation?
A few facts about myself - I am 31, never had children (although I would like them in the not too distant future) and I currently have a non-hormone IUD fitted, and have had the same one for the past 7 years.
Many thanks in advance of any advice you could offer.