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Pain in the Stomach After Eating While on Your Period

author image April Khan
April Khan is a medical journalist who began writing in 2005. She has contributed to publications such as "BBC Focus." In 2012, Khan received her Doctor of Public Health from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She also holds an Associate of Arts from the Art Institute of Dallas and a Master of Science in international health from University College London.
Pain in the Stomach After Eating While on Your Period
Abdominal pain after eating during menstruation can be due to bloating. Photo Credit: Remains/iStock/Getty Images

At some point, people experience abdominal pain after eating. This pain can be linked to many minor and major health problems. During the menstrual cycle, women may experience abdominal pain as part of premenstrual syndrome or due to many other conditions that can occur during menses. Severe pain should never go overlooked even if it is experienced after eating a meal.

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Generalized Pain

Generalized abdominal pain may occur in more than one part of the abdomen.This pain is caused by indigestion, gas, or a bacterial or viral infection in the stomach. Generalized pain can also occur during the menstrual cycle if you become bloated or there is a blockage in the intestines.

Localized Pain

Localized pain is contained to one area of the stomach and is typically the sign of a problem in a specific organ. During your period, you may have localized pain in the ovaries or uterus, particular in women who have polycystic ovary syndrome or endometriosis. The pain may worsen after eating due to the stomach distending and pressing down on these organs.

Cramp-Like Pain

During menstruation, women may experience cramp-like pain as part of premenstrual syndrome. However, if this pain begins after eating, it is likely due to gas or bloating, according to MedlinePlus. This type of pain is usually short-lived and treatable with over-the-counter supplements or medications. Cramp-like pain can also occur following bouts of stomach virus or with diarrhea.


If you've been diagnosed with reproductive conditions such as ovarian cysts or polycystic ovary syndrome and you develop pain at any point of the day, contact your physician. Premenstrual syndrome may cause you to develop aches or pains in the abdomen, lower back, or thighs before and during the menstrual cycle. If you have pain after eating during menstruation or before menstruation, accompanied with heartburn, you may have acid reflux, or GERD. See a physician for a proper diagnosis.

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