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Contractions while not pregnant

Does anyone know anything about this? This is so strange! Last night when I was laying down before I fell asleep, I started having contractions. I am NOT pregnant. I had contractions for about a hour, and they were almost exactly 10 minutes apart each time, but the last 2 were 9 minutes apart. After that I decided to just go to sleep. Note: I do intend to call my doctor, but they don't take phone calls (they take a message and call you back in about 2 days... it *****)

I was told I have PCOS recently, but I don't believe this is pain caused by the rupturing of cysts. I have had a child before, and it felt just like that... I swear I could even feel my cervix dialating (not alot, just a little). I am no longer having contractions this morning.

I'm REALLY REALLY hoping this is a period because I haven't had one in 7 months, and I started taking birth control pills about 2 weeks ago. Do period cramps hurt like this?! I was always regular before these past 7 months, and I have never had period cramps! Do they feel like labor contractions?

If anyone has any advice for me, I would really appreciate it! The only thing I can compare my experience to is labor pains and I'm worried my doctor is going to try to pass it of as a bowel problem or something. Thank you!
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134578 tn?1546634665
Period cramps feel like squeezing a fist really tight until your hand begins to ache because there is no longer enough blood in it, and then letting the hand relax.  That's a pretty good description of contractions, too, at the earlier stages of labor.  So yeah, it could definitely be period cramps, especially if you have been waiting a long time for them to come and you have a lot of endometrial lining built up.
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Thanks! It's good to know that it could just be cramps... is it possible to have period cramps that are so timed out?
134578 tn?1546634665
Sure, even if you haven't been waiting forever for the period to come.  The uterus sheds its lining by contracting, and only it decides when to clench.
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Thanks a bunch! It gives me hope to know that this very well could be a sign that my parts are still working. :)
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i am 21 and have 2 kids just misscarried a month ago, i have had these contraction feelings for a few months now and im not pregnant i have not had my period in 2 yeras the past few days these contraction type feeling has gotten worse i been feeling really nausiated  here and there to, does anyone know what is wrong with me or any possibilities please email me at ***@****
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Well where do I start..

I have three kids so I definitely know what contractions are!  Now I have an IUD in and I have been having contractions and I am not pregnant!

They are exacting like labor pain but without labor, I have been to several docs, one said it was an ulcer, the other gas reflex etc.  Eventually i got fed up and went to get an ultra sound of my abdomen - the woman told me that both kidneys were low functioning, and  I have polycystic ovaries - I heard that one before!  One gyne told me I was lucky to have a child because of the condition - well I got two after that , also they discovered I have a heart shape uterus, mitral valve prolapse etc...

I guess we all have something but never know about it - my only suggestion is to pay attention to all vital organs and drink more water!!!

And don't let anyone convince you that it is all in your head.
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thats what it could be ladies either u need to **** or these pains are eggs releasing from ur tubes..try to take a hot bath or put a heating pad on ur belly...being a women is not ezy...but im glad each and everyone of u care abt your body!
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I have felt this an I went to the doc.I found out I had a bladder infection I've had two kids an I was very weird to feel contractions when I new I wasent preg. Go see the doc an get pill before it works its way to ur kidneys this really ***** I get this all the time an I hate it
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Wow... last night I began to feel a terrible pain in my lower abdomen just like if I was going into labor. I know because I had a baby 7 months ago. I was ready to go to the hospital because the pain was unbearable. It felt like contractions (not one that comes and goes) but a contraction which lasted for about 25-30 min straight. I could move or couldn't stand. Towards the end my lower back began to hurt as well...   I'm 21 and just had the IUD inserted about a week ago. Could that be the problem????
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I am 30 years old with two children. I have been on my period for almost 3 months with out a break. Heavy bleeding and very large clots. Now I seriously feel like I am in labor, it even feels like I am dilating. Any ideas?
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i have this pain as well. and i have had a child before so i do know the pain of contractions. they do not come and go like every 10 mins. but i will get a bad one for anywhere between 3-7 mins and then it will just go away until the next time. ive had an ultrasound and they found nothing, ahhh. could i just be gas?
2094879 tn?1333067593
Wow. I just had this exact same thing happen to me twice now. I'm 33 and never been pregnant, have PCOS. Could you email me?? rainboweverything (4) gmi4l d 0t k0 m
4934794 tn?1361233670
I'm 49...still having my period every month without fail...can't wait for menopause!!! but last month on my second day of my period, I started having contractions...just like hard labor..yes I've had a baby and know what it feels like...the contractions lasted about 2 hours and were about 5 minutes apart lasting 1minute or so...I had both front and back labor...my husband was about to take me to the ER when I tilted my cervics up in the air with pillow and a chair then my contractions stopped. I do have large fibroids so I'm thinking that maybe one of them was trying to come out? I'm trying to avoid surgery because supposedly fibroids shrink during menopause...but am scared for my next period!
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Could you please explain your position better.
Could you please explain your position better.
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Well I am 29 and have 5 kids. i have had my tubes tied for over 3 years now. Last month i was over a week late and this month I am right at two weeks late. i have taken tests and all negative. Now I started having full blown contractions not the false ones known as braxton hicks but the real thing. Timing them every 2 to 3 minutes lasting about 45 sec to 1.5 long. I am currently on my cycle but don't understand what could be causing these symptoms. Please any advice out there is welcome. Thanks ladies!
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HAVING CONTRACTIONS AND I AM NOT PREGNANT WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME???
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Just wondering if you had any conclusion to your problem? Your symptoms are exactly like mine. But I'm 43 and have gone through this about 5 times since having my second baby nearly 17 years ago. Doctor wasn't sure what it was.
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I had two children.Had one normally.I had placents previa and ceaserian section with the other one.I am not pregnant.I have been having serious unbearable contraction for days now.I wonder what it is.I had an IUD removed few months ago.Had the IUD because I was having heavy bleeding due to fibroid.Instead of myomectomy,Drs suggested a hysterectomy due to the size of the fibroid. I have gatherd some ideas now by reading different posts on this page.Thanking u all for sharing.Any more suggestions?Thanks
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I had two children.Had one normally.I had placents previa and ceaserian section with the other one.I am not pregnant.I have been having serious unbearable contraction for days now.I wonder what it is.I had an IUD removed few months ago.Had the IUD because I was having heavy bleeding due to fibroid.Instead of myomectomy,Drs suggested a hysterectomy due to the size of the fibroid. I have gatherd some ideas now by reading different posts on this page.Thanking u all for sharing.Any more suggestions?Thanks
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You need to get evaluated. We need to know if you are on birth control currently.Some birth control causes bleeding for months.  You are describing large clots; and that seems like a more serious problem.  Go see your OB/GYN for an evaluation.  
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I had my 1st child in 2007 and after I had her I was getting these very very bad pain in my belly but the nite when I was going to labor my contractions  wasn't as loud as it was a post be but its like 3 or 4 months later I started to get these very very bad pain in my belly and it would wake me up at nite I would do the breathing blow in and out and it didn't work lol and so around 2am they stoped  and never came back again until dec.23.2013 I had my wonderful son I was only 6months and I had 3 months to go my son was born 2pounds and 8ounces and so now its like its all happening again but only this time after a year last nite the pain came back but this time it happens while im driving or at the store in my sleep and while im cleaning the house I whent to the doctor and got a ulta sound and blood testes done x-raxs done they said everything is fine everything is good but I don't know something is wrong with me can any one help me.......
15637824 tn?1441913312
It's so rude to say you don't trust doctors. You trusted them with all 5 of your babies, labor, delivery and recovery. Doctors are just that, DOCTORS! They are here to HELP diagnose problems, they are not GOD or whatever higher power you may or may not believe in. They never claim to have all the answers, its just like any other profession. TRIAL AND ERROR!!! They are taught a certain way to try and find answers, that doesn't mean they will always get it correct. Maybe watching House, and other medical related shows isn't in your best interest since you seem to believe in the fairy-tale of what TV depicts. I am not a doctor however I have been in the medical field for over 12 years. The past 4 years I have been deathly ill, had it not been for my wonderful group of doctors, trial and error, test after test and finally getting to the bottom of one issue, which actually was the one that darn near killed me I wouldn't be here today. I have chronic hyponatremia that almost took my life twice and my team of doctors worked day in and day out trying to figure out what was wrong. On top of that I also have a thing called Gastroparesis (paralysis of the stomach and moving into my lower intestines) Both of which I had NEVER heard of in my whole career! I am 30yr and never expected to be in the position that I am in. I also have lupus, PCOS, anemia, and a few other medical issues. All I want to say is that my doctors are amazing and you shouldn't down all of them just bc you got a hold of a few ****** ones. It still took over 4 years to get where I am with my diagnosis but I never lost faith in my medical care team bc they showed me how much they actually cared. I had a few bad apples along the way but it is not cause for me to me to call them all bad doctors and say I don't trust them. You go to school as long as they do, do all of your clinicals, do you rotations, get thrown on the front line and see how well you do as a Doctor!!! They work their ***** off everyday just to hear from ppl like you that they are not good enough. Science changes and with that so does medicine. It's an ever growing field with new advancement and treatments along with new and harder to treat illnesses. Maybe we should look at what we're doing wrong, that's causing them to constantly have to re-evolve and re-evaluate the way they have to go about treating and diagnosing us! Doctors are not perfect nor do they claim to be...and if you find one that does, that's your queue to get up and run! Doctors saved my life and I'm still here to be a mother to my 2 wonderful kids and if nothing else, I am 100% fully thankful to them for that!!! So maybe next time you are in a do or die situation, you should go to McDonalds and see what kind of advice they offer since you don't trust doctors maybe you can trust them.......who else are you gonna run to???  
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Who are you to tell her it is rude to trust doctors.  You do not know if she trusted them with the birth of her 5 children or not.  It is hard to find a good doctor, who is not a narcissistic, know it all,  who actually listens to his/her patients.  I was diagnosed with abdominal cancer in 2009, for over 2 years before my diagnosis I was dismissed by doctor after doctor trying to tell me "you have irritable bowel syndrome", "you have a ruptured cyst", "you are suffering from depression".  Too many doctors will not dig deep to uncover symptoms, and instead give blanket diagnosis when tests are inconclusive.  So yes, there is plenty of reasons not to trust doctors.  The answer isn't swearing off medical care, but finding a doctor you can trust.  
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ingramlem,
    ?Your comment to Loyalthatsme was absolutely uncalled for and quite judgemental for someone who claims to be in the "medical field".  Most people who have made a career serving and caring for others are expected to have the ability to read a post such as the one written by Loyalthatsme with feelings of sincere empathy for the tragedy and loss the poor woman undoubtedly suffered with the deaths of two babies. At no time did she say that "that all doctors are bad" as you implied more than once. She simply said that she does not trust doctors. I do not know this woman or the entirety of what appears to be a very difficult and painful journey for her. However, she is certainly allowed to have her own feelings and insecurities regarding her own personal life struggles and share them on this forum with honesty. We are here to help and encourage one another with an expectation that we won't be insulted for expressing a feeling that might be different from someone else. I would kindly ask that you please be considerate of others.

    I would add that I'm very pleased that you had a good experience with your medical team. It sounds like you have been through quite an ordeal yourself and I will certainly remember you in my prayers.
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you sound like u have a good line of doctors behind you..   Could u help me with a few questions
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I have no clue what it is but I am going through the same thing. I have been having contraction like symptoms with my period. I am on Mirena IUD and I have been on it over a year. I have never had kids. I have tried other birth controls out there and this was the only one I thought would work. My cramps hurt so bad. It feels like I am going into labor. I am not pregnant though.
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Ok ladies I've found the answer


What causes dysmenorrhea?

The cramps you feel as a result of dysmenorrhea are caused by uterine contractions (when your uterus tightens and relaxes, allowing blood to leave your uterus). The lining of your uterus releases special chemicals called “prostaglandins” (pronounced: pross–ta–glan–dins). These chemicals are released from the lining of the uterus and increase the strength of the contractions, especially during the first couple of days of a woman’s menstrual cycle (when levels are high). High levels of prostaglandins may also cause nausea, diarrhea and lightheadedness.
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Hi i need answer for my ? I have be feeling some shooting contraction pains on my lower back and thigh cramps n i am not pregnant.Can u tell me another symtom that may cause that without being pregnant
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before I had my tubes cut and tied,I'd never had menstrual cramps. 2 periods after is when they started. And yes it feels exactly like labor to me. The pain goes arond my mid section and down my legs exactly like labor
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Think I'd mention this to your doctor.  Let us know what they say
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I have the contraction like pains and have had them since I had my tubes tied 12 yrs ago after my 3rd child I also get the sensation like a baby moving in my stomach I know for fact that I am not pregnant but what I have found that helps is bearing down like you’re trying to push out a baby and sometimes that relieves the pressure
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I am having the same problem I feel like I am having contractions but I am not pregnant, they become so hard and close together I have to bear down and push. My breasts also hurt when I get these pains does yours
I am 40 year's old.and have my tubes tied.I have had 6 natural births.after my 6 th child I decided to get my tubes tied.my youngest is 9 years old now.my oldest is 23 years old.just in the last 3year's I have been getting cramping so bad that it feels like contractions  really bad pain.but it has only happened a few times and each time it was right after sex anyone have this happen? My god it hurt it's contractions like every 2 to 3 minute's and last for 2 minutes.can anyone help..
It sounds like uterine contractions. Try Advil when it happens or even before you have sex.
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