I am 23 years old, 5'0" 100 lbs. I have been taking birth control for the last eight years and haven't changed prescriptions at all. I currently do not have health insurance and can't afford an ER visit, and this problem isn't hurting enough to warrant the debt I'd be in to have it checked out. I just need feedback to figure out if this is something I should really be worried about or just something I should get checked immediately upon getting insurance back.
For at least a year now I have been getting a cramping sensation when I am not on my period. I am definitely not pregnant as I am on birth control and take it reliably. The pain comes and goes intermittently, lasting anywhere from a few minutes to a few days and recurs on an irregular schedule. Sometimes I'll get it for a few days and then not at all for a month or more, and sometimes I'll get it for the better part of a month solid. I can never really tell when it's coming or how long it will last. This time, I will be starting my period in about a week, but sometimes it happens two-three weeks before my period or immediately after, like prolonged cramping after bleeding has stopped.
It's never very painful, more like a minor irritation. The only sensation I can really compare it to is early period cramps, like that feeling you get when you're going to be starting soon. I can't tell where exactly it's coming from as it's a pretty generalized pain, sometimes going up my lower back and sometimes radiating into my sides. I don't know what other symptoms could be related to this, but I haven't noticed anything that, in my mind, could be linked.
Any ideas on what this could be?