Menopause is defined as the time in a woman's life when menstrual periods stop. Menopause is generally preceded by a period, called perimenopause, of around six years when there are changes in menstruation. One of the unpleasant physical sensations of menopause and perimenopause can be stomach cramps.
Menstrual cramps are stomach cramps that occur as a woman's body expels an unfertilised egg as part of the menstrual cycle. Menstrual cramps can range from non-existent to severe.
Cramping During Menopause
As women enter perimenopause, changes in the menstrual cycle can occur. One of the possible changes is increased cramping.
Cramping After Menopause
Women on oestrogen replacement therapy can continue to experience cramping, though it is rare. Women not on oestrogen replacement therapy should not have cramping.
Menopausal Leg Cramps
In rare cases, women suffering from stomach cramps can also suffer from leg cramps.
Unless symptoms are severe, medical care is generally not necessary. If menopausal or perimenopausal cramping becomes so severe that it interferes with daily life, then medical care should be sought.