Why Am I Having Stomach Cramps and This Pain?

Published: November 04, 2017
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I started to have stomach cramps and pain which started on Monday 23/10/17. Less hunger,just pain and going to toilet a lot. The symptoms matched stomach infection. Minor. So, Accordingly, 3-10 was the time the body would repair it. So, today it is a lot better. But, I used the washroom and before I flushed, I saw something that looked like blood. I cleaned myself and red water came out, diluted. It smelt like Iron and I felt light headed immediately. So,What is this?. No pain at anus or the intestines, at all. So, probably not related to piles or anything. No Pills taken at all. Just Soda and some homemade remedies. I think that it is a one time thing. I don't know. Just as I came out, I came here for a consultation. It's just a doubt.
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Dear Why Am I Having Stomach Cramps and This Pain?,

You did not indicate your age or sex. If you are a female in pubescent age, you may be experiencing menarche, your first menstrual period. One of the most common physical symptoms of menarche is cramping. Often times, cramping feels similar to a stomachache.  Further, when a period occurs, menstrual blood is mixed in urine, which will alter urine’s natural color to a reddish tint.

For women who receive their period monthly, ovulation can also cause symptoms similar to what you have described. According to WebMD, “Some women feel a brief period of sharp pain on one side of the lower abdomen (the side where the egg was released) when they ovulate. This pain is called mittelschmerz. An increase in vaginal discharge or slight spotting may also occur near the time of ovulation.”

If you do not feel that the above descriptions of menarche and/or ovulation match your current situation, you may be experiencing a urinary tract infection (UTI). Common UTI symptoms may include:


TeenHealthFX cannot conduct a proper diagnosis over the internet. Since you described feeling light headed, FX encourages you to do the following:

  • Continue to track the appearance of your urine, as well as any symptoms you may be experiencing.
  • Schedule an appointment with your doctor. He/she can conduct a urinalysis or urine culture in order to determine if there is harmful bacteria present.


If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. A Planned Parenthood health center is a good option if you have concerns about cost or confidentiality issues. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

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