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Do cramps after sex indicate pregnancy?

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Dr. Reetika

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iCliniq medical review team

Published At April 21, 2022
Reviewed AtDecember 9, 2022

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have been suffering from cramps for one week. I started getting these cramps a day or two after the intercourse. I took two pregnancy tests; both were negative.

Please kindly help.

Answered by Dr. Reetika


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I fully understand your concern and will surely help you.

Please tell me if you have been sexually active earlier and, if yes, if you had similar complaints earlier? Was the intercourse protected or unprotected? When was your last menstrual period, and when are you expecting your next period? How many days of cycle do you have?

The pregnancy test will not be positive within a week even if there is actual pregnancy as the human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone, which triggers the positive result in the pregnancy kit, does not become active is not high enough. It takes between ten days to two weeks to show a positive result. It is too early to check the pregnancy test now.

Further, tell me if you have experienced any spotting or light bleeding post intercourse in a day or two? Please also share if you have any loose stool or fever etc.

Do not worry. Please share the details requested for better assessment and for suugesting correct treatment for your cramps.

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I was sexually active five days back, and that was it, and the sex was unprotected.

My last period was four weeks back, and my next one is unknown, considering my periods are irregular.

Answered by Dr. Reetika


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Understanding the details provided by you, I feel that if you have not been highly active sexually, the cramp may be due to a reaction to prostaglandin content in sperms.

Have you have ever experienced such cramps after protected intercourse like with a condom? Further, the cramps can result from how deep the penetration was or how rough the intercourse was. Please share the details. But definitely, cramps are not an indicator of pregnancy.

Do not worry. I hope the cramps are not so severe that they affect your life routine. Are you on any medication?

Also, wait for four to five days and then get a blood human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) test done to check for pregnancy as the intercourse was unprotected.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Reetika
Dr. Reetika

Obstetrics and Gynecology

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