I don't remember ever having period pains before I started taking the BCP back when I was 20 (12 years ago) - and while I was on said BCP I used to get a slight ache during my period every few months but nothing more than a distraction. Since coming off the BCP I seem to be having cramps all the time! Last month I had full on - making me cry - cramps for two days prior to the finally arriving. This cycle I've had them on and off since about 2DPO. They're worse in the night time - one night I had to get up and go watch tv as they were so bad and I couldn't sleep. They seem to come on if I have something pressing against my tummy - seat belt/trouser waist band etc. A hot water bottle helps. Is this normal for a non BCP cycle to have period pain cramps but not during your period??