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why do you have menstrual cramps?

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Dr. Hugo Ribot
Obstetrics and Gynecology 35 years experience
Prostaglandins: During the period, a physiologic process occurs which leads to the sloughing (shedding) of the inner lining of the uterus, known as the endometrium. What facilitates this involves the production of very powerful chemicals by the body known as prostaglandins. These produce very strong contractions of the uterus which in some women can be as painful as labor. This also explains menstrual diarrhea.

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A 24-year-old female asked:

Will tea help menstrual cramps?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Some may...: Many people use herbal supplements for common illnesses and menstrual cramp is one of them...Camomille, feverfew, black cohosh etc..(often avaialbe in varous forms such as tablet, dried tea, extracts etc..) and many others are used for such purpose and can help some folks. I can't tell which will do for you. Consult doc if your symptoms are severe and/or using other meds..Good luck.
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A 19-year-old female asked:

How can I cure menstrual cramps?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Endure them: Cramps are symptoms and as such aren't curable. They can be treated or helped, though. Oral contraceptives often improve dysmenorrhea. Naprosyn (naproxen) or Ibuprofen can diminish symptoms effectively if taken just before period starts.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Incredibly bad menstrual cramps?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Dysmenorrhea: Try nsaid’s, ssri’s, hormone meds, otc meds containing diuretics, warm bath, heating pad, exercise ; acupuncture are excellent for dysmenorrhea. Avoid caffeine, chocolate, alcohol ; salt. Get gyn eval to r/o underlying pathology. Consider omega- 3 fatty acids, magnesium (supplementation or through diet) or black cohosh with dr ok. Sipping chamomile can dissipate pain.
A 43-year-old member asked:

How can I treat menstrual cramps ?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Dysmenorrhea: Dysmenorrhea Tx: NSAID’s, SSRI’s, hormone meds, OTC meds containing diuretics, warm bath, heating pad, exercise & acupuncture are excellent for dysmenorrhea. Avoid caffeine, chocolate, alcohol & salt. Get GYN eval to R/O underlying pathology. Consider omega- 3 fatty acids, magnesium (supplementation or through diet) or Black Cohosh with dr ok. Sipping Chamomile can dissipate pain.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How can I avoid menstrual cramps?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Menstrual cramps: Consider omega- 3 fatty acids or magnesium (supplementation or through diet) with dr ok. Discuss use of herbal like Black Cohosh with your dr. Sipping Chamomile & Green tea can dissipate pain. Avoid caffeine, chocolate, alcohol & salt. NSAID’s, warm bath, heating pad & acupuncture are excellent for dysmenorrhea. Get GYN eval – check Magnesium & iodine levels & to rule out underlying pathology.

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