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is it true that tampons can make menstrual cramps worse?

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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Tampons: For some women, using tampons can make their menstrual cramps worse because of a drying effect it has on the uterus. Also, if not changed promptly, pain and/or infection can ensue

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Can I take something OTC for menstrual cramps that really works?

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Dr. Stephen Pappachen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Yes: Midol, advil, (ibuprofen) motrin, etc... Of course, they shouldn't be taken all at once.
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.
A 40-year-old member asked:

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.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What can I take to help menstrual cramps?

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Dr. Stephen Sudler
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
IBUPROFEN; NAPROXEN: Otc (over-the counter) medications, such as Ibuprofen (advil, Motrin ib) or Naproxen sodium (aleve (naproxen) and others) are the best place to start and the most easily available. Ibuprofen is most effective when the starting dose is 2 tablets (400 mg). Do not exceed the packing maximium recommended dosages without consulting with your physician. See md if this does not help.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What is a good medication to take for menstrual cramps?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Cramps: Depending on severity of cramps & if ok with your doctor, safest is non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as motrin, if not allergic to it.

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