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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.

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A 22-year-old member asked:

Is there any evidence that viable cells are in the menstrual flow?

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Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Yes: Endometriosis is a condition in which endometrial cells (cells from uterine lining) grow in locations other than inside the uterus. We know that women experience "retrograde flow", or flow of menses back thru the fallopian tubes and into the pelvis. Usually, the body resorbs the material, but sometimes these "viable" cells take hold and live in the abdominal cavity.
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I just had a unilateral laparoscopic oophorectomy done. How will my menstrual cycles be now?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
No change : As long as your other ovary is functioning normal you should not see any difference in your menstrual cycles. The other ovary will produce all of the normal hormone levels.
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What could it mean if you get hives when you get your menstral period?

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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Urticaria: Urticaria, or hives, can occur during times of stress - both physical and emotional. Menstruation can cause both. Hives, as with most allergic reactions, are additive, meaning that little thing you may be allergic to (food coloring, pollen, etc) may add up to a flare-up, and worsen with stress. Controlling some of these with antihistamines (claritin, benadryl, (diphenhydramine) etc) may help.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Can pelvic inflammatory disease stop menstrual periods?

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Dr. Maurizio Galasso
Obstetrics and Gynecology 33 years experience
Unlikely: Pid usually does not cause any change in mestrual. Cycle.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Can a prescribed menstrual medicine work as a morning after pill?

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Dr. Michael Swor
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Yes: The drugs are similar in many ways but have to be given in the appropriate dosage and timing to be effective for "morning after pill" or emergency contraception.

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