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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.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Cramps: NSAID’s, SSRI’s, hormone meds, OTC meds containing diuretics, warm bath, heating pad, exercise & acupuncture are excellent for PMS / period. 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. Ginger helps w nausea.

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Can there be a natural cure for menstrual cramps?

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Sx relief - not cure: Try: omega- 3 fatty acids or magnesium (supplementation or through diet) with your doctor’s approval. Discuss use of a traditional herbal like black cohosh with your doctor. Chamomile tea can be soothing. Sipping green tea can also dissipate pain. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, extra salt. A warm bath or heating pad is beneficial. Acupuncture is excellent for dysmenorrhea.

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