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how do i know if my period cramps are normal?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Variable.: Everyone's pain tolerance is different. Here are some questions i ask to see if the cramping is normal. Are you able to go to work or school when you have your period? Do over-the-counter pain medications like midol or Motrin help your pain when taken at the recommended doses? If you answer no to either then your period cramping may be excessive.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Severity: If cramping is so severe that it affects your ability to function and is excruciating - that would warrant gynecological assessment.

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