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A 24-year-old female asked:

I used to have a painful free menses but for the past four months my menses has been unbearable. what could possibly be the problem. please help.

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Dr. Karen Jones
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
Several causes: Stress and eating too much soy or sugar can make periods more painful as can endometriosis, infection or stopping birth control pills. Eating healthy, regular exercise and taking enough calcium can help some people.

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Last updated Nov 6, 2014

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