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How do i relieve bad menstrual cramps?.

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Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 43 years experience
NSAIDs: Over the counter medicines called nsaids, like Ibuprofen (brand name - Motrin or advil) or naprosyn (brand name aleve) are very effective. If cramps are still interfering with your daily activities, you may want to consider birth control pills or a Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud. If you are still not getting relief, then you should have an us to make sure you don't have fibroids, endometriosis, or adenomyosis.
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.
Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
Please see your: Gyn for an evaluation to make sure nothing strange is going on, if you have no contraindications you can use otc Motrin until you can see your gyn.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
GYN eval: 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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A 43-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how i can relieve really bad menstrual cramps?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Menstrual Cramps: Dysmenorrhea Tx: NSAID’s, SSRI’s, hormone meds, OTC meds containing diuretics, warm bath, heating pad, exercise & acupuncture are excellent for dysmenorrhea. 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.
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How do you relieve menstrual cramps from period?

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Ibuprofen: Ibuprofen and naproxsyn are prostaglandin inhibitors and can stop menstrual cramping.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What should I do to relieve menstrual cramps?

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Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics and Gynecology 16 years experience
NSAIDS: Nsaids like advil/motrin/ibuprofen are great for treating menstrual cramps. These are over the counter and are pretty inexpensive. Some people can't take these medications, so check with your doctor to see if these medications are safe for you to take.
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A 16-year-old female asked:

How bad is too bad when it comes to menstrual cramps?

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Dr. John Berryman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 54 years experience
Mensrual pain ?'s: Severe cramping with menstruation at age 16 may arise from endometriosis, and oral bcp's will alleviate these kinds of cramps considerably. Endometriosis can lead to infertility, so using oral bcp's also preserves later options for pregnancy. Ask your gyn physician for his/her recommendation.
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I would like guidance to how do I relieve menstrual cramps?

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Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Ibuprofen: You can use heating pad, Ibuprofen or other similar medication. If you take ibuprofen, you should start at the very onset of your period and take it regularly for the first 2-3 days. Being on birth control pills also reduce menstrual cramps.

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