A 36-year-old male asked:
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please share a tip on some do's and don'ts with regard to period pain.

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
49 years experience Internal Medicine
If: If premenstrual triggers, try aleve (naproxen) twice daily with food as soon as period coming on.
Answered on Apr 12, 2013
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Dr. William Harris
32 years experience Family Medicine
If: If you have menstrual migraines, try Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) to stop periods! no periods, no headaches!
Answered on Mar 7, 2017
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Dr. Marcie Castleberry
Specializes in Pediatrics
Girls: Girls who exercise regularly often experience fewer problems with menstrual cramps.
Answered on Jan 19, 2015
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Dr. Suzanne Fiala
29 years experience Family Medicine
Avoid: Avoid sugar, caffeine, alcohol, processed foods during premenstrual time. Aleve (naproxen) for pain. Preload.
Answered on Feb 4, 2017
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Dr. Suzanne Fiala
29 years experience Family Medicine
Aleve, (naproxen): Aleve, 2 pills, 3x/day . Start 2-3 days before period due. Better than Ibuprofen or tylenol (acetaminophen).
Answered on Jun 25, 2014
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Start: Start taking Ibuprofen several days before periods start.
Answered on Jun 25, 2014
Dr. John Munshower
29 years experience Family Medicine
You: You do not have to live with menstrual pain. Meds can help, try aleve (naproxen) as a starter, or prescription if severe.
Answered on Apr 15, 2013
Dr. Amy Friedman
38 years experience Transplant Surgery
A: A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (nsaids) such as Ibuprofen (motrin or advil) is very helpful.
Answered on Jun 25, 2014
Dr. Maureen Mays
Specializes in Clinical Lipidology
Exercise,: Exercise, ibuprofen, hydration, more exercise, meditation.
Answered on Apr 15, 2013
Dr. HUGH Melnick
48 years experience Fertility Medicine
1-2: 1-2 aleve (naproxen) tablets every 6-8 hours. Take first dose asap.
Answered on Apr 17, 2013
Dr. Maritza Baez
16 years experience Family Medicine
Try: Try a warm washcloth over your lower abdomen for pain relief during your period.
Answered on Apr 17, 2013
Dr. Nelly Cohen
26 years experience Internal Medicine
One: One can start taking naproxen/aleve 500 mg 2 days prior to the period and continue while on period.
Answered on Mar 30, 2015
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Dr. Jumnah Thanapathy
45 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Take: Take the NSAID as soon as you feel the slightest twinge of pain. It works better.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
Dr. Maiysha Clairborne
19 years experience Family Medicine
Lowering: Lowering intake of greasy, refined foods ; sugars can help improve or prevent premenstrual syndrome.
Answered on Feb 9, 2015
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Dr. Wendy Askew
23 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
If: If you don't want to try nsaids, or ocp's for the pain, try: black cohosh, valerian or chamomile.
Answered on May 14, 2013
Dr. Matthew Wilson
12 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Start: Start Ibuprofen every 6 hours for 2 days before the anticipated start of your period.
Answered on Jun 25, 2014
Dr. Monib Zirvi
20 years experience Dermatology
Taking: Taking an anti-inflammatory is helpful and gently using a heating pad on the lower abdomen may help.
Answered on May 20, 2014
Dr. William Harris
32 years experience Family Medicine
Anaprox (naproxen): Anaprox (naproxen) ds is an antiinflammatory medication that very specifically manages the discomfort of menses.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Alan Patterson
41 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Continuous: Continuous birth control pills work well or anti-inflammatories and the sooner you start them the better.
Answered on May 29, 2013
Dr. Maureen Mays
Specializes in Clinical Lipidology
Ibuprofen: Ibuprofen 200 mg every 4 hours can really help with cramps. It works better than Aspirin or tylenol (acetaminophen).
Answered on Jun 25, 2014
Dr. Tedde Rinker
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NSAIDS: Nsaids help, so do epsom salt baths, and exercise.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
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Dr. David Kurss
38 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Consider: Consider ibuprofen, heating pad, exercise, the pill, Depo-Provera provera, (medroxyprogesterone) nuvaring, nexplanon...
Answered on Feb 19, 2015
Dr. David Rosenfeld
26 years experience Pain Management
NSAIDs,: Nsaids, hormonal birth control and surgery can all help.
Answered on May 31, 2013
Dr. David Rosenfeld
26 years experience Pain Management
Soaking: Soaking in a hot bath or using a heating pad on your lower abdomen can help.
Answered on May 31, 2013
Dr. Laurence Badgley
52 years experience General Practice
A: A male "guess": at menses the hormone relaxin loosens pelvic ligaments stressing muscles. Wear spanx.
Answered on Jun 2, 2013
Dr. Richard Wallner
40 years experience Gynecology
Take long acting...: Anti-inflammatory meds such as aleve, (naproxen) beginning two days before and continuing thru your period.
Answered on Aug 30, 2013
Dr. Monib Zirvi
20 years experience Dermatology
Oral: Oral contraceptives and multivitamins may be helpful to reduce the severity of period pain.
Answered on Jun 2, 2013
Dr. David Kurss
38 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Help: Help period pain with heat, analgesia, or the pill/nuvaring. Consider endometriosis.
Answered on Jan 19, 2014
Dr. Tracy Lovell
20 years experience Rheumatology
Hot: Hot water bottles are great to relieve the discomfort.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience Rheumatology
Keep: Keep low dose Naproxen handy if you experience this regularly.Be preemptive! use in advance of pain!
Answered on Jun 30, 2014
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience Rheumatology
Take: Take what works in advance, be it a NSAID or low dose ssri!
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
Dr. Marianne Finerman
41 years experience Pediatrics
600-800mg: 600-800mg Ibuprofen every 6-8hr, or 440 mg naproxyn every 8-12hr; start a day before you expect it.
Answered on Sep 3, 2014
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Dr. Timothy Schultz
30 years experience General Practice
Magnesium.: Magnesium. Epsom salt baths and oral magnesium - perque magnesium plus guard 2 tabs 3x day.
Answered on Dec 10, 2013
Dr. Douglas Lawson
27 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
When: When you treat it with medicine, don't wait until the pain is severe. Start early and regular dose.
Answered on Nov 5, 2013
Dr. Timothy Brown
43 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Start: Start taking an NSAID like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen) every 6 hours before your period starts.
Answered on Jun 30, 2014
Dr. Sonober Umair
17 years experience Pediatrics
Take: Take anti-inflammatory med right at onset of pain, limit excess fluids, heating pads.
Answered on Dec 10, 2013
Dr. Ted King
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Pay: Pay special attention to your food habits during your periods, it can help solve menstrual problems.
Answered on Apr 29, 2019
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Dr. Ted King
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Eat: Eat fish, chicken, vegetables and fruits along with rice.
Answered on Jun 17, 2013
Dr. Ted King
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Keep: Keep a bottle of warm water above the stomach for some time to relieve pain from menstrual cramps.
Answered on Jun 17, 2013
Dr. Ted King
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Try: Try out simple exercises such as yoga in the days before you get your periods.
Answered on Jun 17, 2013
Dr. Ted King
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Eating: Eating dates regularly is considered by some to help solve problems during periods.
Answered on Jun 17, 2013
Dr. Ted King
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Avoid: Avoid taking pain killers on an empty stomach. Take pain relievers only after eating.
Answered on Jan 9, 2015
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Dr. Ted King
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Cut: Cut down the intake of salt, sweets, and spicy foods.
Answered on Nov 19, 2013
Dr. Ted King
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Try: Try not to take too much of food at one stretch.
Answered on Dec 10, 2017
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Dr. Ted King
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Avoid: Avoid caffeine: tea, coffee, coke, chocolate, etc. During periods. Try lemonade or herb tea instead.
Answered on Sep 13, 2015
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Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience Rheumatology
NSAIDs: Nsaids like Naproxen and Ibuprofen help! also, 10 days of low dose Prozac (fluoxetine) help! talk to your doc!
Answered on Jun 30, 2014
Dr. Suzanne Fiala
29 years experience Family Medicine
Preload: Preload with Naproxen (aleve) 500 mg twice daily for 2 days prior to your period and the first days.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
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Dr. Suzanne Fiala
29 years experience Family Medicine
Aleve (naproxen): Aleve (naproxen) is an anti-prostaglandin and is helpful. Start it 1-2 days prior to the period.
Answered on Nov 25, 2013
Dr. Suzanne Fiala
29 years experience Family Medicine
Vitamin: Vitamin e 500 mg, b complex, vitamin d 1000 mg 1 week prior to period, avoid caffeine.
Answered on Jun 24, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Menstrual: Menstrual pain? Avoid caffeine, alcohol, salt, & chocolate.
Answered on Jul 1, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
To: To reduce menstrual pain, sip chamomile tea.
Answered on Feb 9, 2015
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Period: Period pain: avoid salt.
Answered on Nov 3, 2014
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Period: Period pain: increase physical activity.
Answered on Apr 18, 2015
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Period: Period pain: hydrate well with water. It is counter intuitive.
Answered on Apr 29, 2015
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Period: Period pain: oral contraceptives can help to reduce dysmenorrhea.
Answered on Aug 30, 2020
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Period: Period pain: sipping on warm chamomile tea can help to soothe cramps.
Answered on Jun 26, 2017
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Period: Period pain: ginger can help soothe nausea & cramps.
Answered on Jul 7, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Period: Period pain: green tea can help to relieve cramps. Decaffeinated is best.
Answered on Jul 19, 2018
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Period: Period pain: wear looser clothing if you are bloated.
Answered on May 8, 2016
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Period: Period pain: take a warm shower or soak in the tub to reduce cramps.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Period: Period pain & pms: can be reduced with omega 3 fatty acids.
Answered on Jan 1, 2019
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Period: Period pain & pms: avoid alcohol use.
Answered on Jul 7, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Period: Period pain & pms: avoid junk food.
Answered on Jul 7, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Period: Period pain / pms: magnesium helps reduce symptoms. It can be taken as a supplement or in diet.
Answered on May 10, 2016
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Period: Period pain: massage can be helpful.
Answered on Jul 7, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Period: Period pain: yoga can help. Try the locust pose, head to knee pose, or the bridge pose.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Period: Period pain: avoid tobacco as nicotine can worsen menstrual cramps.
Answered on Jul 7, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Period: Period pain: acupressure can reduce cramps.
Answered on Jul 7, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Period: Period pain: essential oils like lavender, clary sage, & rose hip can help reduce menstrual cramps.
Answered on Jul 7, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Period: Period pain: avoid coffee.
Answered on Jul 4, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Meditation: Meditation can help to dissipate period pain.
Answered on Jul 4, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Period: Period pain: avoid sugar.
Answered on May 9, 2019
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Period: Period pain: avoid caffeine.
Answered on Sep 19, 2014
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Period: Period pain / pms: avoid chocolate.
Answered on Jul 7, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Period: Period pain: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for cramps should be taken w food or milk.
Answered on Jul 7, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Period: Period pain: a hot water bottle or heating pad helps to relieve cramps.
Answered on Jul 7, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Period: Period pain: eat smaller meals but eat more often.
Answered on Nov 26, 2014
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Period: Period pain: lie on side with bent knees or raise legs when lying.
Answered on Aug 15, 2016
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Period: Period pain: start anti-inflammatory medications the day before your anticipated period.
Answered on Jul 7, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Period: Period pain: calcium supplementation is sometimes recommended for pain.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Women: Women feel free to share this with your husbands: period pain can be incapacitating for some women.
Answered on Jul 4, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Period: Period pain: to decrease cramps wear a jacket that covers your abdomen when it is cold out.
Answered on Jan 2, 2015
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Painful: Painful periods? Cut down on the sodas.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
28 years experience Pain Management
Ibuprofen.: Ibuprofen. An anti-inflammatory a good place to start. Blaming adam doesn't help.
Answered on Aug 9, 2013
Dr. Edward Jacobs
45 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
It: It is not necessary to live with menstrual pain. See yr hcp for several medical and hormonal options.
Answered on Aug 20, 2013
Dr. Edward Jacobs
45 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Don't: Don't ignore severe period pain that doesn't respond to therapy. Possibly endometriosis?
Answered on Feb 27, 2018
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Dr. Charlene Sojico
40 years experience Pediatrics
Take: Take pain medications before pain hits you. Avoid salty food
Answered on Jul 24, 2014
Dr. Charlene Sojico
40 years experience Pediatrics
If: If severe enough, birth control pills may help.Motrin( ibuprofen), alleve, midol , tylenol (acetaminophen) pms help.
Answered on Jul 24, 2014
Dr. Charlene Sojico
40 years experience Pediatrics
Take: Take pain medicines regularly first two days, then as needed.Avoid salty foods during your period.
Answered on Jan 4, 2015
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Dr. Charlene Sojico
40 years experience Pediatrics
Take: Take your pain medications before menstrual cramps hit you and continue them on a regular basis.
Answered on Aug 22, 2013
Dr. Charlene Sojico
40 years experience Pediatrics
Do: Do simple exercise before you get your periods.Do not drink tea, coffee, cola, chocolate, cold drink.
Answered on Aug 22, 2013
Dr. Wendy Askew
23 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Menstrual: Menstrual pains can be helped with: nsaids (ibuprofen, advil, alleve), or birth control pills.
Answered on May 8, 2020
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Dr. Ravi Chand
25 years experience Psychiatry
Ibuprofen: Ibuprofen (nsaids), hctz, (hydrochlorothiazide) ssris under strict md guidance can greatly help period pain.
Answered on Oct 21, 2014
Dr. Ravi Chand
25 years experience Psychiatry
Ibuprofen: Ibuprofen (nsaids), hctz, (hydrochlorothiazide) ssris under strict md guidance can greatly help period pain.
Answered on Jun 25, 2014
Dr. Ravi Chand
25 years experience Psychiatry
Ibuprofen: Ibuprofen (nsaids), hctz, (hydrochlorothiazide) ssris under strict md guidance can greatly help period pain.
Answered on Jun 25, 2014
Dr. Harold Peltan
27 years experience Ophthalmology
A: A low carb diet can lessen period symptoms.
Answered on Jun 9, 2019
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Dr. Harold Peltan
27 years experience Ophthalmology
Pain: Pain and cramping can be helped by ibuprofen.
Answered on Feb 12, 2015
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Dr. Harold Peltan
27 years experience Ophthalmology
Focusing: Focusing on a task can help one ignore the pain.
Answered on Oct 27, 2014
Dr. Harold Peltan
27 years experience Ophthalmology
Hot: Hot water bottles can help lessen period pain.
Answered on Feb 2, 2015
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Dr. Harold Peltan
27 years experience Ophthalmology
Do: Do try yoga. Some poses can significantly help period pain, like the cobra and the bow pose.
Answered on Oct 27, 2014
Dr. Harold Peltan
27 years experience Ophthalmology
A: A hot bath can help relaxing cramping muscles and reduce the pain.
Answered on Oct 29, 2014
Dr. Harold Peltan
27 years experience Ophthalmology
Some: Some women find that avoiding caffeine helps reduce cramping and pain.
Answered on Oct 30, 2014
Dr. William Harris
32 years experience Family Medicine
Anaprox (naproxen): Anaprox (naproxen) ds seems to be very specific for the treatment of menstrual pain as compared to other nsaids.
Answered on Sep 8, 2013
Dr. Ravi Chand
25 years experience Psychiatry
As: As needed Motrin can help period pain.
Answered on Jul 18, 2018
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Dr. Zahid Niazi
38 years experience Cosmetic Surgery
Period: Period pain for some athletes is more than just periodic pain, it's a disruption to avoid, to succeed.
Answered on Apr 2, 2015
Dr. Marsha Davis
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Start: Start a regular regimen of aleve (naproxen) or Ibuprofen 2 days prior to the onset of the period. Earlier if ne.
Answered on Apr 10, 2015
Dr. Su Fairchild
23 years experience Integrative Medicine
Iodine: Iodine and magnesium supplementation can help. Do not take too much iodine.
Answered on Jan 19, 2014
Dr. Mohammed Parvez
13 years experience Internal Medicine
You: You don't have ti live with pain each month. Discuss treatment options with your doctor.
Answered on Sep 12, 2013
Dr. Marsha Davis
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Try: Try taking nsaids a couple of days prior to your period and regularly through, do not suffer.
Answered on Sep 3, 2017
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Dr. Marsha Davis
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Take: Take 3 aleve (naproxen) 2 x a day or 4 Ibuprofen 3x a day regularly and a hot bath to relieve pain.
Answered on Jun 28, 2015
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Dr. Marsha Davis
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Start: Start taking aleve (naproxen) or Ibuprofen at least 2 days prior to period to prevent pain, or try ocps.
Answered on Sep 18, 2014
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Dr. Marsha Davis
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Just: Just try to work through it. Take meds when you can and a hot bath with a little lavender helps too.
Answered on Apr 28, 2015
Dr. Zahid Niazi
38 years experience Cosmetic Surgery
Another: Another tip from a patient, "the best way to stop period pain is to stop having periods.".
Answered on Jan 25, 2015
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Dr. Mitchell Vogel
29 years experience Ophthalmology
Find: Find a proper treatment that works for you.
Answered on May 18, 2015
Dr. Vicki Levine
40 years experience Dermatology
Birth: Birth control pill may may work.
Answered on Sep 16, 2013
Dr. Giovanni Marciano
30 years experience Family Medicine
Nsaids: Nsaids.
Answered on Nov 16, 2017
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Dr. Mitchell Vogel
29 years experience Ophthalmology
Find: Find a pain relief method that works for you.
Answered on Mar 7, 2014
Dr. Mitchell Vogel
29 years experience Ophthalmology
Exercise: Exercise helps some people.
Answered on Mar 24, 2015
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Dr. Carlos Satulovsky
27 years experience Psychiatry
Ask: Ask your dr for a more effective med if your usual pill is not enough. Pain is not required.
Answered on Sep 20, 2013
Dr. Shira Miller
24 years experience Internal Medicine
First: First find out the cause. Check your thyroid hormone levels and for wilson's temperature syndrome.
Answered on Sep 16, 2013
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
OTC: Otc meds such as advil and aleve (naproxen) can be quite effective for menstrual pain.Aspirin may work as well.
Answered on Jul 11, 2015
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Most: Most women have less menstrual pain while on the pill. It can be taken even when b/c isn't needed.
Answered on Jul 11, 2015
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
See: See a doctor if your pain is getting progressively worse. You may have endometriosis.
Answered on Dec 10, 2017
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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Don't: Don't be impatient starting the pill for menstrual cramps. It can take several cycles to see change.
Answered on Sep 16, 2013
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
The: The pill can be very helpful, but adding a NSAID at the time of your period will also help.
Answered on Jul 11, 2015
Dr. Ramon Garcia-septien
44 years experience Family Medicine
Go: Go to see you ob/gyn for help with period pain.
Answered on Apr 24, 2015
Dr. Ramon Garcia-septien
44 years experience Family Medicine
Delaying: Delaying your period with birth control pills.
Answered on Apr 24, 2015
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Dr. Ramon Garcia-septien
44 years experience Family Medicine
Take: Take anaprox (naproxen) ds twice a day.
Answered on Apr 24, 2015
Dr. Ramon Garcia-septien
44 years experience Family Medicine
How: How to prevent period cramp take anslgesic.
Answered on Apr 24, 2015
Dr. Ramon Garcia-septien
44 years experience Family Medicine
Learn: Learn about menstrual cramps causes such as lack of exercise, anatomy of the women and conditions.
Answered on Apr 24, 2015
Dr. Ravi Chand
25 years experience Psychiatry
There: There is no specific test for adhd. Observations of doctors, parents, teachers, and others are the b.
Answered on Jun 11, 2017
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Dr. John Holden
33 years experience Fertility Medicine
If: If you don't have periods, you won't have the pain. So take seasonale.
Answered on Jun 29, 2014
Dr. John Holden
33 years experience Fertility Medicine
The: The Mirena (levonorgestrel) intrauterine system curtails or eliminates menses and with it the pain.
Answered on Jan 8, 2015
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Dr. Reena Gupta
18 years experience Dentistry
drink: Drink lots of water.
Answered on Oct 30, 2014
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Dr. Mohammed Parvez
13 years experience Internal Medicine
Avoid: Avoid taking too many otc pain medications. Consult your doctor for advice.
Answered on Sep 18, 2014
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Dr. Caroline Cribari
22 years experience Psychiatry
Take: Take a class and practice mindfulness meditation.
Answered on May 7, 2016
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Dr. Caroline Cribari
22 years experience Psychiatry
SSRI: Ssri and snri medications have been shown to reduce painful menstrual symptoms.
Answered on May 7, 2016
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Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Ignore: You do not have to live with it start aleve (naproxen) 1-2 tabs daily with meals about 2-3 days before period.
Answered on Nov 7, 2013
Dr. Elizabeth Bird
18 years experience Pediatrics
Ignore: Getting enough sleep, exercise and staying well hydrated can help with period pain.
Answered on Nov 7, 2013
Dr. Reena Gupta
18 years experience Dentistry
Ignore: Give yourself enough rest as possible!
Answered on Dec 10, 2013
Dr. Reena Gupta
18 years experience Dentistry
Ignore: Yoga and meditation will help to cope up with period pain.
Answered on Dec 10, 2013
Dr. Reena Gupta
18 years experience Dentistry
Ignore: Hot water bath at night wil help feel fresh...
Answered on Dec 10, 2013
Dr. Nonyelu Anyichie
23 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ignore: Regular exercise prior to period. Heat pad, Ibuprofen or Motrin 2-3 days prior, hormones , massages.
Answered on Jun 30, 2014
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Dr. Rene Perez
10 years experience Cosmetic Surgery
Ignore: 1 to two weeks before expected date of menstruation patient can use NSAID such as Naproxen with food.
Answered on Oct 29, 2015
Dr. Reena Gupta
18 years experience Dentistry
Ignore: Try to keep yourself stress free...
Answered on Dec 10, 2013
Dr. Caroline Cribari
22 years experience Psychiatry
Ignore: Exercise decreases period pain.
Answered on May 7, 2016
Dr. Caroline Cribari
22 years experience Psychiatry
Ignore: Ssri for 5-7 days before period can significantly decrease pmdd symptoms, including pain!
Answered on May 7, 2016
Dr. Caroline Cribari
22 years experience Psychiatry
Ignore: Stay ahead of pain to limit the need for high dosage of medication. Dose before pain gets too high.
Answered on May 7, 2016
Dr. Linda Gromko
47 years experience Family Medicine
Ignore: Regular exercise helps reduce period pain.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Jane Steiner
42 years experience Psychiatry
Ignore: For most women, Ibuprofen 400 to 600mg every 6 hrs during the first 2 or 3 days of a period works.
Answered on Jun 25, 2014
Dr. David Liu
Dr. David Liu answered
18 years experience Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Ignore: Ibuprofen and other similar medications (nsaids) are the first choice for menstrual pain.
Answered on Jun 25, 2014
Dr. Linda Gromko
47 years experience Family Medicine
Ignore: Some women get a jump on menstrual pain by taking Ibuprofen the day before their period starts.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Holly Maes
35 years experience Pediatrics
Ignore: If period pain is causing you to miss a few days every month, consider hormonal therapy.
Answered on Dec 20, 2013
Dr. Robert Kent
11 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Ignore: Sacral inhibition maneuvers can be useful in decreasing dysmenorrhea in some patients.
Answered on Jan 19, 2014
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ignore: For painful periods start with over the counter Ibuprofen as soon as it starts.
Answered on Jun 25, 2014
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ignore: Birth control options can decrease and control the pain associated with your period.
Answered on Dec 24, 2013
Dr. Ted Anderson
27 years experience Gynecology
Ignore: Birth control pills and nsaids are "first line therapy" and really do help period pain.
Answered on Dec 28, 2013
Dr. Ted Anderson
27 years experience Gynecology
Ignore: If birth control pills and nsaids do not make pain manageable, consider possible endometriosis.
Answered on Dec 28, 2013
Dr. Rhonda Simons
14 years experience Family Medicine
Ignore: Keep track of periods with a free smartphone app! start aleve (naproxen) 1 tab twice daily 3 days before due!
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. John Thaler
40 years experience Prosthodontics
Ignore: Stay extremely well hydrated ! try 400 mg Ibuprofen with 325 mg tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain every 6 hours. Heat.
Answered on Jun 25, 2014
Dr. Ronda Alexander
18 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Ignore: Get physically active- the natural endorphins will help the discomfort.
Answered on May 26, 2015
Dr. Linda Gromko
47 years experience Family Medicine
Ignore: Exercise done on a regular basis will help you control your period pain. Who knew?
Answered on Jan 6, 2014
Dr. Gary-Anthony Lawson-Boucher
21 years experience Anesthesiology
Ignore: Ibuprofen 400 mg every 6 hrs plus ginger begin 2 days before period.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
Dr. George Kingsley III
30 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ignore: Heating pad or hot water bottle works better than medication. If still in pain take aleve (naproxen) two/day.
Answered on Jan 21, 2014
Dr. Jane Steiner
42 years experience Psychiatry
Ignore: Ibuprofen really works best for menstrual pain; one can take it in advance to prevent pain.
Answered on Jun 25, 2014
Dr. Jane Steiner
42 years experience Psychiatry
Ignore: Do try 600--800mg Ibuprofen every 4 to 6 hours for pain. Do not take more.
Answered on Jun 25, 2014
Dr. Jane Steiner
42 years experience Psychiatry
Ignore: One can try to use a heating pad for very painful menstrual cramps.
Answered on Jan 24, 2014
Dr. Brian Nguyen
10 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ignore: Warm packs ; regularly scheduled Ibuprofen will be your friends. If periods too heavy/long see an md.
Answered on Jun 25, 2014
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience Family Medicine
Ignore: You don't have to live with it. There is help available. Painkillers like advil or aleve (naproxen) help.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
Dr. Tracy Berg
31 years experience General Surgery
Ignore: Period pain is temporary, not abnormal: use otc remedies, hydrate and carry on. No cure. Be well.
Answered on Feb 16, 2014
Dr. Nonyelu Anyichie
23 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ignore: Warm pad compress, eat small portions, no meds on empty stomach , simple yoga, avoid caffeines, .
Answered on Mar 14, 2014
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
17 years experience Family Medicine
Ignore: Do not ignore pain that is uncharacteristic of your usual menstrual cramping.
Answered on Feb 23, 2014
Dr. Kirstie Cunningham
25 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Possible: Possible over-the-counter period pain treatments include ibuprofen, vit b complex, hot water bottle.
Answered on Feb 28, 2014
Dr. Jane Van Dis
17 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ignore: Believe it or not, exercise can help. As can anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen, 600mg every 8hrs.
Answered on Mar 2, 2014
Dr. Dale Kristle
39 years experience Gynecology
Ignore: Start taking Aleve (naproxen) of Motrin regularly a few days before your period to decrease painful periods.
Answered on Jul 27, 2014
Dr. Mary David
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ignore: NSAIDS work best for menstrual pain if started the day before your period starts.
Answered on Jun 19, 2015
Dr. Elizabeth Reynoso
16 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ignore: Take motrin right when the first signs of cramping start, don't wait until the cramps are severe.
Answered on Feb 25, 2018
Dr. Aveshen Govender
Specializes in General Practice
Ignore: Doing mild exercise like stretches and walking can improve pelvic blood flow and reduce pain.
Answered on Jan 7, 2019
Dr. Aveshen Govender
Specializes in General Practice
Ignore: Taking a warm bath or shower can reduce pain.
Answered on Jan 7, 2019

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