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A 23-year-old female asked:

Are period cramps worse during teenage years? i used to get bad cramps as a teenager which slowed down in my 20s. could it be endometriosis?

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Dr. John Berryman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 54 years experience
Endometriosis ?: Because a young teen age woman is unfamiliar with the effects of larger doses of hormones produced in the menstrual cycle, the effects seem stronger than when regular cycles predominate in one's 20's and up. Endometriosis is treated well with low dose oral contraceptives, and fertility is preserved better than with untreated endometriosis, which can seriously affect fertility negatively.

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