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How to remove menstrual cramps?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Menstrual cramps: Try: omega- 3 fatty acids or magnesium (supplementation or through diet) with your doctor’s approval. Nsaid'scan help with pain. Discuss use of a traditional herbal like black cohosh with your doctor. Chamomile tea can be soothing. Sipping green tea can also dissipate pain. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, extra salt. A warm heating pad is beneficial. Acupuncture is excellent for dysmenorrhea.
Dr. Sharonda Alston Taylor
Pediatrics 20 years experience
NSAIDs include ibuprofen and naproxen. These medication keep your body from making the chemical that is causes most of the symptoms. It's best to start any treatment for cramps when they are very mild. Treats will seem less effective if you wait until you are in a lot of pain. As always, talk to your doctor.
Jul 19, 2014

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Why do you have menstrual cramps?

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Dr. Hugo Ribot
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Prostaglandins: During the period, a physiologic process occurs which leads to the sloughing (shedding) of the inner lining of the uterus, known as the endometrium. What facilitates this involves the production of very powerful chemicals by the body known as prostaglandins. These produce very strong contractions of the uterus which in some women can be as painful as labor. This also explains menstrual diarrhea.

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