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What can I take in case of painful menses?

What can I take in case of painful menses?

Pain: 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. ...Read more

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Menstrual Cycle (Definition)

The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...Read more


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I have very painful menses experience from day 1 to 3. Any remedy to lessen the pain?:(

I have very painful menses experience from day 1 to 3. Any remedy to lessen the pain?:(

Dysmenorrhea: Dysmenorrhea (or painful periods) is a medical condition of pain during menstruation that interferes with daily activities. This is a common occurrence in many women. Discuss with your dr. As there are several medications that are approved to help with this condition and can make your life more tolerable at the beginning of your period. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Cure for painful menses while on birth control pill?

Cure for painful menses while on birth control pill?

Several solutions: First, you should use an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) like ibuprofen or naproxen, which you can get over the counter. I think naproxen (Aleve) works better and it's longer lasting. Second, if that's not enough, you can talk to your doctor about getting a prescription for stronger pain medication, like hydrocodone. Finally, consider a change in your birth control pill. See your doc! ...Read more

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I m 16 yrs old with pcos i hve irregular painful menses acne low fever weak stomach nausea are all my symptoms related to pcos? Im taking metamorfin

I m 16 yrs old with pcos i hve irregular painful menses acne low fever weak stomach nausea are all my symptoms related to pcos? Im taking metamorfin

PCOS: Pcos can cause increased hair growth and irregular periods you could have nausea at mid cycle occasionally but nausea could be due to metformin reduced doses extended release forms or taking after meals should help you are 16 work on a good life style exercise low fat diet should help. ...Read more

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I'm having dysmenorrhea; its so painful compared to my other periods?

I'm having dysmenorrhea; its so painful compared to my other periods?

Progesterone!: Try having your doctor write for Progesterone 100-200mg at night for the last 14 days of your cycle. Start day 15. Remember, have her write for Progesterone not progestin. She can write for name brand prometrium (micronized progesterone). Exercising regularly may also help. Good luck! ...Read more

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How is dysmenorrhea treated (chronic & extreme painful periods)?

Check up first: First step is to see a doctor to know why the periods are so painful to better know which treatments will help. Treatment options include birth control pills, Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud, endometrial ablation, lupron, Depo-Provera provera, laparoscopy, anti prostaglandins (such as Ibuprofen ) or hysterectomy. Work with a doctor to figure out which options are best. ...Read more

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Is there a solution to a problem periods dysmenorrhea?

Is there a solution to a problem periods dysmenorrhea?

Yes !!!: See you gyn, you need a work up and if you want to preserve your fertility there are meds you can take, if you do not want to have any more children then for my pts I do office tubals and then you can have an endometrial ablation- which is a short 8 minute offfice procedure to either totally get rid of periods which are worthless after child bearing is over or make them much lighter. ...Read more

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Can dysmenorrhea occur between periods as well as during periods?

Can dysmenorrhea occur between periods as well as during periods?

Not typically: Primary Dysmenorrhoea (painful periods) is fairly common and usually starts with (or shortly before) the period and last for up to a few days. Secondary Dysmennorhoea is suspected if you have a change to the pattern / pain of your periods, abnormal bleeding or pain between periods. See your Dr for review http://patient.info/health/period-pain-dysmenorrhoea. Ovulation pain may also be a factor ...Read more

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Dr prescribed me xulane for acne & dysmenorrhea. Do I have to leave it off every once a mo? I don’t want periods.

Dr prescribed me xulane for acne & dysmenorrhea. Do I have to leave it off every once a mo? I don’t want periods.

No: It is safe to continue to use the active patches and skip the period week, which is similar to the long acting combiination bc pills or skipping the placebo pills on the 28 day packs., There may be some spotting after a few months, and taking a med break to bring on a full period may help. You may find a problem with insurance payment, however, in getting refills earlier than 28 days. ...Read more

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Can mefenamic acid affect on the bleeding of menstrual cycle when they are given in the dysmenorrhea ?

Can mefenamic acid affect on the bleeding of menstrual cycle when they are given in the dysmenorrhea ?

Yes: This medication decreases pain and bleeding during the menstrual cycle. It's a great tool for those women in whom a common medication like Ibuprofen hasn't done enough to help with either bleeding or pain/cramping. Good luck and hope that answers your question. ...Read more

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I have primary dysmenorrhea. Last month i came on 2 weeks after my periods but had no cramps which has never happened. Could i b pregnant?

I have primary dysmenorrhea. Last month i came on 2 weeks after my  periods but had no cramps which has never happened. Could i b pregnant?

I don't believe that: I understand what you are trying to describe. If you had a period then you are not pregnant from sexual activity that occurred prior to the period. If you aren't sure if you had a period then go ahead and take a home pregnancy test. Lack of cramping does not equate to pregnancy however. ...Read more

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How will smoking, drinking, hormone imbalance, irregular periods and intake of contraceptives affect the treatment for dysmenorrhea?

Several issues: Dysmenorrhea is a common problem for women as they approach menopause. The birth control pill can be very helpful to control this. Women who are in their late 40's are perimenopausal, meaning close to menopause. At this time, your body is more sensitive to poor behaviors such as smoking and alcohol. You will feel best with a healthy diet and exercising, not smoking, and no excessive alcohol. ...Read more

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Dysmenorrhea-painful menstruation. Amenorrhea-no pain?

Dysmenorrhea-painful menstruation. Amenorrhea-no pain?

Makes sense: You should see your gyn for a workup, and then if everything is ok, you do not need to have periods, you can take continuous bc pills so u do not get a period, or depo- Provera (medroxyprogesterone) or other meds no need to suffer. ...Read more

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Im having dysmenorrhea every month signaling the start of my menstruation. Its very painful. How will it stop?

Im having dysmenorrhea every month signaling the start of my menstruation. Its very painful. How will it stop?

NSAIDS: If your period is predictable, you can start taking an anti-inflammatory medication like Naproxen or Ibuprofen at the first sign of crampin. Starting the medicine before the pain becomes intense will help keep it under better control. Heating pads are also very helpful. Birth control pills and the Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud also improve these symptoms. ...Read more

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How common is it to have painful breast 15days after ur menses or I am sick?

How common is it to have painful breast 15days after ur menses or I am sick?

VERY normal!: In cycle, hormones rise to release an egg; if it doesn't get fertilized and stick to our uterus = not pregnant = have a period. Those hormones have powerful effects on our breasts, too. Our breasts make milk every day, and more when we have high levels of hormones. Making more milk stretches those tissues, which leads to tenderness. Use moist heat, advil, (ibuprofen) and relax -- you are fine. Good luck. ...Read more

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I usually have my menses with pelvic cramps and painful breast last september i did not have pelvic cramps but had painful breast why so?

I usually have my menses with pelvic cramps and painful breast last september i did not have pelvic cramps but had painful breast why so?

Variable: Biology is not linear. All biological functions including menses vary within intervals of function. The sept menses wasn't accompanied by enough prostaglandin release to cause cramps, but enough prolactin and lh release to cause mastodynia. ...Read more

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Painful gas stuck in my intestines during menses.it makes my tummy ache so bad.why?

Painful gas stuck in my intestines during menses.it makes my tummy ache so bad.why?

Nature: At the time of the menses your body is producing more prostaglandins. Those prostaglandins can cause intestinal cramps, colic, and often causes diarrhea. An anti-prostaglandin medication (Ibuprofen, Naproxen, etc) can be quite helpful for those symptoms. Most women have improvement in those symptoms when taking the pill. ...Read more

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Doc mention i may have kryxia, but what is that? How do i spell it? i have dysmenorrhea, spotting and painful bowel movement during period.

Doc mention i may have kryxia, but what is that? How do i spell it? i have dysmenorrhea, spotting and painful bowel movement during period.

Unknown word: I googled the term kryxia and it does not show up. Clarify with your doctor what your diagnosis is and then we will be happy to answer your questions. ...Read more

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Could painful muscles, clicking, grating shoulder, sore throat and fatigue be anything to do with impending menses. How to stop it?

Could painful muscles, clicking, grating shoulder, sore throat and fatigue be anything to do with impending menses. How to stop it?

Doubtful: This does not sound like anything associated with your menstrual cycle. This is more likely viral and musculoskeletal ( your shoulder problem). See your primary care provider for an exam and diagnosis to find out how to feel better fast. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I am experiencing regular menstrual periods, and painful menstrual bleeding.

I am experiencing regular menstrual periods, and painful menstrual bleeding.

Time to see GYN MD: t is now time to see a GYN MD at your earliest convenience and obtain a pap smear and begin the process of finding out why the periods are painful. There are several causes for the same, but the number one diagnosis is usually Endometriosis after documentation by the MD. Oral contraceptive Rx is usually a place to bring immediate pain relief. ...Read more

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Why are my periods are very heavy and painful two years after my IUD was inserted?

Why are my periods are very heavy and painful two years after my IUD was inserted?

Many reasons.: Perhaps the iud has caused chronic endometritis and/or erosion into your myometrium. Other causes: weight gain may be leading to anovulatory cycles and endometrial hyperplasia, endometrial polyps, fibroids may have developed in the past two years, or you may be taking some medication now that contributes to this (e.g. Ssris for depression inhibit platelets and can make your period heavy/painful. ...Read more

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I am experiencing early menstrual periods, painful menstrual bleeding and shorter periods?

I am experiencing early menstrual periods, painful menstrual bleeding and shorter periods?

Irregular periods: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Many of the common birth control methods can be very effective. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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I get canker sores all the time and they stay for really long periods of time, how can I make it less painful?

I get canker sores all the time and they stay for really long periods of time, how can I make it less painful?

Laser therapy: Some dentists use laser therapy to speed up healng of canker sores. A home remedy is mixing Benadryl (diphenhydramine) with pepto bysmol ( 50/50) and swishing to reduce the pain and coat the sores. ...Read more

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I want to know if I can have problem if my menstrual cycle is very painful and if that will affect me to have a baby in the future?

Probably not.: Painful menstrual cycles is called dysmenorrhea and can be normal. It may be wise to see yor doctor to be evaluated and discuss planning for pregnancy though. ...Read more

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Two periods in one month a week apart the second one is brown/black blood with this mucus like brown cloud and very painful please help?

Two periods in one month a week apart the second one is brown/black blood with this mucus like brown cloud and very painful please help?

Exam: I am sorry to hear about the inconvenience and pain of your second period. While it's not terribly uncommon for us women to occasionally have an abnormal period or cycle and bleed more than once one month at times during our reproductive years or have irregular bleeding, this black blood and extreme pain is not "normal." See your doc so she can examine you and rule out something more serious ...Read more

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I haven't seen my periods in 5 months, although its usually very painful, and I have abnorminal pain even without periods, is it endometrosis?

I haven't seen my periods in 5 months, although its usually very painful, and I have  abnorminal pain even without periods, is it endometrosis?

Lack of ovulation: If you are not pregnant (do not just assume this) then a lack of a period means that you are not ovulating. This is called secondary amenorrhea and should be worked up by your ob/gyn. This is a straightforward workup. It is not healthy for the uterus to not cycle. The lack of a cycle is not related to endometriosis. ...Read more

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39 years old. Long history of painful, heavy regular periods and getting worse. Had sono yesterday found 6mm polyp/normal lining. Any opinion ?

Polyp: Polyps of the endometrium are very common. They may or may not be the cause of your heavy flow. A hysteroscopy can be performed to remove the polyp. If this helps than you know the heavy flow was related to the polyp. However, polyps can reoccur. As stated above, polyps are not uncommon , are usually benign, and may not be the source of bleeding. ...Read more

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