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Menstrual (Definition)

Menstrual refers to the monthly cycle in women which prepares the female for ovulation, generally once per month, which is that time of month that the egg can be fertilized by the male sperm, for the purpose of reproduction. Menstrual cycles start at the first day of menstruation. (it's always been curious to me that 'menstrual' and ...Read more


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I get really painful menstrual cramps and have tried cocodamol, ibuprofen and naproxen. Nothing is working, is there anything I can try?

I get really painful menstrual cramps and have tried cocodamol, ibuprofen and naproxen. Nothing is working, is there anything I can try?

Need exam: Those must be very painful cramps to not be controlled with those meds. Your symptroms are not common, it is time to find out why --get an exam. ...Read more

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I have terrible menstrual cramps. I've tried taking things like Tylenol (acetaminophen) and midol, but it doesn't help. What else can I try?

I have terrible menstrual cramps. I've tried taking things like Tylenol (acetaminophen) and midol, but it doesn't help. What else can I try?

For any medications: To work effectively , they have to be the right dosage and taken on a regular basis. At times these may not work, you will then need to discuss with your physician for alternatives. Possibly work up to find cause for severe dysmenorrhea. Birth control pills have been prescribed for this . Please consult with your doctor to discuss pros and cons. ...Read more

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I have really severe menstral cramps. I have to take 5 Advil (ibuprofen) liquid gels to get some relief. Is there anything you can recommend?

I have really severe  menstral cramps. I have to take 5 Advil (ibuprofen) liquid gels to get some relief. Is there anything you can recommend?

Premedicate: Begin taking Ibuprofen or aleve (naproxen) twice a day 5 days before your next period should come. Continue taking the medication regularly throughout the first 3 days of your period. You should also have an OB/GYN evaluate the cause of these severe cramps to see if a hormonal therapy would be beneficial. ...Read more

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Are naproxen sodium tablets safe to take for severe menstral contraction like cramps? Anything else that would work better& not have bad side affects

Medicinal cannabis: I have several females with premenstrual pain disorder who have been helped by medicinal cannabis (use only in state where legal and under direction of a doctor). In my experience women with joint hypermobility syndrome (jhs) are particularly subject to greater intensity of pain in first days of menses, when hormone relaxin is secreted and further loosens pelvic joints. ...Read more

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My period cramps are killing me I feel like I want to throw up. OTC meds aren't helping. What can I do? I have some muscle relaxers is it ok to take?

Some great: effective help for period cramps are natural treatments. Many patients state that they don't even have cramps anymore due to the effectiveness! Check with your healthcare provider for more info. Best wishes! ...Read more

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What can I take when getting headaches/migraines while pregnant? Excedrin is the only OTC that's truly worked for me but I can't take it anymore.

What can I take when getting headaches/migraines while pregnant? Excedrin is the only OTC that's truly worked for me but I can't take it anymore.

Migraine - pregnancy: Headaches are a common complaint during pregnancy and most pregnant women can safely take Tylenol (acetaminophen). Most of the other medications used are problematic. .For more information bring up your concerns with your gynecologist or OB-GYN. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can take for naseau over the counter? Not pepto bismal, it doesn't work..

Is there anything I can take for naseau over the counter? Not pepto bismal, it doesn't work..

Nausea: Tums/maalox, any bismuth alternative. Maybe it is something you are eating making u nauseous...Or meds...Or pregnancy? Milk seems soothing but can also cause GI upset. Go with a bland diet. Tea, toast, apple sauce, bananas, rice. ...Read more

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My doctor precribe me naproxen for my menstrual cycle but that seem to not work. I took two pills and a aleve. Is it bad to take three pills. And what?

My doctor precribe me naproxen for my menstrual cycle but that seem to not work. I took two pills and a aleve. Is it bad to take three pills. And what?

Follow Rx: If your menstrual cramping is not relieved by the rx given to you, i would let your physician know, so s/he can continue to properly treat your condition. Taking an aleve, (naproxen) which is basically the same family as naprosyn wouold not be recommended to do when you are already rx'd the naprosyn. Good luck. ...Read more

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Uti given antibiotics and another prescription to help with how uncomfortable i am. Stomach feels like cramps x 100. Is there anything i can take/do?

Uti given antibiotics and another prescription to help with how uncomfortable i am. Stomach feels like cramps x 100. Is there anything i can take/do?

UTI vs antibiotic : It can be due to UTI itself or side effect of antibiotics. Drinking water and may be an antacid should help to relieve the pain. Talk to your doctor if not better or worse. ...Read more

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I have really BAD insomnia and I wanted to try to take some meds for it what is a good over the counter drug that is light on the stomach/non drowy?

I have really BAD insomnia and I wanted to try to take some meds for it what is a good over the counter drug that is light on the stomach/non drowy?

Melatonin is option: Maintain a regular bedtime and awakening time schedule including weekends. Get up about the same time every day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime many include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to soothing music. 3. Sleep in a room that is dark, quiet, comfortable, and cool; >>. ...Read more

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I am allergic to motrin. I have a really severe headache and tylenol (acetaminophen) is not helping. Is there anything else i can take that will help?

I am allergic to motrin. I have a really severe headache and tylenol (acetaminophen) is not helping. Is there anything else i can take that will help?

Yes, but...: It's best to see your doctor to figure why you're getting such bad headaches. Things like stress, certain medications, and particular foods can trigger migraines. There are prescription meds to help knock out migraines and daily meds if needed to prevent them. Meds like tramadol are non-nsaids (no motrin) stronger than tylenol (acetaminophen) and non narcotics available by prescription. ...Read more

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I get really bad period cramps is there anything i can do to make it hurt less other then taking medicine?

I get really bad period cramps  is there anything i can do to make it hurt less other then taking medicine?

Period pain TX:: 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. ...Read more

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Can you please recommend some effective menstrual cramp relief remedies that really work?

Can you please recommend some effective menstrual cramp relief remedies that really work?

Cramps: Consider omega- 3 fatty acids or magnesium (supplementation or through diet) with dr ok. Discuss use of herbal like black cohosh with your dr. Sipping chamomile & green tea can dissipate pain. Avoid caffeine, chocolate, alcohol & salt. Nsaid’s, warm bath, heating pad & acupuncture are excellent for dysmenorrhea. Get gyn eval – check magnesium & iodine levels & to rule out underlying pathology. ...Read more

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What are some OTC ideas to lighten a really heavy period so i can swim?

What are some OTC ideas to lighten a really heavy period so i can swim?

Please see your gyn: No otc will help that and u need a proper workup to determine the cause and to make sure u have nothing that would require any type of surgery like a fibroid or an endometrial polyp, etc, and once u have had a proper workup by your gyn and if u don't need any type of surgery, your gyn can get u on the proper treatment to make your periods have less blood loss. ...Read more

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Menstrual Pain (Definition)

A painful cramping sensation in the lower abdomen occuring just before or during the menses. It can be associated with other symptoms including, but not limited to. Headache, ...Read more