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My period ended there days ago, and now I am having cramps that feel like menstrual cramps. I've noticed light pink blood or discharge when i wipe.

My period ended there days ago, and now I am having cramps that feel like menstrual cramps. I've noticed light pink blood or discharge when i wipe.

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. Infections & hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test . There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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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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Can running trigger cramps (feels like bad menstrual cramps and need to use restroom and have gas) approx 1 week before period. Normal? Exam needed?

Can running trigger cramps (feels like bad menstrual cramps and need to use restroom and have gas) approx 1 week before period. Normal? Exam needed?

Good hydration: Make sure that you hydrate well before, during and after strenuous exertion. V8 or Naked Juice actually have more minerals and vitamins than sports drinks do. Dehydration and / or mineral deficiency(ies) are major contributors to muscle cramps. Strenuous exertion can cause dehydration or mineral losses that lead to cramps. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel cramps (like menstrual cramps) in early pregnancy stage)? I've been having some cramps but no period. Last menses nov 5 2013.

Is it normal to feel cramps (like menstrual cramps) in early pregnancy stage)? I've been having some cramps but no period. Last menses nov 5 2013.

Can be normal: It can be very normal to have some fairly strong cramps during early pregnancy, it is extremely common. There is the very small chance that it could indicate a problem with the pregnancy, and so you should see your ob/gyn for an exam and sonogram to ensure nothing is wrong and the baby is developing appropriately. If you have spotting, or heavier bleeding, call you doctor right away. ...Read more

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Really severe cramps in my lower right side on and off for three days that feel like menstrual cramps but are not. Should i be worried?

Really severe cramps in my lower right side on and off for three days that feel like menstrual cramps but are not. Should i be worried?

It may be : A uti, it may be an ovarian cyst, constipation or in a bad case scenario a pregnancy in the tube. Get a upt and make sure that's not it. Otherwise make an appt this week, if pos get in asap. ...Read more

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Does IBS cramping feel like menstrual cramps?

Does IBS cramping feel like menstrual cramps?

Not necessarily: Most people with ibs symptoms experience abdominal cramping that is oftentimes relieved with a bowel movement - which is often loose and has a sudden onset after certain foods or stressors. Menstrual cramps are usually more lengthy and are unrelated to the GI tract. ...Read more

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Today I have been experiencing mild pulls in my lower middle abdomen. What could this be? Does not feel like menstrual cramps.

Today I have been experiencing mild pulls in my lower middle abdomen. What could this be? Does not feel like menstrual cramps.

IBS or muscle pull: Cramps in a young person can be a feature of irritable bowel if no other alarm symptoms are present (I.e., bloody stools, weight loss). It can also be abdominal wall muscle strain if certain positions make the pain worse. ...Read more

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Have large cyst on left ovary.its 27.just started having horrendous pain over ovary feel like menstrual cramps. What do I need to do.pain getting wors?

Have large cyst on left ovary.its 27.just started having horrendous pain over ovary feel like menstrual cramps. What do I need to do.pain getting wors?

Get seen now...: One potential complication with ovarian cysts, especially those that are large, is an ovarian torsion( the ovary cord twists around itself) which requires emergency evaluation and management. If you are having that severe pain then you should go now to the ED for immediate evaluation and treatment. Other possibilities: infection, abscess, ovarian rupture or hemorrhage. ...Read more

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Does symptoms for ovarian cancer feel like menstrual cramps?

Does symptoms for ovarian cancer feel like menstrual cramps?

Most of the time: Ovarian cancers grow silently with out any symptoms , a silent killer of woman , how ever few may get cramps in later stages, see your gynecologist for check up. ...Read more

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While i run i get cramps in my lower abdomen that feel like menstrual cramps. I've met numerous runners with this same problem.

While i run i get cramps in my lower abdomen that feel like menstrual cramps. I've met numerous runners with this same problem.

Cramps and running: It is difficult to say if the sensation you are describing is coming for your genital tract ( uterus etc) vs your intestinal tract. Cramping from the uterus responds very well to anti- inflammatory meds like Ibuprofen or aleve (naproxen). You may try pre- run treating yourself with one of them to see if it helps. ...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