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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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Menstrual pain hello, for a few years now my menstrual cycle has gotten worse each year. I have one good week out of a month, the rest of the time i get pre cramps and during cramps. I get nausea no vomiting. Pain during sexual intercourse. I have also

The : The bulk of your answer is coming from dr. Salisbury. I just wanted to add to the excellent information that she provided. In conjunction with a comprehensive assessment and any recommendations by your doctor, you may wish to consider adjunctive medical acupuncture treatment. It has been practiced for thousands of years in china and there are excellent protocols for cramping. ...Read more

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My wife has been having extremely painful stomach cramps. Possibly menstrual cramps. It happens every time, but seem to be getting worse. What to do?

My wife has been having extremely painful stomach cramps. Possibly menstrual cramps. It happens every time, but seem to be getting worse. What to do?

Go see her doctor: You didn't mention how long your wife has been having these stomach cramps, just that they're getting worse every time. Not sure from who she got her hydrocodone ; Ibuprofen but it's time for her to go see her family doc or gyn ; get evaluated rather than try to mask w/more pain medication. ...Read more

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Could the pain I am having be more then menstrual cramps. Always get them but never this bad. Feeling on lower right side more and in back. ?

Could the pain I am having be more then menstrual cramps. Always get them but never this bad. Feeling on lower right side more and in back.  ?

Endometriosis: Pain during the period may be a sign of endometriosis especially if the period is very painful. Although endometriosis is not a life-threatening condition it can cause severe pelvic pain. But there are other reasons for increased pain during the period including infections and fibroids. I would go see a gynecologist in person to find out if there is anything that needs to be treated. ...Read more

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I get menstrual cramps but nothing comes down the cramps are just there what could this be?

I get menstrual cramps but nothing comes down the cramps are just there what could this be?

No ovulation: It is common for some women to have irregular periods. This is usually due to irregular ovulation. Schedule a visit with an obgyn for testing. They will likely test you for something called pcos as well as thyroid disease and a prolactin level. Birth control will usually regulate the menstrual cycle. ...Read more

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What to do if i get really bad menstrual cramps, what can I do to make it less painful?

What to do if i get really bad menstrual cramps, what can I do to make it less painful?

Several choices: If not on birth control pills that is a good start especially taking them intentionally not to have periods. Very safe. Many women benefit from the hormone iud. If periods are regular starting a Motrin or Ibuprofen product several days in advance sometimes helps. Some women (usually older than you) develop a condition called adenomyosis. Not dangerous but harder to control. Suggest sono if persist. ...Read more

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What are some tried and true ways to get of menstrual cramps?

Birth control pill: The pill is usually the first choice to manage cramps. Short of that, try starting an analgesic like Motrin or advil on a regular schedule before your period starts and continue through the period. It is always more effective to prevent pain from the beginning rather than chasing it after it starts. ...Read more

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Does stress make menstrual cramps worse ?

Consider it: Consider stress as a potential source for making anything worse. Stress is known to influence physiologic processes, so it would be no surprise that it can make your cramping worse. Try and identify your stressors and if possible, address them to eliminate them. If unable to, consider ways to relieve your stress such as exercise, meditation, or therapy. ...Read more

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Menstrual Pain (Definition)

Menstrual pain is also known as Period pain. 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


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Dysmenorrhea (Definition)

Dysmenorrhea is a term for pain during menstruation and may indicate menstrual cramps or may ...Read more


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