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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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Managing Menstrual Cramps (Checklist)

Track your periods
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Rate your pain
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Tell your gyn what works for your pain
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Try taking NSAIDs the day before your period starts, if you can take them
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Is it true that tampons can make menstrual cramps worse?

Is it true that tampons can make menstrual cramps worse?

Tampons: For some women, using tampons can make their menstrual cramps worse because of a drying effect it has on the uterus. Also, if not changed promptly, pain and/or infection can ensue ...Read more

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Managing Menstrual Cramps (Checklist)

Try non steroidal anti inflammatory medications (ex Ibuprofen)
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Consider birth control options to suppress the menstrual cycle
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Consider a hormone-free medication like Lysteda when period starts
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Ask your Obgyn if you might have endometriosis
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Is it possible for you to still get menstrual cramps even after a hysterectomy?

Is it possible for you to still get menstrual cramps even after a hysterectomy?

Abdominal pain: If your ovaries were left behind at the time of hysterectomy, you might get pain coming from them if you develop an ovarian cyst or torsion of the ovaries. Also have in mind gastrointestinal conditions that can mimick cramps like constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, intestinal adhesions , bladder infections etc. ...Read more

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My menstrual cramps are very painful, i get very blooded. What can I take to help me out for this.

NSAIDS: Nsaids like advil/motrin/ibuprofen are great for treating menstrual cramps. These are over the counter and are pretty inexpensive. Some people can't take these medications, so check with your doctor to see if these medications are safe for you to take. ...Read more

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Managing Menstrual Cramps (Checklist)

Use ibuprofen as needed
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Start ibuprofen 1 day prior to onset of menstruation
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Drink plenty of water
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Call your doctor if home treatment isn't helping
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I'm 22 years old n want to get rid of menstrual cramps.. Suggest some natural solutions..

I'm 22 years old n want to get rid of menstrual cramps.. Suggest some natural solutions..

Magnesium,homeopathy: I agree with Dr. Robinson's excellent advice. See http://wellnessmama.com/7199/pms-cramps-remedies/ for more on supplements, herbs and diet changes. Magnesium, esp. as taurate or glycinate often helps. Also consider homeopathy- ideally see a homeopath but you could try on your own: http://treatment.hpathy.com/homeo-medicine/homeopathy-menstrual-cramps/ Acupuncture/Chinese herbs can also help. ...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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