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Do menstrual cramps go away after the birth of your first baby?

Do menstrual cramps go away after the birth of your first baby?

Sometimes: Pregnancy can change your menstrual pattern, both for the good and for the worse. Some women find their periods become easier and lighter, others find the reverse. ...Read more

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 I get prescribed medication for severe menstrual cramps if I don't want birth control? If so, what are some safe meds?

Can I get prescribed medication for severe menstrual cramps if I don't want birth control? If so, what are some safe meds?

Yes: Birth control pills (containing hormones) can be used to help other conditions besides birth control. The pills can help women with acne, frequent periods, heavy periods, etc... If one just wants non-hormonal medication for menstrual cramps, a primary care doctor or an ob-gyn doctor can help, after an evaluation to be sure nothing unusual is happening in the body. ...Read more

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I have extremely painful menstrual cramps for 2-3 weeks out of every month. I'm currently on birth control. What could this be?

I have extremely painful menstrual cramps for 2-3 weeks out of every month. I'm currently on birth control. What could this be?

JHS: 29 yo bemoans intense menstrual pain. I have noted this symptom in women who have inherited ligament laxity found in Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (see Brighton Criteria). Around menses hormone Relaxin is secreted & further loosens ligaments. Lumbar and pelvic muscles probably become painful & spastic holding the loose pelvis together. ...Read more

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How can she treat extremely painful menstrual cramps? (She started taking birth control again roughly 3 weeks ago.) Also, she's on a smoothie diet.

How can she treat extremely painful menstrual cramps? (She started taking birth control again roughly 3 weeks ago.) Also, she's on a smoothie diet.

Menstrual cramps: If her period is already regular taking ibuprofen or aleve (naproxen) 1 day before her period starts might prevent the cramps, but now she is on birth control pills that will help even more. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have severe menstrual cramps that have me doubling over in pain. I don't want birth control. I read that there is a way to remove some of the lining?

Not at age 19: Endometrial ablation is designed for treating heavy or abnormal periods of women where there is not a pathologic cause. Those women are usually older then 40 and not of reproductive age. Moreover, even if ablations are done, severe cramping can still occur. You need to go see a GYN MD and find out why the cramps are so severe as there is usually a cause and solution. (Rx) ...Read more

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Feeling a lot of menstrual cramps after starting birth control pills, is it supposed to be like this?

Feeling a lot of menstrual cramps after starting birth control pills, is it supposed to be like this?

Give it time: Usually cramps improve after starting the pill, mostly because menstrual flow is decreased. Since you are just starting you should wait a few cycles for your body to adjust to it. ...Read more

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Hello. I recently stopped taking the birth control pill (2 or 3 months ago) and this month the menstrual cramps I am experiencing are really severe.?

Dysmenorrhea: Birth control pills not only regulate and lighten your period but they do markedly decrease the cramps that accompany it. Dysmenorrhea is the name for painful periods, and you may want to consider resuming your pills if your periods continue to be very painful ...Read more

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Mild like menstrual cramps on birth control 5 days in. Been on it for long time. Switched to generic brand. Feel like I'm on period but not. Not preg

Mild like menstrual cramps on birth control 5 days in. Been on it for long time. Switched to generic brand. Feel like I'm on period but not. Not preg

Pelvic pain: Pelvic pain is complex as there are several organs in the pelvis. The ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, bladder, appendix, intestines, colon and rectum can all be the source. Pelvic pain requires and examination to help organize the evaluation. Switching to a generic pill should not be related if chemically it is the same as the name brand. ...Read more

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I stopped taking birth control pills almost a month ago. Ever since, I occasionally experience cramping that feels similar to menstrual cramps. Normal?

Yes: Now that you are off the pill your ovaries are starting to cycle and ovulate again, and you should be getting a period, probably soon. The cramping you are feeling is probably related. If your periods don't return within 2 or 3 months you should be checked. ...Read more

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Is it safe for me taking birth control pills for severe menstrual cramps caused by endometriosis at age 42?

Is it safe for me taking birth control pills for severe menstrual cramps caused by endometriosis at age 42?

Yes and no: Birth control pills to help with endometriosis symptoms have estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen is associated with clots in the legs - what is called increasing hypercoagulation. If a person also smokes or has other conditions that increase likelihood of clots, taking pills will really increase the risk. Just being forty however is not necessarily something thatshould prevent taking pills. ...Read more

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I'm on birth control pills. I never got menstrual cramps before them but now I do, even in-between periods. They're not very strong but is it normal?

Maybe: Women all feel different things on the pill. Usually there is an adjustment time on time on the pill that can last 3-6 months. ...Read more

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I have really bad menstrual cramps. Like too the point where I cry. But my mom won't let me do birth control. What is therr I can do too help pain?

I have really bad menstrual cramps. Like too the point where I cry. But my mom won't let me do birth control. What is therr I can do too help pain?

Yes: 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 ; green tea can dissipate pain. Ginger helps w nausea. ...Read more

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I have been having severe menstrual cramps, vomiting, and fatigue ever since getting off birth control. Besides getting back on it, what are my options?

I have been having severe menstrual cramps, vomiting, and fatigue ever since getting off birth control. Besides getting back on it, what are my options?

See below: Sounds like some heavy duty symptoms that could be pms/pmdd. Blocking ovulation can help (any variety) or your can take medications in the antidepressant family to help even out your hormones. ...Read more

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I have severe endometriosis and pelvic pain I'm having awful pre-menstrual cramps if I start birth control today will it stop my period/give me relief?

I have severe endometriosis and pelvic pain I'm having awful pre-menstrual cramps if I start birth control today will it stop my period/give me relief?

Maybe: The oral contraceptive is the first choice to relieve your symptoms. A 2nd choice is a GnRh Agonist medication that will stop your periods for up to six months providing relief as well. Consult with your GYN MD for the use of Synarel (nafarelin) or Lupron medications if needed. ...Read more

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Severe menstrual cramps. Even my bones hurt in pelvis. Birth control doesn't help. I feel like I am in labor. Doc can't find reason why.

Severe menstrual cramps. Even my bones hurt in pelvis. Birth control doesn't help. I feel like I am in labor. Doc can't find reason why.

I'm sure your DR: Has ruled out the possibilities of fibroids, ovarian cyst and endometriosis. Ask for stronger pain meds. Take care! Http://www. Medicinenet. Com/script/main/mobileart. Asp? Articlekey=9814&page=1. ...Read more

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I've heard your menstrual cramps usually go away after you have your first child. Is it true, and why?

Open cervical os: The process of vaginal delivery opens the cervical os and after delivery any cramping due to cervical os narrowing is now gone and the menstrual flow passes more easliy decreasing subsequent period cramping. ...Read more

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Will my bad menstrual cramps go away when I start taking generess fe?

Possible: Birth control pills are one of the most effective ways of treating menstrual cramps it should help. ...Read more

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All of a sudden menstrual cramps first day of period?

Yes: Certainly possible due to hormonal fluctuations related to your cycle. Some woman have more cramping than others. ...Read more

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I get menstrual cramps the first day that are so bad they make me vomit. Wasn't till my 20s this would happen.

Get GYN eval.: Try: nsaid’s, ssri’s, hormone meds, otc meds containing diuretics, 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 ; green tea can dissipate pain. ...Read more

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I take a b complex and vit d and noticed my first day menstrual cramps decreased drastically. Cramping still, however very tolerable. Ok to continue?

I take a b complex and vit d and noticed my first day menstrual cramps decreased drastically. Cramping still, however very tolerable. Ok to continue?

Of course!: Such a quick benefit might be related to the b complex, particularly vit b6 which can help relieve cramps. Magnesium (ideally as mag, glycinate or taurate) also often helps cramps. Vit d is esp. Beneficial in fall and winter months but wise to take year-round if you use sunscreen or don't get much mid-day sun- most adults need 5-8000 iu/day to attain optimal levels. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have menstrual cramps every first day of the period? It's too painful even pain reliever does not work

Is it normal to have menstrual cramps every first day of the period? It's too painful even pain reliever does not work

Menstrual cramps: This is very common. Often symptoms are improved with ibuprofen 600 mg 3-4 x a day or Naproxen (Aleve) 220 mg, 2 pills 2 x a day, both over the counter in the states. Birth control pills also can decrease the cramping ...Read more

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I had protected sex for the first time and experience cramping (like menstrual cramps)a few hours later, is this normal? I also took ECP 8-9 hours before sex so would it be effective if it was taken before intercourse?

I had protected sex for the first time and experience cramping (like menstrual cramps)a few hours later, is this normal? I also took ECP 8-9 hours before sex so would it be effective if it was taken before intercourse?

See below: If ECP 8-9 is a plan b type of medication, it would be effective take before sex. If you plan to have sex, you should be on regular contraceptive and get HPV vaccine and practice safe sex. Cramping may be due sex or an effect of the medication.
If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time, every time. You may consider implanted contraceptive, or IUD.
Practice safe sex if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine ...Read more

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Sharp intermittent pain in low abdomen like menstrual cramps that go away 20 weeks pregnant?

Sharp intermittent pain in low abdomen like menstrual cramps that go away 20 weeks pregnant?

Consult you OB: You should consult your obstetrician immediately for any abdominal pain, especially lower, as it could be associated with your pregnancy and a sign of something that may need to be evaluated. ...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