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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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What is the definition or description of: Excessive menstrual cramps?

What is the definition or description of: Excessive menstrual cramps?

No definition: there is no objective definition for excessive menstrual cramps, the diagnosis is subjective, based upon what the patient deems is too much for her and can be treated with oral contraceptive pills ...Read more

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Experiencing excessive menstrual cramps with pain scare rating of 6-8 leading to difficulty focusing and concentrating and dizziness. Ways to help?

Experiencing excessive menstrual cramps with pain scare rating of 6-8 leading to difficulty focusing and concentrating and dizziness. Ways to help?

Get evaluated: Menstrual Cramps are rarely a sign of something serious, but they can be very disabling. If Advil/Motrin/Alleve is not helpful, see your clinician who can evaluate the cause of your severe menstrual cramps, and possibly perform tests to rule out more serious conditions - i.e., endometriosis, if indicated. They may recommend continuous birth control pill use or a Mirena IUD. Take Care. ...Read more

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I am experiencing excessive menstrual cramps, painful menstrual bleeding, nausea (severity: moderate) , fatigue, back pain (severity: severe) (sid...

I am experiencing  excessive menstrual cramps, painful menstrual bleeding, nausea (severity: moderate) , fatigue, back pain (severity: severe) (sid...

Painful 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. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Various birth control methods can be used to shorten or lighten the periods. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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I am experiencing abnormal vaginal bleeding (quality: between menstrual periods, contains blood clots) and excessive menstrual cramps. The follow...

I am experiencing  abnormal vaginal bleeding (quality: between menstrual periods, contains blood clots)  and excessive menstrual cramps. The follow...

Normal per age: Depending upon your age, this can be normal. On the other hand, changing bcps, or changing dosing of hormones such as estrogens, can cause these symptoms. A few days of the symptoms with resolution, no worries; longer, see your ObGyn. ...Read more

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I am experiencing pelvic pain, excessive menstrual cramps and breast pain (quality: tenderness) .

I am experiencing  pelvic pain, excessive menstrual cramps and breast pain (quality: tenderness) .

Painful Menses: Dysmenorrhea Tx: 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 can dissipate pain. ...Read more

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I am experiencing excessive menstrual cramps, nausea (severity: moderate) , difficulty sleeping (quality: difficulty falling asleep, dry mouth?

All during period?: Dysmenorrhea Tx: 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 can dissipate pain. ...Read more

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I am experiencing sudden urge to urinate, pain during sex, excessive menstrual cramps, breast pain (quality: tenderness) and nausea (severity: mo...

I am experiencing  sudden urge to urinate, pain during sex, excessive menstrual cramps, breast pain (quality: tenderness)  and nausea (severity: mo...

Need to see..: .. a gynecologist or family practitioner ASAP. Cramping with the other symptoms may mean you are going through some flux in your hormone levels, though if you have menstruation it is unlikely that you are pregnant. I would check a pregnancy test anyway to be sure, and if negative another one 1 week later. Then check a blood sugar to make sure you are not diabetic. Then see a MD for proper Dx ...Read more

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I am experiencing excessive menstrual cramps, ovary pain throughout the cycle, pain and stomach ache during sex, painful bowel movements, discharge?

I am experiencing  excessive menstrual cramps, ovary pain throughout the cycle, pain and stomach ache during sex, painful bowel movements, discharge?

Get evaulation: I recommend that you start with a Gyn exam to assess whether you may have an ovarian cyst, or possible pelvic infection or endometriosis. Constipation can also be a source of chronic lower abdomiinal pain and discomfort with sex, and stool softeners or Miralax may be helpful. ...Read more

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Bad cramps every month. Could I get drugs for a bad case of primary dysmenorrhea?

Absolutely: First line of treatment is usually an NSAID or cousin to aspirin. The best otc option is Aleve (naproxen) or naproxyn, 400-500 mg twice a day, starting several days before the cramps start. This will usually prevent the cramps and often other symptoms as well by preventing the production of prostaglandins in the body. Next line is hormonal birthcontrol which decreases flow. ...Read more

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How bad are cramps in dysmenorrhea?

Varies: Dysmenorrhea is painful menses. Typically the pain is crampy. The degree of discomfort can only be determined by the one having the cramps. Form some women the pain is mild, others describe severe pain. There is no one description that would apply to everyone. ...Read more

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What menstrual symptoms would not be called dysmenorrhea?

Many: Dysmenorrhea referrs to pain with menstruation. Anything not associated with pain is not dysmenorrhea including heavy bleeding, frequent bleeding or no bleeding. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat severe dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramping)?

Med eval: 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 can dissipate pain. Ginger helps w nausea. ...Read more

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Can mefenamic acid affect on the bleeding of menstrual cycle when they are given in the dysmenorrhea ?

Can mefenamic acid affect on the bleeding of menstrual cycle when they are given in the dysmenorrhea ?

Yes: This medication decreases pain and bleeding during the menstrual cycle. It's a great tool for those women in whom a common medication like Ibuprofen hasn't done enough to help with either bleeding or pain/cramping. Good luck and hope that answers your question. ...Read more

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I have primary dysmenorrhea. Last month i came on 2 weeks after my periods but had no cramps which has never happened. Could i b pregnant?

I have primary dysmenorrhea. Last month i came on 2 weeks after my  periods but had no cramps which has never happened. Could i b pregnant?

I don't believe that: I understand what you are trying to describe. If you had a period then you are not pregnant from sexual activity that occurred prior to the period. If you aren't sure if you had a period then go ahead and take a home pregnancy test. Lack of cramping does not equate to pregnancy however. ...Read more

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Can a bicornuate uterus be a cause of dysmenorrhea? I've always had severe cramps, got checked out & the only thing they found was bicornuate uterus.

Can a bicornuate uterus be a cause of dysmenorrhea? I've always had severe cramps, got checked out & the only thing they found was bicornuate uterus.

Possibly: A bicornuate uterus, is a partially split uterus that has formed in the shape of a heart, with two “horns” or areas at the top of the uterus. Like any abnormality in the shape of the uterus, bicornuate uterus can cause dysmenorrhea. More importantly, bicornuate uterus can cause recurrent pregnancy loss, preterm delivery, or fetal growth retardation, but successful term pregnancy is possible. ...Read more

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I am experiencing excessive menstrual bleeding, excessive menstrual cramps, abdominal discomfort, shoulder pain and lightheadedness.

I am experiencing  excessive menstrual bleeding, excessive menstrual cramps, abdominal discomfort, shoulder pain and lightheadedness.

Heavy menses: Heavy menstrual bleeding is something that a complete history and physical exam with possible testing at the GYN MD's office requires to give you the best answer. ...Read more

Dr. Kashif Abdullah
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Period Pain (Definition)

Period pain or menstrual cramps are often referred to as dysmenorrhea, while a more accurate translation would be menalgia. Dysmenorrhea is a more encompassing term that not only describes the painful cramping associated with menses, but means that 'something isn't right ...Read more


Dr. Andrew Berry
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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