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

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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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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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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My period is giving me very painful cramps is it OK for me to take 3 menstrual pain relivers?

My period is giving me very painful cramps is it OK for me to take 3 menstrual pain relivers?

Check lable: Check the bottle for the appropriate dose and do not take any more than is recommended ...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. Adam Lewis
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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