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For what reason wouldn't the heating pad work for my menstrual cramps?

For what reason wouldn't the heating pad work for my menstrual cramps?

It is superficial: You get cramps because the uterus is a big muscle and it is typically trying to squeeze out some blood. The uterus is also located deep down in your pelvis and heat from a heating pad simply does not reach it. ...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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I get terrible menstrual cramps, which do not go away with advil, tylenol, motrin, midal, or a heating pad. What should I do to relieve my pain?

I get terrible menstrual cramps, which do not go away with advil, tylenol,  motrin, midal, or a heating pad. What should I do to relieve my pain?

Try OCPs: Start taking oral contraceptive pills not for birth control, but for period control. You may have better luck with prescription anaprox ds. Another option would be to start Depo Provera injections every 3 months - most women stop having periods altogether. In your case, if you are not having periods, you will not be having severe menstrual pain. ...Read more

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I get menstrual cramps on my period this month they are so bad the only way i'm not almost doubled over is applying pressure or a heating pad help?

I get menstrual cramps on my period this month they are so bad the only way i'm not almost doubled over is applying pressure or a heating pad  help?

Many options: There are multiple medical options. Hormonal treatments such as birth control pills, Progesterone treatments and the Mirena iud are effective reversible treatments that will help many people. There is also a drug called Lysteda that contains no hormones which will help others. Discuss these options with your doctor. You may have endometriosis and these options will help. ...Read more

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I am a teenager and experience bad menstrual cramps. I treat with a heating pad. I've noticed brown spots on my stomach. What can I do to treat?

I am a teenager and experience bad menstrual cramps. I treat with a heating pad. I've noticed brown spots on my stomach. What can I do to treat?

Meds: If you use a heating pad for the cramps, you may be causing a reaction in your skin area, even a minor burn, so you need to be careful. There are meds that can help with your cramps. Have a dr. Discuss medications for painful menstrual cramps and look at your brown spots on your stomach too. Good luck. ...Read more

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Other than taking something, heat pad, and dark chocolate, what are some ways to get rid of menstrual cramps?

Other than taking something, heat pad, and dark chocolate, what are some ways to get rid of menstrual cramps?

Menstrual cramps: Menstrual cramps are due to the release of prostaglandins from the uterus at the time of bleeding. The most effective way to treat this is with an antiprostaglandin medication such asa, aleve etc. This class of drugs decrease prostaglandin production and thus decrease the pain associated with menses. ...Read more

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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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