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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 to do if I had a menstrual on april 26th, but the last couple of days I have had menstrual cramps.?

What to do if I had a menstrual on april 26th, but the last couple of days I have had menstrual cramps.?

Don't know date : Written. Try: omega- 3 fatty acids or magnesium (supplementation or through diet) with your doctor’s approval. Nsaid'scan help with pain. Discuss use of a traditional herbal like black cohosh with your doctor. Chamomile tea can be soothing. Sipping green tea can also dissipate pain. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, extra salt. A warm heating pad is beneficial. Acupuncture is excellent for this. ...Read more

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Pain relievers no longer working for my menstrual cramps?

Pain relievers no longer working for my menstrual cramps?

See doctor: See your doctor and discuss this. There are many reasons including tolerance and disease progression. ...Read more

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I have been having menstrual cramps since about 2 days after my last cycle. I'm 3 weeks away 4rm my cycle & having the cramps. Also, white clear disch?

Unclear: So you've been having cramps after your period and clear white discharge. Was this cycle normal for you? Do you get regular periods every month? Are you on hormonal contraception and taking it consistently? Are you at risk for pregnancy or a sexually transmitted infection? Is ur discharge itchy or smell different from usual? Any diarrhea or change in stools? Pelvic pain can be from many things. ...Read more

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I have pain very similar to menstrual cramps 2-3 days after having sex, and what could this be? It's only been the last few months. Sex hasn't changed

Think muscles: ? Pelvic floor hypertonicity disorder (pfhd). Some women have high tone in pelvis. Sexual activity causes the muscles to contract more thus more spasm. Unique nature of these muscles, this doesn't feel like muscle pain but can be uterine, bladder, vaginal or rectal discomfort, usually for 2-3 days after sex. Treatment pelvic floor pt & meds. Heavy lifting like emt is risk for this condition. ...Read more

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What cause menstrual cramps and long thick clear discharge. No projected to start period for another 9 days.?

Cramps: During your menstrual period, your uterus contracts to help expel its lining. Hormone-like substances (prostaglandins) involved in pain and inflammation trigger the uterine muscle contractions. Higher levels of prostaglandins are associated with more-severe menstrual cramps. However other causes include cervical stenosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, adenomyosis, uterine fibroids the discharge is ...Read more

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Period is two weeks late but I've already had one since the last time I had sex. Two neg. Tests, cramping today feels like menstrual cramps. Help?

Late period.: Reasons for missed/late periods: low body weight, obesity, marked weight ^ or v, over-exercise, endurance athletics, breast-feeding, ^ stress, illness, eating disorders (bulimia or anorexia), anovulatory cycle (no egg released), travel, hormone irregularities, drug use, meds (i.e., birth control) or medical problems. #1 reason is pregnancy. ...Read more

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For three months now, a few days after my period ends I get unbearable cramps, exactly like menstrual cramps, which last the whole month...any ideas?

Post menses cramps: It's usually considered atypical for a woman to experience menstrual cramps after her period has ended, but some more common reasons why this happens are irregular or painful Ovulation, recent insertion of certain IUD birth control devises and endometriosis. Ovarian Cysts and fibroids may also be to blame. Also, infections. Persistent pain past the end of your cycle should prompt you to see DR. ...Read more

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54, perimenopausal. I have heard that women use shepherd's purse for premenstrual problems, heavy or long periods, and menstrual cramps. Is it safe?

54, perimenopausal. I have heard that women use shepherd's purse for premenstrual problems, heavy or long periods, and menstrual cramps. Is it safe?

Answer: You will need to choose a route of treatment to alleviate your symptoms: conventional medecine or alternative medecine, all medication either chemical or botanical have side effects,. ...Read more

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Why do I get menstrual cramps at my thighs and lower abdomen at the last days.

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.
There are many options for painful periods. Schedule a visit to discuss. ...Read more

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Menstrual cramps for 7 days with no period could i be pregnant last period 10?

Pregnancy test: Check a pregnancy test if you think you might be pregnant. The average age of menopause is 52, and women will skip periods during this time until they have no more periods. Talk to your doctor about your periods and they can provide you with the best information. ...Read more

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I got bad pre menstrual cramps last night but no period. Can't be pregnant. What can it be? Please help.

May be normal: Premenstual cramps are not unusual. If you have no other symptoms like discharge or not been sexually active for sometime then Advil/ Motrin would help. However, if you have any other symptoms you need to be checked out ...Read more

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I'm 29 weeks pregnant and have been experiencing cramping for the last few hours like menstrual cramps. Is this something to worry about?

Be vigilant: Please Count how frequently these cramps are happening. If these are not slowing down please call your OB, and ask your husband to take you to the ER. ...Read more

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Is a very stretchy cervical mucus (at least 5 cm) all cycle long a cause for concern if I do ovulate? Other symptoms: PMS and menstrual cramps.

Is a very stretchy cervical mucus (at least 5 cm) all cycle long a cause for concern if I do ovulate? Other symptoms: PMS and menstrual cramps.

Evaluation: You can schedule a doctor and have them evaluate. They can make sure you do not have a cervical or vaginal infection that would be causing this mucous. ...Read more

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My daughter is 11 months and breastfed. I still have not gotten my period but in the last few week, menstrual cramps have come and gone. Thoughts?

My daughter is 11 months and breastfed. I still have not gotten my period but in the last few week, menstrual cramps have come and gone. Thoughts?

Expected: Even though you are still breast feeding your period may come few months after giving birth and certainly in the woman that breast feeds takes longer but around this time it can be expected. You may experience some cramps and discomfort before your period starts as usual. Keep track of your symptoms and if you are in doubt of possible pregnancy schedule a visit with your gyn provider. ...Read more

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I went to doctor and found out I'm pregnant last week. Now I'm bleeding and menstrual cramps I don't know how far along I am first app. Is Thursday?

I went to doctor and found out I'm pregnant last week. Now I'm bleeding and menstrual cramps I don't know how far along I am first app. Is Thursday?

Can monitor, BUT: These are at the very least the signs of a threatened miscarriage. An appointment is critical to complete. Bleeding requiring more than a pad per hour or severe abdominal pain requires immediate evaluation. ...Read more

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Why am i haviing menstrual cramps a week after my period, I have had my period on the tenth of august it lasted four days, i also had unprotected sex?

Mittleschmerz:ovulat: You are probably having mittleschmerz or ovulation pain. You could also just be rupturing a cyst. If it persists, see your provider! ...Read more

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I am 10 weeks pregnant. Every day, from time to time I have light menstrual cramps which worriedme a lot. Are they normal in pregnancy and for how long?

I am 10 weeks pregnant. Every day, from time to time I have light menstrual cramps which worriedme a lot. Are they normal in pregnancy and for how long?

Normal.: Mild cramps and aches are common in pregnancy as the uterus grows and stretches its supporting ligaments. Not to worry if there is no vaginal bleeding and your obstetrician's examination is normal at each prenatal care visit. You may only use regular tylenol (acetaminophen) for discomforts of pregnancy — not advil/aleve/motrin or other nsaids! Take Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily and good luck! ...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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My friend 24, was up all last night w/ menstrual cramps, she takes tylenol (acetaminophen) it doesn't help much & also is allergic to Red Dye. Are there alternatives?

My friend 24, was up all last night w/ menstrual cramps, she takes tylenol (acetaminophen) it doesn't help much & also is allergic to Red Dye. Are there alternatives?

Ibuprofen: Tylenol (acetaminophen) lacks the specific anti inflammatory med needed to deal with the cramping. Ibuprofen (looks red but this is not red dye) and naproxen (bluish pill) both have anti-prostaglandin effects needed to do the job. If started before the cycle starts until the day after it stops will control the pain in many women. ...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