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Is it ok to use hot water bottles for menstrual period cramps?

Is it ok to use hot water bottles for menstrual period cramps?

Depends: Hot water bottles in general are a fine method of dealing with menstrual cramps for those who cannot or don't want to take medication. Make sure the bottle is covered to avoid burning the skin. If cramping is becoming worse over time consult your md. ...Read more

Menstruation (Definition)

The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...Read more


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Is it ok to drink salt water to reduce painful period cramps and aches?

Is it ok to drink salt water to reduce painful period cramps and aches?

Never heard of that?: 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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I get very bad period cramps and they usually last the entire period even the last day. Is it normal for them to last the whole menstruation cycle?

I get very bad period cramps and they usually last the entire period even the last day. Is it normal for them to last the whole menstruation cycle?

Yes it can because: When you have sloughing of your uterus after the menstrual buildup that resulted in bleeding, there are lots of chemicals that get released into the bloodstream. In certain women, there are an overgrowth of prostaglandins and cytokines which cause inflammation and cramping. You can try taking some ibuprofen 200 mg 2-3 times a day while you have your menstrual flow to minimize the cramping. ...Read more

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What does severe cramps and vomiting during menstrual cycle mean? Is seven days normal for period?

What does severe cramps and vomiting during menstrual cycle mean? Is seven days normal for period?

Effects of hormones: The uterus releases a lot of chemicals that cause these symptoms. You might try birth control pill which generally make these symptoms better. ...Read more

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During my menstrual cycle I get painful cramps and its painful to pee the first couple days but then when my period ends I feel fine. Is this abnormal?

During my menstrual cycle I get painful cramps and its painful to pee the first couple days but then when my period ends I feel fine. Is this abnormal?

No: No, I have heard this complaint before. I think for some women the uterus just contracts so badly at times that it also causes the bladder to contract, causing painful bladder syndrome and thus painful urination for a short time, which sounds like what you are describing. Although not a lot of women experience it this badly, there are definitely some, so you are not alone. I wish you the best. ...Read more

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I'm 17, a virgin and I have my menstrual cycle every month but lately I've been feeling cramps even when I'm not on my period, why is this?

I'm 17, a virgin and I have my menstrual cycle every month but lately I've been feeling cramps even when I'm not on my period, why is this?

Other issues: The cramps may be related to other things like digestive issues or intestinal dysfunction. Start with an obgyn for evaluation. Other specialists may be needed. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel cramps (like menstrual cramps) in early pregnancy stage)? I've been having some cramps but no period. Last menses nov 5 2013.

Is it normal to feel cramps (like menstrual cramps) in early pregnancy stage)? I've been having some cramps but no period. Last menses nov 5 2013.

Can be normal: It can be very normal to have some fairly strong cramps during early pregnancy, it is extremely common. There is the very small chance that it could indicate a problem with the pregnancy, and so you should see your ob/gyn for an exam and sonogram to ensure nothing is wrong and the baby is developing appropriately. If you have spotting, or heavier bleeding, call you doctor right away. ...Read more

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My menstrual cycle hasn't come for 3 months. It's never been normal, but not this bad. Plus, I have heavy and long periods and cramps. What's wrong?

My menstrual cycle hasn't come for 3 months. It's never been normal, but not this bad. Plus, I have heavy and long periods and cramps. What's wrong?

Irregular periods: You have dysfunctional uterine bleeding most likely. May need to check some hormone level and start medications to regulate this. See your physician to start the process. ...Read more

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I'm 5 days due my menstrual cycle. Cramps but no periods yet. I did home pregnancy test today. 1 dark pink 1 faint pink line appeared. Am I pregnant?

I'm 5 days due my menstrual cycle. Cramps but no periods yet. I did home pregnancy test today. 1 dark pink 1 faint pink line appeared. Am I pregnant?

Trust the test: Home pregnancy tests are very accurate. They are the same tests used in a doctor's office. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. If you doubt the result you can repeat it in 1-2 days. If you were pregnant the hormone level would rise enough for detection. ...Read more

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I get very painful period cramps and I always use the hot water over my stomach it makes the place numb does this affect the ovaries I was wondering?

I get very painful period cramps and I always use the hot water over my stomach it makes the place numb does this affect the ovaries I was wondering?

No harm caused.: 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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I have hot flashes and period cramps one and a half weeks early. What's going on?

I have hot flashes and period cramps one and a half weeks early. What's going on?

Hot flashes: If your cycle is changing and causing you distress it would be best if you could see your gynecologist. It may be a problem with your hormones or may be caused by something else. ...Read more

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How do I help reduce period cramps or even stop them altogether?

How do I help reduce period cramps or even stop them altogether?

Common problem: These are related to the bodies production of chemicals called prostaglandins which trigger irritation. Ibuprofen and naproxen are over the counter meds that target the prostaglandins. They have been used for decades for menstrual symptoms. They can be effective when started the day before and continued until the end of flow. ...Read more

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Where are period cramps located? Bellybutton level or lower? Or both?

Pelvis: Usually, period cramps are felt in the pelvis - way below the belly button. Back is another location mentioned by some women. You may have discomfort around your belly button due to bloating which is frequently seen in women at the time of period. ...Read more

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Is it normal if period cramps are felt around the rectal area but not too intense. Is it endometriosis?

Is it normal if period cramps are felt around the rectal area but not too intense. Is it endometriosis?

Menstrual cramps: The nerves that go to your uterus all go all over the pelvis and some people do have pain in their rectum or even diarrhea during their menses. It is also possible that you may have some endometriosis that is causing this. I would recommend further in person evaluation from a doctor regarding this. ...Read more

Menstrual Cycle (Definition)

The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...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