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Medicine For 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
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
Dysmenorrhea: At age 39, it is really important to have a good Gyn exam. Endometriosis is a not uncommon cause of dysmenorrhea. If normal exam and no other symptoms like painful intercourse or pelvic pain, would try anti prostaglandins. (Motrin/aleve) at the first hint of dysmenorrhea +/- oral contraceptives ...Read more
See a OB-GYN: Tell your daughter that severe cramping is not normal and often has a cause such as endometriosis or other pelvic pathology. If that occurs, please make sure she is seen by an ob-gyn for an exam, especially if cramping is not relieved by prostaglandin otc inhibitors such a Ibuprofen or anaprox (naproxen). ...Read more
Pain: Pain is a subjective evaluation. Yet painfull periods are always bad. I would say yes to your question. ...Read more
Is hormonal pill advisable for patients with primary dysmenorrhea? What would be the advantages and disadvantages of hormonal pills to a single woman having primary dysmenorrhea?
OCPs can help: Birth-control pills are often used to help with primary dysmenorrhea. For some women, they can provide tremendous relief of painful menstrual cramps. They may also make your periods shorter, lighter and more regular. Some common side effects include nausea, headaches and irregular spotting in between periods. If you do experience these, you can try another formulation that may work better for you. ...Read more
What can I do if my mum has primary dysmenorrhea, and she was wondering if acupuncture can really help?
Yes: It is very effective in reducing symptoms of dysmenorrhea. ...Read more
Dr I had a miscarriage yesterday 6 weeks 3 days my q. Is do dysmenorrhea cause miscarriage? I have primary dysmenorrhea pls help if so what can I do
Can you suggest how to deal with the pain from primary dysmenorrhea naturally without going on birth control pills?
Try Naproxen: Try starting Naproxen (Aleve) 1 week before your period is due to start. Continue taking it regularly through the period. This is sometimes helpful. If available in your area, you may want to try massage therapy or accupuncture. Exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor may be beneficial as well. ...Read more
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
I am 20 & I have primary dysmenorrhea, 2 options nsaids or birth control pills my doctor is letting me decide and get back to her. What is the best?
Sometimes both: I suggest you try one first. If no better then try the other. If no better with either alone you may need both. They are not mutually exclusive. ...Read more
Tell me some good medicine for dysmenorrhea...Im 25 year old having regular peroids sometimes with pain..
Endometriosis: Endometriosis is a bening disease defined by the presence of endometrial glands (lining of inside the uterus) outside the uterus and its associated with pelvic pain and infertility. The disease tends to progress and recurrs. Primary dysmenorrhea is when no specific diagnosis has been made and secondary dysmenorrhea is when an actual medical condition has been diagnosed. ...Read more
Try Tylenol (acetaminophen) products: But call your doctor for other option. Also, do not use more than the recommended dosage on the label. ...Read more
I think I have endometriosis or primary dysmenorrhea. Does it matter which? I just want pain relief.
Yes, it does matter.: Primary dysmenorrhea essentially means crampy, lower abdominal pain during menses without known disease. Endometriosis is one of a number of secondary conditions that can cause the same symptoms, including tumors, ovarian cysts, adhesions, pid, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, etc. Treatment of pain without identifying the underlying cause risks catastrophe. ...Read more
How can I differentiate between primary and secondary dysmenorrhea? I get bad cramps 1 or 2 days of cycle but ALWAYS feel comfort with just 1 advil
Yours Primary Dysmen: Primary Dysmenorrhea is defined as cramping pain in lower abdomen occurring just before and during the menstruation in the absence of any disease. Secondary Dysmenorrhea is when the symptoms are caused by a disorder in woman's reproductive system such as Endometriosis, fibroid uterus, Adenomycosis or infection. Your case fits in the Primary Dysmenorrhea ...Read more
Period pain: 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
Options: 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
What is the best OTC medicine for severe period pain. My wife used synflex but her script has expired an our GP is not available.
See your gyn: For an evaluation, your gyn can prescibe the med that would help u the best. ...Read more
My doctor gave me medicine for my period pain because it is so bad. Is it normal to gain 5 pounds a few days before your period?
Yes: Some women have a lot of trouble with pms; premenstrual disorder. This is usually the 10 days prior to your period and can be either mental (moodiness) or physical (tender breasts, bloating, fluid accumulating in your body). Some women have bad periods (bleeding/cramping) as well. Consider going on a birthcontrol pill/patch/ring/nexplanon for relief! Talk to your doc about risks/benefits! ...Read more
No - it doesn't: 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 ; green tea can dissipate pain. ...Read more
Acetaminophen, such as tylenol
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids): ibuprofen, such as advil or motrin
naproxen, such as Aleve or naprosyn
aspirin (also a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug), such as Bayer or bufferin
all those you can get from drug store without prescription.
Hot water bottle. ...Read more