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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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I am menopausal and am experiencing menstrual cramps and period like bleeding. Is that normal?

I am menopausal and am experiencing menstrual cramps and period like bleeding. Is that normal?

Maybe: Any bleeding in a menopausal woman needs to be evaluated for possible precancer or cancer. That is the least likely cause but obviously the most important to be sure of. More common causes include non-cancerous polyps and hormonal issues, either a final ovulation or tissue thinning from lack of estrogen.

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Second month on HRT and I am getting heavy bleeding and painful menstrual cramps. Is this normal? I used to get bad periods before menopause started.

Second month on HRT and I am getting heavy bleeding and painful menstrual cramps. Is this normal? I used to get bad periods before menopause started.

Yes and no: Yes this is a common side effect, but say "no" to it if you can't tolerate, and you 'd better consult your physician to either adjust the dose, add a diff. Med to it, change it to a different form, or any better solutions.

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I've had cramps in lower lefr abdomen for 4 days. Feels like menstrual cramps but occasionally gets sharper. Never happened e before. What could it be?

I've had cramps in lower lefr abdomen for 4 days. Feels like menstrual cramps but occasionally gets sharper. Never happened e before. What could it be?

Complex problem: 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.

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I used to take meftal spas in india during menstrual cramps. We recently moved to u.S.Can you please suggest tablet which is equivalent to meftal here?

I used to take meftal spas in india during menstrual cramps. We recently moved to u.S.Can you please suggest tablet which is equivalent to meftal here?

Two ingredients: The medication you described contains 2 different ingredients. One ingredient is sold as Ponstel (mefenamic acid) which is available in the us by prescription only. The other ingredient would not be appropriate to use for menstrual cramps.

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What might be the reason (s) for why I have menstrual cramps a week after my period?

Ovulatory pain: Some women get a little cramping when they ovulate this is called " Mittelschmertz" about 20% of women get this mid cycle for a day or so. Some women can identify which ovary is releasing the egg, by the side the pain localizes too! This is not harmful, and you can take regular otc meds as ibuprofen if the pain warrants.

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Can icy hot help menstrual cramps?

Can icy hot help menstrual cramps?

I doubt it will help: 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 ; green tea can dissipate pain. Ginger helps w nausea.

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How do I reduce pre menstrual cramps?

Pms: 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.

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How can I deal with menstrual cramps!?

Menstrual cramps: Dysmenorrhea Tx: 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 can dissipate pain.

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How do I relieve bad menstrual cramps? .

How do I relieve bad menstrual cramps? .

NSAIDs: Over the counter medicines called nsaids, like Ibuprofen (brand name - Motrin or advil) or naprosyn (brand name aleve) are very effective. If cramps are still interfering with your daily activities, you may want to consider birth control pills or a Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud. If you are still not getting relief, then you should have an us to make sure you don't have fibroids, endometriosis, or adenomyosis.

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Can I use icy hot for menstrual cramps?

Can I use icy hot for menstrual cramps?

Doubt it will help.: 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 ; green tea can dissipate pain. Ginger helps w nausea.

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How can I stop extreme menstrual cramps?

How can I stop extreme menstrual cramps?

Options: Some of the more common treatments include: ibuprofen, a prescription pain medication called ponstel, (mefenamic acid) and oral contraceptive pills are really good at helping to decrease menstrual cramps. A heating pad can be helpful, too.

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What can I take to help menstrual cramps?

What can I take to help menstrual cramps?

IBUPROFEN; NAPROXEN: Otc (over-the counter) medications, such as Ibuprofen (advil, Motrin ib) or Naproxen sodium (aleve (naproxen) and others) are the best place to start and the most easily available. Ibuprofen is most effective when the starting dose is 2 tablets (400 mg). Do not exceed the packing maximium recommended dosages without consulting with your physician. See md if this does not help.

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How can I relieve painful menstrual cramps?

How can I relieve painful menstrual cramps?

Options: Some of the more common treatments include: ibuprofen, a prescription pain medication called ponstel, (mefenamic acid) and oral contraceptive pills are really good at helping to decrease menstrual cramps. A heating pad can be helpful, too.

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What can you do to relieve menstrual cramps?

What can you do to relieve menstrual cramps?

Natural remedies: If you desire non-medication approaches you can discuss use of a traditional herbal like black cohosh with your doctor. Chamomile tea can be soothing. Sipping green tea can also help to dissipate pain. A small amount of essential oil massaged onto the abdomen can be calming. Consider lavender, rosemary or sage.

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How can I stop my terrible menstrual cramps?

Cramps: 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.

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How can I stop having painful menstrual cramps?

How can I stop having painful menstrual cramps?

Medication: You can start taking NSAID (not in excess), a few days before your period is due to start, but you ahve to keep to a schedule, even if it means waking up during night. If this doesn't work, consider continuous use of a hormonal contraceptive or a mirena. Nsaids are better than tylenol (acetaminophen) as they reduce the formation of substance that makes you cramp. Pills etc work by-less/no blood= less/ cramping.

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Need to know how to help with menstrual cramps?

See below: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it.

Dr. Janet Greenhut
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Menopause (Definition)

The absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. After the complete transition into menopause, women can no longer get pregnant. The average age for menopause is 51 years old. Symptoms include dry vaginal tissue, irregular periods, hot flashes, mood ...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