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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 experiencing really bad menstrual cramps. I have really bad gas. I have taken a tylenol (acetaminophen) already. What should I do?

I am experiencing really bad menstrual cramps. I have really bad gas. I have taken a tylenol (acetaminophen) already. What should I do?

NSAIDS: Nsaids like advil/motrin/ibuprofen are great for treating menstrual cramps, and they are over the counter. Some people can't take these medications - check with your doctor to see if these meds are safe for you to take. Perhaps these cramps are related to your bowels, and not menstrual cramps. You may want to check with your doctor so that you are treating the right cause. ...Read more

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Can gas pain sometimes hurt as bad as menstrual cramps?

Can gas pain sometimes hurt as bad as menstrual cramps?

Yes: The stretching of the receptors in the bowel can sometimes cause pain so severe as to require pain medications and serial exams to rule out an acute, surgical abdomen. ...Read more

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Can running trigger cramps (feels like bad menstrual cramps and need to use restroom and have gas) approx 1 week before period. Normal? Exam needed?

Can running trigger cramps (feels like bad menstrual cramps and need to use restroom and have gas) approx 1 week before period. Normal? Exam needed?

Good hydration: Make sure that you hydrate well before, during and after strenuous exertion. V8 or Naked Juice actually have more minerals and vitamins than sports drinks do. Dehydration and / or mineral deficiency (ies) are major contributors to muscle cramps. Strenuous exertion can cause dehydration or mineral losses that lead to cramps. ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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How to remove menstrual cramps?

Menstrual cramps: 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 dysmenorrhea. ...Read more

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Why do you have menstrual cramps?

Why do you have menstrual cramps?

Prostaglandins: During the period, a physiologic process occurs which leads to the sloughing (shedding) of the inner lining of the uterus, known as the endometrium. What facilitates this involves the production of very powerful chemicals by the body known as prostaglandins. These produce very strong contractions of the uterus which in some women can be as painful as labor. This also explains menstrual diarrhea. ...Read more

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What is the cause of menstrual cramps?

Prostaglandins: Blood and tissue passing through the cervix causes cramping, as does the prostaglandins that are elevated during menstruation. Ibuprofen is an anti-prostaglandin and is the best medication for cramping. Be sure to take 600 or 800 mg in order to ensure you are getting adequate treatment. ...Read more

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How to ease menstrual cramps/pain? Help?

How to ease menstrual cramps/pain? Help?

Dysmenorrhea: Painful periods (dysmenorrhea) can be initially treated with over the counter medications like advil, motrin, midol and ibuprofen. The key is to start taking something for them as soon as they start and then take something every 6-8 hours until it ends. If you wait until severe, not much will help. Heat and getting on the birth control pill may also help. ...Read more

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What can be prescribed for menstrual cramps?

What can be prescribed for menstrual cramps?

NSAIDS: The non steroidal anti inflammatory disorder medications are common first line medications for menstrual cramps. Ibuprofen or Naproxen sodium are available otc and can be used without prescription. If started just prior to expected menses they can suppress some of the discomfort before it is established. If not adequate, confer with your doc. ...Read more

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What is the cause of menstrual cramps in virgins?

What is the cause of menstrual cramps in virgins?

Dysmenorrhea: The causes are the same whether you are a virgin or not, although infection is less likely. Range from unknown to anatomical such as cervical problem, to pathological such as endometriosis or fibroids, to infection etc. It is also normal to have menstrual cramps. Ibuprofen or naprosyn (naproxen) work well for normal cramping. ...Read more

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Is felvin good for menstrual cramps?

Is felvin good for menstrual cramps?

Piroxicam: (Felvin) is an NSAID - so it could help to diminish pain. ...Read more

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What's a great remedy for menstrual cramps?

Remedies: Avoid caffeine, alcohol, extra salt & junk carbohydrates. Increase complex carbohydrates – try to incorporate at least 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit into your diet daily. Try: omega- 3 fatty acids. Try to take in magnesium either through supplementation or through your diet with your doctor’s approval. If you desire non-medication approaches you can discuss use of a >>. ...Read more

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Is it okay to use felvin for menstrual cramps?

Yes, Felvin = NSAID.: 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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How to tell if it's just appendictis or just menstrual cramps?

Sometimes: Difficult to tell without blood and imaging tests, even for medical professionals. If you have nausea, vomiting, severe pain, or fever, get to ed right away. ...Read more

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Do piles affect menstrual cramps?

Yes: It can reduce the cramps, and also reduces the amount of blood you are loosing. Make sure you take them daily around the same moment of the day. ...Read more

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Why menstrual cramps cause nausea?

Prostaglandins: Some causes for nausea during your period are dysmenorrhea & endometriosis. Chemicals called prostaglandins are released and can lead to contractions of the uterus, nausea and vomiting. ...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


Gas (Definition)

In a medical context, "having gas" refers to having too much gas in the bowels. This causes burping, cramps in the belly, ...Read more