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Doctor insights on: Menstrual Cramps That Feel Like Contractions

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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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Finished taking megestrol two days ago. Began having what I assumed was menstrual cramps. Now the pain does not subside feels like contractions?

Finished taking megestrol two days ago. Began having what I assumed was menstrual cramps. Now the pain does not subside feels like contractions?

Pelvic pain: Stopping Progesterone typically triggers a menstrual cycle. You did not mention why you were prescribed this medication. Contact the prescribing doctor and clarify why the medication was given and what the follow up plan was for after you finished it. ...Read more

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39wks pregnant, 3rd child, dull/achy back pain, random contractions that feel like menstrual cramps. Onset of labor?

39wks pregnant, 3rd child, dull/achy back pain, random contractions that feel like menstrual cramps. Onset of labor?

Labor: Absolutely can be signs of labor. All the symptoms you are listing, either alone or in combination can indicate labor. Start thinking of names. ...Read more

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I am8 weeks pregnant. Had an orgasm in my dream, now feels like menstrual cramps. Can contractions from an orgasm cause miscarriage? So worried!!!

I am8 weeks pregnant. Had an orgasm in my dream, now feels like menstrual cramps. Can contractions from an orgasm cause miscarriage? So worried!!!

No worries: In normal women with normal pregnancies, orgasms do not cause miscarriages, and miscarriages do not cause orgasms, although the two can happen coincidentally (at the same time). ...Read more

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How do I know if I'm having contractions. I never had menstrual cramps and while I was pregnant with my 1st daughter over 13 years ago, my water broke?

How do I know if I'm having contractions. I never had menstrual cramps and while I was pregnant with my 1st daughter over 13 years ago, my water broke?

Ctx: Contractions occur most of the time your regularly. They will tighten up very similar to a menstrual cramp but if you have not had one it will be a tightening or bawling up of your abdomen with increasing pelvic pressure. You should time from beginning to beginning of this feeling to determine timing of contractions. If your water breaks you will fill a constant leaking. ...Read more

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I'm 33.6 weeks pregnant. Having non regular but very freq. Contractions and menstrual cramps. Concern or normal? Fluid intake is high

I'm 33.6 weeks pregnant. Having non regular but very freq. Contractions and menstrual cramps. Concern or normal? Fluid intake is high

Time to call doc: It sounds like you are having significant contractions and at ~34 wks, you are at a pretty good age, but still a bit early. If these are forceful contractions, it could mean premature labor and so contacting yur OB doc is a right thing to do now. Congrats on the pregnancy and good luck. ...Read more

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My period ended there days ago, and now I am having cramps that feel like menstrual cramps. I've noticed light pink blood or discharge when I wipe.

My period ended there days ago, and now I am having cramps that feel like menstrual cramps. I've noticed light pink blood or discharge when I wipe.

Irregular periods: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections & hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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Constipation cramps like menstrual cramps?

Constipation cramps like menstrual cramps?

Change your diet and: Fluids. Eat a high fiber diet between 20-25 grams per day, regular meal times and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free alcohol free fluids daily. If you exercise and should add 20 oz per 30 minutes of strenuous exercise. Some meds contribute to constipation so take the meds with full glass of fluid instead of a sip in addition to the above recommended fluids. ...Read more

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I'm 32weeks pregnant and I'm gettin cramps like menstrual cramps and it kinda hurts is that normal.....

No. Get seen.: Having cramps "like menstrual cramps" can mean preterm labor. It can be braxton hicks contractions, which are normal, but shouldn't hurt so much. Call your OB now to discuss if u need to go to ed. Take care. ...Read more

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Today I have been experiencing mild pulls in my lower middle abdomen. What could this be? Does not feel like menstrual cramps.

Today I have been experiencing mild pulls in my lower middle abdomen. What could this be? Does not feel like menstrual cramps.

IBS or muscle pull: Cramps in a young person can be a feature of irritable bowel if no other alarm symptoms are present (I.e., bloody stools, weight loss). It can also be abdominal wall muscle strain if certain positions make the pain worse. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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My lower right back has felt like I am getting menstrual cramps, but the pain also travels to my right pelvic area. This has been going on for 2 mnths?

My lower right back has felt like I am getting menstrual cramps, but the pain also travels to my right pelvic area. This has been going on for 2 mnths?

Need for evaluation: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor. ...Read more

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I took Plan B one step about a week ago and had mild side effect. Now I started to have bad cramps like my menstrual cramps and a feeling like my flow was trying to come down. Is this normal?

I took Plan B one step about a week ago and had mild side effect. Now I started to have bad cramps like my menstrual cramps and a feeling like my flow was trying to come down. Is this normal?

Side effects vs STI: Some women notice that their periods are off in timing +/- 2 days after taking Plan B. It is often the next month's period that is heavier or longer, not the current one.
In your case, I suspect you had unprotected sex (hence the need for Plan B) and may be experiencing pain from a pelvic infection/ STI. You need to see a physician for STI testing and treatment. ...Read more

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Since having son 11 mos ago, I now get crampy when I ovulate. Dr said normal. No cysts on u/s. Feels like very mild menstrual cramps. Why?

Since having son 11 mos ago, I now get crampy when I ovulate. Dr said normal. No cysts on u/s. Feels like very mild menstrual cramps. Why?

Agree it's normal: There are hormonal as well as architectural changes that occur after pregnancy and it sounds like that is what your body is going through. It's hard to say why it's happening. It may go away as well. ...Read more

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It's been 5 days since I lost my virginity, why am I cramping? It almost feels like menstrual cramps

It's been 5 days since I lost my virginity, why am I cramping? It almost feels like menstrual cramps

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. Since you are now sexually active you need to look at your birth-control options ...Read more

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I have really bad menstrual cramps and feel like I have to puke and I also get a fever please help!?

I have really bad menstrual cramps and feel like I have to puke and I also get a fever please help!?

Bad menstrual cramps: This is from a chemical called prostaglandin. This causes all the problems you complain of. The good news is there are inhibitors of this chemical like advil (ibuprofen) and alleve. ...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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Have large cyst on left ovary. Its 27.just started having horrendous pain over ovary feel like menstrual cramps. What do I need to do. Pain getting wors?

Have large cyst on left ovary. Its 27.just started having horrendous pain over ovary feel like menstrual cramps. What do I need to do. Pain getting wors?

Get seen now...: One potential complication with ovarian cysts, especially those that are large, is an ovarian torsion (the ovary cord twists around itself) which requires emergency evaluation and management. If you are having that severe pain then you should go now to the ED for immediate evaluation and treatment. Other possibilities: infection, abscess, ovarian rupture or hemorrhage. ...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?

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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What are the causes of really bad menstrual cramps?

What are the causes of really bad menstrual cramps?

Dysmenorrhea: Several reasons- retroverted uterus, poly cystic ovaries, endometriosis. ...Read more

Contraction (Definition)

This usually has to do with the onset of labor. It is a muscular tightening of the uterus. Contractions are timed from beginning to end of hardening of the uterus (duration) and from beginning of one contraction until the beginning of the next (frequency). A third descriptor is intensity or how hard ...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