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Menstrual Cramps While Breastfeeding
Menstrual cramps while breastfeeding my 11 month old, still no period though; took a test-not pregnant. Thoughts?
Lactation amenorrhea: If you are strictly breast feeding and not supplementing and haven't had a period yet, you're doing everything right. It's not a problem that you haven't had your period yet. It may come in te next six months if you start introducing other foods. You should use contraception. ...Read more
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
What determines when my period will return while breastfeeding? Baby is 8 mo. Still no period, but recently started having menstrual-like cramps/bloat
Feeding frequency: Several things seem to affect when your period comes back. Moms who breastfeed more frequently and who are thinner generally get their periods back later than moms who are heavier. It's important to use birth control after the first 6 months, because you can get pregnant before your period comes back. ...Read more
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?
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
That can happen: Sometimes. Some things to consider to reduce sxs are: 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 >. ...Read more
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
Yes; other herbs too:
Yes, marijuana can be very helpful for muscle spasms and menstrual cramps. Some strains are more effective than others.
Many other herbs are also effective, including cramp bark (called that for good reason). Valerian, black cohosh, skullcap and dong quai. See http://www. Herbaled. Org/education/articles/menstrual. Html & http://www. Naturalnews. Com/022969_chinese_medicine_menstrual_pain. Html. ...Read more
Magnesium / hormones:
Magnesium is a great muscle relaxer and can help with menstrual cramps. Try taking magnesium glycinate 200 - 300 mg orally 3x/d as soon as the menstrual cramps start. You can also take a warm bath and add 1 - 2 cups of Epsom Salts to the bath water and soak for 30 min to 1 hr.
Ask your pharmacist which doctors are using real progesterone to treat menstrual problems and call for an appointment. ...Read more
Yes, you can have: Cramps prior to your period. Pms symptoms can include pelvic/ abdominal cramping, nausea, bloating, weight gain, moodiness, irritability, pain & swelling of breasts, feeling tired, insomnia, headaches, ^ acne, food cravings, ^ appetite, swelling of hands & feet, dizziness, thinking less clearly, urinary sxs & exacerbations of chronic conditions. ...Read more
Not sure: Reasons for missed/late periods: low body weight, obesity, marked weight ^ or v, over-exercise, endurance athletics, breast-feeding, ^ stress, illness, eating disorders (bulimia or anorexia), anovulatory cycle (no egg released), travel, hormone irregularities, drug use, meds (i.e., birth control) or medical problems (i.e. PCOS). #1 reason is pregnancy. ...Read more
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Yes: Certainly possible due to hormonal fluctuations related to your cycle. Some woman have more cramping than others. ...Read more
Inflammaton: Occeasionally the muscles become inflamed.Get a more detailed answer ›
Unclear: There are several reasons why you still have menstrual cramps after your menses is over. You could have a bladder infection or pelvic infection. Uterine fibroids can also cause discomfort, as can an ovarian cyst. Constipation can also be felt as menstrual cramps. I suggest a visit with your doctor. ...Read more
Do a pregnancy test: A blood pregnancy test is most sensitive, but a very early pregnancy and miscarriage may be hard to prove in any case. The symptoms of an early miscarriage and simply a heavy and cramping period may be identical. ...Read more
Midol is Ibuprofen: Nope. They are the same drug or the same class of drug. ...Read more
Menstrual cramps: Omega 3 fatty acid & magnesium supplementation can be beneficial. Avoid ^ sugar & low quality carbohydrate intake. Don’t add extra salt to your food. Keep diet low fat. Avoid processed foods containing extra salt. Reduce caffeine & alcohol use. Be physically active & take time out to relax. ...Read more
Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more