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What does I need to tell my child when older about having had primary dysmenorrhea?

What does I need to tell my child when older about having had primary dysmenorrhea?

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

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Dr. Kashif Abdullah
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Period Pain (Definition)

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


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Bad cramps every month. Could I get drugs for a bad case of primary dysmenorrhea?

Bad cramps every month. Could I get drugs for a bad case of 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

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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?

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

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Can you advise for primary dysmenorrhea ?

Can you advise for primary dysmenorrhea ?

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

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What does I need to tell my child when older about having had primary dysmenorrhea?

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

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Do people with primary dysmenorrhea have a lot of pain?

Do people with primary dysmenorrhea have a lot of pain?

Pain: Pain is a subjective evaluation. Yet painfull periods are always bad. I would say yes to your question. ...Read more

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Bad cramps every month. Could I get drugs for a bad case of 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

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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

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Can you suggest how to deal with the pain from primary dysmenorrhea naturally without going on birth control pills?

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

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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 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

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What is endometriosis and how is it different from primary dysmenorrhea?

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

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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

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What should I do about my dysmenorrhea?

What should I do about my dysmenorrhea?

Some options: 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

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Can a woman with dysmenorrhea be pregant?

Can a woman with dysmenorrhea be pregant?

That: Depends on what you mean. Dysmenorrhea occurs during menses. If the woman is menstruating then she is not pregnant. However, having bouts of dysmenorrhea does not in ; of itself mean that a woman could not become pregnant. ...Read more

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Excessive Menstrual Cramps (Definition)

there is no objective definition for excessive menstrual cramps, the diagnosis is subjective, based upon what the patient deems is too much for her and can be treated ...Read more