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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 having painful cramping, which feels exactly like really intense menstrual cramps., I had NovaSure ablation 2&1/2 years ago with no periods since?

I am having painful cramping, which feels exactly like really intense menstrual cramps., I had NovaSure ablation 2&1/2 years ago with no periods since?

A number of things: Lower abdominal/pelvic pain can be very difficult to differentiate as many things can feel similar to menstrual cramps. This is because there are a number of other organs in that location that can cramp - this includes intestines, urinary bladder as well as reproductive organs. Additional eval could be necessary depending on other symptoms. More info on HealthTap consult or doc visit could help ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are my mentrual cramps so painful?

Prostaglandins can: Cause pain at the time of your period. Reasons for significant menstrual cramps can be endometriosis, cervical stenosis, uterine fibroids, adenomyosis & pelvic inflammatory disease. Please see your gynecologist. ...Read more

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I have mentrual cramps I took midol but I wont get better what else can I take?

I have mentrual cramps I took midol but I wont get better what else can I take?

NSAID: The standard midol contains acetominophen (like tylenol), pyrilamine (an antihistamine) and caffeine. Often cramps are helped most by non-steroidal anti-inflammatories like aspirin, ibuprofen, or Naproxen sodium. The midol extended relief contains Naproxen and the midol cramps and body aches contains ibuprofen. Sometimes a heating pad can help, too. ...Read more

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No menstrual but having cramps is this normal?

No menstrual but having cramps is this normal?

More info please: If you are on the patch, pill or ring, this could be perfectly normal. Or if you are pregnant (early) you will experience cramps with no bleeding. If you might be pregnant do a urine pregnancy test to find out. ...Read more

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How do I know if my menstrual pains and cramps normal?

How do I know if my menstrual pains and cramps normal?

If severe: or impacting your ability to function - that isn't normal. If that is the case - then please seek gynecological evaluation. ...Read more

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Do you ever grow out of having really bad cramps or menstrual symptoms?

Yes, it can: Can get better after childbirth or menopause. Sounds like you have dysmenorrhea. Just painful periods. You can take Ibuprofen 800 mg every 6 hours starting 24 hours before your period. Naproxen 500 mg every 8 hours also helps. Depending on your age oral contraceptive pills can lighten the period and ease the pain. Also, the Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud can lessen the period and the pain. Talk with your doctor. ...Read more