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I am experiencing pain during sex, excessive menstrual cramps and pelvic pain. Considering a hysterectomy.

I am experiencing  pain during sex, excessive menstrual cramps and pelvic pain. Considering a hysterectomy.

Consider pain source: You need to see a GYN MD first to determine why the pain, cramping and painful sex are occurring. Endometriosis is notorious for causing these types of symptoms and can be identified by Laparoscopy. Hysterectomy should only be considered when all your options are on the table. ...Read more

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 have had extreme pelvic pain during intercourse twice this week, it was like menstrual cramps just ten times stronger. What could this be?

I have had extreme pelvic pain during intercourse twice this week, it was like menstrual cramps just ten times stronger. What could this be?

Pelvic Pain: There are a couple a initial considerations, one being a retained foreign body. The most common one being a forgotten tampon. Other signs pointing to this can be the development of an unpleasant odor as time progresses. You may require a gyn exam to look for this cause. Please don't feel nervous or embarrassed if this is the case. I removed many. It's a simple mistake to have overlooked it, easy. ...Read more

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I'm having extremely severe menstrual cramps, pelvic pain and lower back pain 2nd day in a row. I can't stand straight. Go to er?

I'm having extremely severe menstrual cramps, pelvic pain and lower back pain 2nd day in a row. I can't stand straight. Go to er?

Here are some...: Clinically, go to urgent care for pain relief if unbearable, but for real need - not for convenience alone, since period-related cramp is usually a long-term recurrent matter so the affected have a good idea on what should or could be done. If not, but new event, go to ER, that is, reasonable. How to Handle Sickness? Go to articles listed in http://formefirst.com/onDealSickness.html. Best wish.... ...Read more

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I have severe endometriosis and pelvic pain I'm having awful pre-menstrual cramps if I start birth control today will it stop my period/give me relief?

I have severe endometriosis and pelvic pain I'm having awful pre-menstrual cramps if I start birth control today will it stop my period/give me relief?

Maybe: The oral contraceptive is the first choice to relieve your symptoms. A 2nd choice is a GnRh Agonist medication that will stop your periods for up to six months providing relief as well. Consult with your GYN MD for the use of Synarel (nafarelin) or Lupron medications if needed. ...Read more

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I am experiencing pelvic pain, excessive menstrual cramps and breast pain (quality: tenderness) .

I am experiencing  pelvic pain, excessive menstrual cramps and breast pain (quality: tenderness) .

Painful Menses: Dysmenorrhea Tx: 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 can dissipate pain. ...Read more

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Low pelvic pain for 4 days that is constant. Seems different than pre-menstrual cramp pain. Period is expected in 4 days. Cause for concern?

Low pelvic pain for 4 days that is constant. Seems different than pre-menstrual cramp pain. Period is expected in 4 days. Cause for concern?

Probably not: You might be experiencing this discomfort from an ovarian cyst. This may sound scary, but an ovarian cyst is perfectly normal. You have one each month when you ovulate. On occasion, these cysts will be a bit larger and give you pain. These cysts almost always resolve on their own within a few weeks to a month. ...Read more

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Horrible pelvic pain, menstrual like cramps, BP is 138/98, extreme swelling in feet, 36 weeks. What could be wrong? Should I get checked for dialation

Yes, right away!: Horrible pelvic pain and menstrual-like cramping at 36 weeks needs to be checked out right away. You need to be seen in Ob Triage tonight to make sure you are not in labor. Also, your blood pressure is a bit on the high side and you are swelling. These can be signs of pre-eclampsia. This is another reason not to delay to get checked out by ob triage right away. Best Wishes! ...Read more

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I am experiencing heartburn, heavy menstrual cycles with clots, bad cramps, sudden urge to urinate with weak stream. I also have pelvic pain througout the month. I just had US that showed a cyst with f/u transvaginal US recommended. What could it be?

I am experiencing heartburn, heavy menstrual cycles with clots, bad cramps, sudden urge to urinate with weak stream. I also have pelvic pain througout the month. I just had US that showed a cyst with f/u transvaginal US recommended. What could it be?

Various symptoms: Most ovarian cysts resolve on their own. Follow up with the doctor who ordered the sonogram to confirm this is the recommendation. This may explain your pelvic pain. At that visit you can discuss options to help with heavy menstrual cycles and cramps. Your urine can be tested You can try heartburn medicine over the counter or ask for a referral to a gastroenterologist to evaluate your heart burn ...Read more

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I am 36 weeks pregnet and having menstral cramps and pelvic pain.?

Contractions: That type of pain is common by 36 weeks and sounds like contractions. If they are not too painful, and they do not last for several hours they are most likely braxton-hicks. Once they increase in intensity and last more than 2 hours- its time to call your doctor. ...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 am a 49 y.o. female and for the first time I skipped a period this month. But... I have been feeling like pre-menstrual cramps all month (more like very very mild discomfort around my ovaries/pelvic area). Is that normal? Anything special I need to d

I am a 49 y.o. female and for the first time I skipped a period this month.  But... I have been feeling like pre-menstrual cramps all month (more like very very mild discomfort around my ovaries/pelvic area).  Is that normal?  Anything special I need to d

Wow...you're special: To have not skipped a period in perhaps 35+ years of menstrual life is amazing! You're super normal! Now you are experiencing some not atypical perimenopausal symptoms. HOWEVER, the fact that the cramps have persisted all month is of some concern. Visit your doctor and consider an ultrasound examination of the pelvis for reassurance. ...Read more

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I'm 35 weeks and 5 days pregnant i'm having menstrual like cramps a lot and pelvic pressure. What could that be?

I'm 35 weeks and 5 days pregnant i'm having menstrual like cramps a lot and pelvic pressure. What could that be?

Preterm labor!: The cramps could be contractions of the uterus. Normally they are supposed to happen at full term (37 weeks plus) so you should be evaluated to make sure you are
not at risk for giving birth prematurely! ...Read more

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Period a week early and heavy. I have paragard IUD and periods are regular. No menstrual cramps only irregular sharp pain in pelvic region. Worry?

 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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Pelvic cramps in btwn periods, often can be sharp/stabbing pain; painful cramps + daily clotting during menstrual cycle. Started 8 mths ago. Ideas?

Pelvic cramps in btwn periods, often can be sharp/stabbing pain; painful cramps + daily clotting during menstrual cycle. Started 8 mths ago. Ideas?

Should get checked: Could be sign of endometriosis where the endometrial glands (what bleeds every month during one's period) are in abnormal locations, and by their blood accumulating in these locations (or scar tissue associated with blood) cause symptoms such as pain. Should see an ob/GYN to start evaluation for it ...Read more

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What is the difference between pre menstrual cramps and pregnancy?

What is the difference between pre menstrual cramps and pregnancy?

Big difference : Hopefully when u get pregnant u will know the difference. ...Read more

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What is the difference between early pregnancy cramps and menstrual cramps?

What is the difference between early pregnancy cramps and menstrual cramps?

A positive pregnancy: There is no difference. Check a pregnancy test and you will know which it is. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between menstrual cramps & early pregnancy cramps?

I want to know what is the difference between menstrual cramps & early pregnancy cramps?

Not much: Menstrual crams start before every period.
If you miss your period and cramps start some time later, it could be due to pregnancy. In that case do pregnancy test to be sure. ...Read more

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Bad cramps, pelvic pain, pain on left and right side ?

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Bad cramps, pelvic pain, pain on left and right side ?

Go see ur FamilyDoc: If you're 2wks before/after menses, you could be ovulating (Mittelschmerz) but this is usually one-sided. Appendix is on right lower side. Diverticulitis is usually on left lower. If burning upon urination, we'd worry about bladder infection. Constipation can be painful. So can sexually transmitted diseases/infections if you engage in even one act of unprotected sex. Miscarriage is possibility ...Read more

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Pelvic pain and cramps durine all periods. Anything to worry about?

Yes possible: You need an evaluation by your gyn with an exam, blood work and ultrasound, as you could have a cyst, fibroids , endometriosis, etc., and if you do not have any of those there are new meds to help alleviate the pain or get rid of it no need to suffer see your gyn. ...Read more

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I had an ultrasound scan 14mths ago due to menstrual changes, now I have gained 20 pounds in weight, have lower right, back and pelvic pain and bloated?

I had an ultrasound scan 14mths ago due to menstrual changes, now I have gained 20 pounds in weight, have lower right, back and pelvic pain and bloated?

Menstrual changes: There are numerous reasons why your periods will change. Extreme weight changes alone can make it irregular. Find out first the results of your ultrasound. You might need a blood test to check your hormone levels. Consult your gynecologist about your condition. Ask about the possibility of polycystic ovarian sndrome. ...Read more

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How to treat menstrual q-lower right pelvic pain?

Several ways: Take 4 Ibuprofen 3 times a day or 3 aleve (naproxen) twice a day and soak in a hot tub with your knees drawn up tight. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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In pst week had biopsy of endometrium, hysterscopy and dnc how long should I bleed and have cramps for. I still have pelvic pain also. What should I do?

Call your surgeon.: You should only bleed for a few days after your procedures. You should give the doctor a call who performed your surgery. If the surgery was done around the time you normally would expect to cycle it could have triggered an early period. ...Read more

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I'm 16 and I've had my period before but hasn't come back for 6 months and I have some pelvic pain and cramps. Still a virgin?

I'm 16 and I've had my period before but hasn't come back for 6 months and I have some pelvic pain and cramps. Still a virgin?

Oligomenorrhea: Its not uncommon for young women to either bleed more than expect or less than expected. It may take a few years before your periods regulate. However, since its been six months and you are having cramping you may want a gynecolgist to put you on provera (medroxyprogesterone) to bring your period back on so you don't end up with extremely heavy and/or prolonged period. ...Read more

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How long after implantation should I test? 2 days late, cramps/r pelvic pain, no period, but still negative test. Maybe implantation? Ovulated 4/8.

How long after implantation should I test? 2 days late, cramps/r pelvic pain, no period, but still negative test. Maybe implantation? Ovulated 4/8.

Wait a week: If you still haven't had your period in another week, retake the pregnancy test. Pregnancy tests are designed to test positive with a certain level of HCG in your urine. It is possible that you tested too early. ...Read more

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Pelvic Pain (Definition)

The pelvic region refers to the lowermost portion of the abdomen, below the level of the umbilicus, and most often in the lowermost portions of the abdomen, on the sides and centrally. Discomfort, in various forms (stabbing , cramping, aching, ...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