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Why do I get cramps after my period?

Why do I get cramps after my period?

Prostaglandins: Your body produces prostaglandins to help break down the lining of your uterus at the end of your cycle (if you are not pregnant). Prostaglandins cause contractions of the uterus, inflammation and pain. Nsaids like Ibuprofen will help. If the cramping/pain persists even with the help of nsaids, visit your doctor, who will help manage your cramps and pain. ...Read more

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Why do I get cramps on my period?

Why do I get cramps on my period?

Prostaglandin: Prostaglandin is a hormone released by the endometrium(lining of the womb) at menses, and it acts on the myometrium(smooth muscle of the uterus) to induce cramping. Ibuprofen, and other medications are prostaglandin inhibitors and can prevent cramping. ...Read more

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Why do I get cramps a week before my period?

Why do I get cramps a week before my period?

May be PMS.: Premenstrual syndrome (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 ; exacerbation of chronic conditions. ...Read more

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Why do I get cramps almost two weeks early before my period?

Why do I get cramps almost two weeks early before my period?

Occasional symptoms?: A doctor can check to see if there is any medical issue, if a woman has mild menstrual-related symptoms. Many women have some variation of their mucus discharge, their periods, or a missed period on occasion. Some women feel normal after a few days, but others do have bothersome symptoms and follow-up with doctors. If significant cramps happen every period, getting checked out is a good idea. ...Read more

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Why do I get cramps a week or two before i actually get my period?

Ovulation: The pain you are feeling at that time is likely ovulatory pain as the egg is released form the ovary. There is actually a medical term for this called "mittelschmerz", which is a german word basically meaning middle pain, which is about when in you cycle the pain occurs. Some women can actually tell quite well when they are ovulating because they feel this pain. ...Read more

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Why women get cramps on their period?

Why women get cramps on their period?

Uterine contractions: The uterine musculature contracts to "eject" the deteriorating endometrium which makes up the bulk of your period. ...Read more

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Why do women get cramps on their period?

Why do women get cramps on their period?

Prostaglandins: Prostaglandins help the womb to contract and remove the lining of the womb during a period. There may be excessive contraction resulting in pain. Other causes are endometriosis, fibroids,infection etc. Medications such as NSAIDS, OCP can be useful ...Read more

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Can you get cramps a week before your period?

Can you get cramps a week before your period?

Yes, can be part of: Pms. 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

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Why do I sometimes get such painful period cramps?

Why do I sometimes get such painful period cramps?

Dysmenorrhea: It is related to your periods and you can take some thing for it, like Motrin or naprosyn, (naproxen) but do discuss with your gynecologist if it is ok. ...Read more

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How long after you get cramps do you get your period?

How long after you get cramps do you get your period?

That is variable. : With pms, symptoms (to include cramping) can occur one to two weeks prior to your period. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get cramps after your first period?

Is it possible to get cramps after your first period?

Yes: Remaining prostaglandins in your system after your period can cause continued cramps. ...Read more

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How typical is it to get bloated/cramps before period?

How typical is it to get bloated/cramps before period?

Yes for many women.: Pms sxs can include feeling tearful, irritability, mood swings, anger, depressed mood, change in sex drive & anxiety. These may be accompanied by swelling of the breasts (or extremities), weight gain, abdominal bloating, cramps, nausea, ^ urinary frequency, overeating, headaches (to include migraines), dizziness, fainting & palpitations. Sleep may be disturbed with problems w acne or hives. ...Read more

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What to do if i get the worse period cramps ever! please help?

Seek med eval.: 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

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How many days before you get your period shoukd you feel cramps?

How many days before you get your period shoukd you feel cramps?

Variable: Some females w pms may have cramps 1 to 2 weeks prior to period. Many women don't have any premenstrual cramping. ...Read more

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I get period like cramps while exercising. How do I prevent this?

I get period like cramps while exercising. How do I prevent this?

Pelvic cramps: This may be referred pain coming from low back. Also known as radiculopthy. Low back pain may be absent. I recommend an orthopedist specializing in spine isuues. Good luck ...Read more

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Is it normal to get slight cramps the day after your period ends?

Is it normal to get slight cramps the day after your period ends?

Sure: Occasional cramps could be normal at any time of the cycle. The cramps could be from the uterus and/or ovaries but could also be intestinal. ...Read more

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Is it normal for your period and cramps to get worse as you get older?

Is it normal for your period and cramps to get worse as you get older?

Yes and no: Many women will experience worsening pain with their period. However it usually has un underlying cause. Uterine hyperthrophy, adenomyosis, endometriosis, polyps , fibroids, uterine malposition. See a gyn for proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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