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Why Do I Get Cramps During My Period
The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...Read more
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
Pelvic girdle laxity: One reason loose ligaments of pelvis. Women with joint hypermobility syndrome (jhs) have. If can touch thumb back & down to your wrist & with locked knees touch both palms to the floor, you likely have this variant of ligament (gristle in lay terms) tautness. Jhs found predominantly in women. As children could back bridge & put feet behind neck. Jhs makes for easy childbirth & painful periods. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Hormone trigger...: A drastic drop in your hormone levels is the signal for your body to have a period. This drop can also trigger migraine or other types of headaches. These types of headaches can be prevented by stabilizing the hormone levels during this time of the month. Best wishes! ...Read more
Possible reasons: For cramps after your period can include: remaining prostaglandins in your system after your period – causing continued cramps. Sometimes your period hasn’t actually ended – it has transiently slowed or stopped. Other reasons for cramping could be pregnancy or ovulation. ...Read more
Hormonal changes: Hormones wax and wane during your cycle, and some women are more sensitive to the changes than others. In your case, you appear to be sensitive to hormonal changes, and that change causes you to feel bloated. best wishes. ...Read more
That can sometimes: Happen. Reasons for missed / late period include: an anovulatory cycle in which no egg is released, marked v or ^ in weight; eating disorder; over-exercising (endurance athletics), travel, significant illnesses, oral contraceptives ; other meds, illegal drug use, breast feeding, hormone imbalances and medical problems (i.e., pcos). ...Read more
Mittelshmerz: How's that for a fancy word? It just means that you have pain when you ovulate. It's not a bad or dangerous thing at all. Now, some women have endometriosis and can get this kind of pain too, but you are far too young for that. Follow up with your obgyn if it worsens. Good luck. ...Read more
Prostaglandin: Most likely the cold is from a release of prostaglandin from your menstrual lining. If you are not allergic to Naproxen (aleve), try blocking it with aleve, (naproxen) one pill in the am and pm starting a couple of days before your menses starts, continuing though the menses. If the chill is accompanied with shakes and a fever, see your doctor and stop using tampons for menses until you are examined. ...Read more
The "Why" Questions: Often times in life and in medicine the 'why' questions can stimulate great discussion or debate but have no answer. I think the simplest and most correct answer would be that you are eighteen. You are in the prime of your sexual life. This is how your body is made. ...Read more
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