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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

Menstrual Cycle (Definition)

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


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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 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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For what reason do I always get cramps on my period?

For what reason do I always get cramps on my period?

Prostaglandins: prostaglandins are thought to be the hormones that cause the uterine cramps during menstrual periods. The cramps are actually painful contractions that are required to get the uterus rid of the built up inner lining which is no longer needed because there is no pregnancy. birth control pills containing 24 days of hormones have been shown to effectively reduce the cramps associated with menses. ...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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I get menstrual cramps on my period this month they are so bad the only way i'm not almost doubled over is applying pressure or a heating pad help?

I get menstrual cramps on my period this month they are so bad the only way i'm not almost doubled over is applying pressure or a heating pad  help?

Many options: There are multiple medical options. Hormonal treatments such as birth control pills, Progesterone treatments and the Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud are effective reversible treatments that will help many people. There is also a drug called Lysteda that contains no hormones which will help others. Discuss these options with your doctor. You may have endometriosis and these options will help. ...Read more

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How come i get cramps before my period?

PMS: This is likely part of premenstrual syndrome. Other possible sxs 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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How come i get awful cramps before my period?

PMS?: You could have premenstrual syndrome. Discuss with your physician. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, extra salt & junk carbohydrates. Increase complex carbohydrates – try to incorporate at least 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit into your diet daily. Try: omega- 3 fatty acids. Try to take in magnesium either through supplementation or through your diet with your doctor’s approval. >>. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get cramps before i'm on my period?

Is it normal to get cramps before i'm on my period?

Yes: As you rperiod approaches the level of prostaglandins in your circulation increases. That can lead to an increase in cramps. Motrin, aleve, (naproxen) aspirin, etc can help th ecramps. If you do not want to conceive, ocp's will likely decrease the cramps as well. ...Read more

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Why is it that i never get cramps or any other symptoms during my period?

Count your blessings: Many women have painful cramping related to increased prostaglandins & others have underlying medical problems. ...Read more

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I have cramps and I just got off my period last week on Sunday and I get cramps every 3 min or 5.

I have cramps and I just got off my period last week on Sunday and I get cramps every 3 min or 5.

Many possibilities: I do not have enough information to tell you why you're cramping, but it may or may not be coming from your uterus or related to your menstrual cycle. ...Read more

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So i don't really get my period anymore but i still get cramps once in a while. What does that mean?

Go to the Doctor: It means that unless you are on birth control or are pregnant you need to see you family physician or gyn to begin to figure out why this is happening to you. ...Read more

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Why am i having cramps if i won't get my period for another 11 days? I've been getting cramps for two days.

Ovulation, cyst: You could be experiencing pain after ovulation, or from an ovarian cyst. Follow your symptoms, as may resolve in 24-48 hours. Consult a healthcare provider for worsening pain, nausea, vomitting. ...Read more

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I'm 18 and have not started my period. Sometimes i get slight cramps but i've never had a period. I spotted once but nothing since. Why is this?

I'm 18 and have not started my period. Sometimes i get slight cramps but i've never had a period. I spotted once but nothing since. Why is this?

No menstrual period: Being 18 years old and not having had a period is an abnormality. If you have not consulted a gynecologist, you definitely need to. Special tests or procedures will have to be performed after a thorough physical and gynecological examination is performed. Good luck. ...Read more

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I usually get bad cramps that end by the 1st night of my period. Tonight they are more sharp and persistant than ever. What can cause this change?

Cramps: Usually cramps occur due to the uterus expelling overgrown tissue from your cycle. You likely had increased growth during the past month or have an over abundance of prostaglandins which cause the cramping. Aleve (naproxen) or Naproxn works well for cramps. Good luck. If this worsens consult your doctor. ...Read more

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My period is expected tomorrow but i am not experiencing the cramps i usually get a day or 2 before my period actually comes. Should i be worried?

Not yet: It is not uncommon for young women to have varying symptoms and occasional changes in their menstrual cycle. Next to pregnancy, stress is a common cause of missed periods. Do you have a reason to be concerned? - Unprotected sex since last menstrual period? If your period does not come within the next week, check a urine pregnancy test. If having unprotected sex seek contraceptive counseling. ...Read more

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I've stopped having my period since october but all i get are cramps, sometimes it feels like i'm about to have my period. What could be happening?

Pregnancy?: Check a pregnancy test first. That's the number 1 cause. Otherwise you have amenorrhea and need to see your physician so they can do some blood work and likely give you Provera (medroxyprogesterone) to have a withdrawal period. ...Read more

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