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Do women with more menstrual cramps have a greater tendency to acquire endometriosis?

Do women with more menstrual cramps have a greater tendency to acquire endometriosis?

Yes: Severe menstrual cramps are one of the classic signs of endometriosis, especially if they are not relieved by medicines like Ibuprofen or naproxen. The cramps may be a sign of "retrograde menstruation" which is thought to be a cause of endometriosis, or they may be a sign that endometriosis has already developed. Other signs of endometriosis are pain with intercourse or chronic pelvic pain. ...Read more

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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 have severe menstrual cramps, could I have endometriosis?

I have severe menstrual cramps, could I have endometriosis?

I am assuming this ?: Is not in regard to a 57 yr old:) dysmenorrhea in a reporoductive age women could be a sign of endometriosis and warrants a pe and pelvic ultrasound to rule out any pelvic pathology. Alternatively in the post menopausal women with cramping and menses, cancer must be ruled out but I am guessing this question deals with the former. ...Read more

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I have endometriosis and suffer really bad menstrual cramps. I take apo-ketorolac, is there another form of medication i can take(non generic)?

I have endometriosis and suffer really bad menstrual cramps. I take apo-ketorolac, is there another form of medication i can take(non generic)?

Use Caution: Ketorolac (toradol) should not be used for over 5 days! it can cause sever GI problems. Consult with your doc regarding over nsaids that might be safer for you to use keeping in mind that all such drugs have effects on bleeding, tendency to cause blood clots, increase the risk of high blood pressure and cause GI ulcers. A cox ii specific med like Celebrex (celecoxib) (celicoxib) might be saferif ok wih doctor. ...Read more

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Is it safe for me taking birth control pills for severe menstrual cramps caused by endometriosis at age 42?

Is it safe for me taking birth control pills for severe menstrual cramps caused by endometriosis at age 42?

Yes and no: Birth control pills to help with endometriosis symptoms have estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen is associated with clots in the legs - what is called increasing hypercoagulation. If a person also smokes or has other conditions that increase likelihood of clots, taking pills will really increase the risk. Just being forty however is not necessarily something thatshould prevent taking pills. ...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'm having trouble with my menstrual cycles. I am having extreme cramps, worse than I've ever had. Do I need to worry about endometriosis?

Menstrual problems: it is a possibility. It could also be dysfunctional uterine bleeding or hormonal imbalances. I would consult your physician to check into this matter. Birth Control pills could help in the shor term ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Traub
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Endometriosis (Definition)

An abnormal condition where some endometrial tissue, which is lining tissue of the uterus, is located outside the uterus. The displaced tissue, just like the tissue lining the uterus, bleeds during each menstrual cycle. Endometriosis can be very painful, and can result ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Fiala
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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