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What is the cause of menstrual cramps?

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Dr. Jane Van Dis
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Prostaglandins

Blood and tissue passing through the cervix causes cramping, as does the prostaglandins that are elevated during menstruation.
Ibuprofen is an anti-prostaglandin and is the best medication for cramping. Be sure to take 600 or 800 mg in order to ensure you are getting adequate treatment.

In brief: Prostaglandins

Blood and tissue passing through the cervix causes cramping, as does the prostaglandins that are elevated during menstruation.
Ibuprofen is an anti-prostaglandin and is the best medication for cramping. Be sure to take 600 or 800 mg in order to ensure you are getting adequate treatment.
Dr. Jane Van Dis
Dr. Jane Van Dis
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In brief: Prostaglandins

When you do not become pregnant, you do not need the lining of your uterus that month.
A substance in the body, called prostaglandins, causes the uterus to contract, to expel the lining. Prostaglandins cause inflammation and pain, which is what you feel as menstrual cramps.

In brief: Prostaglandins

When you do not become pregnant, you do not need the lining of your uterus that month.
A substance in the body, called prostaglandins, causes the uterus to contract, to expel the lining. Prostaglandins cause inflammation and pain, which is what you feel as menstrual cramps.
Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
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