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How can I tell if i'm experiencing constipation or period pain?
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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine
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In brief: Normal stool?
If your stool is normal and the frequency is same as usual, and you experience cramp during/around your period, then it is likely your period.
If u have constipation, then treat it--increase fluid, add fibers (fibercon/metamucil/benefiber/senokot etc..) if constipation resolves but still crampy, then it is, again, likely your period. Motrin/aleve can help. Consult doc. Good luck.

In brief: Normal stool?
If your stool is normal and the frequency is same as usual, and you experience cramp during/around your period, then it is likely your period.
If u have constipation, then treat it--increase fluid, add fibers (fibercon/metamucil/benefiber/senokot etc..) if constipation resolves but still crampy, then it is, again, likely your period. Motrin/aleve can help. Consult doc. Good luck.
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