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By November 18, 2011 - 12:40am
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Hi aimsaluv, Having such pain during period usually is normal, do you take anything for it? Do you take motrin (ibuprofen) for pain? Try this if it helps in anyway and see how it goes. If you don't see any relief from it it's best to see a gyn. Motrin is over counter and helps hormonal pain. Give it a try for awhile if you don't see relief then see a gyn.

Hope this helps,

November 18, 2011 - 12:54pm

Hi aimsaluv,

Menstrual cramps are normal during your period. However, if you experience extreme pain that interferes with activities of daily living during your period, you may have menstrual cramps known as dysmenorrhea. 

Symptoms of menstrual cramps include:

  • Dull, throbbing or cramping pain in your lower abdomen
  • Pain that radiates to your lower back and thighs

Some women also experience:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loose stools
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness

When to see a doctor
If you've started menstruating within the past few years and are experiencing cramps, chances are your menstrual pain is not a cause for concern. However, if menstrual cramps disrupt your life for several days a month or if you're older and just started experiencing severe menstrual cramps, see your doctor.

During menstrual periods, your uterus contracts to help expel its lining. Hormone-like substances (prostaglandins) involved in pain and inflammation trigger the uterine muscle contractions. Higher levels of prostaglandins are associated with more severe menstrual cramps.

Many experts believe that severe contractions constrict the blood vessels feeding the uterus. The resulting pain can be compared to the angina that occurs when blocked coronary arteries starve portions of the heart of food and oxygen.

Menstrual cramps also may be caused by:

  • Endometriosis.In this painful condition, the tissue that lines your uterus becomes implanted outside your uterus, most commonly on your fallopian tubes, ovaries or the tissue lining your pelvis.
  • Uterine fibroids.These noncancerous growths in the wall of the uterus rarely may be the cause of pain.
  • Adenomyosis.In this condition, the tissue that lines your uterus begins to grow into the muscular walls of the uterus.
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).This infection of the female reproductive organs is usually caused by sexually transmitted bacteria.
  • Cervical stenosis.In some women, the opening of the cervix may be so small that it impedes menstrual flow, causing a painful increase of pressure within the uterus.

For treatment, your doctor may recommend: Your doctor may recommend:

  • NSAIDs.Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be helpful in relieving the pain of menstrual cramps. Your doctor may initially suggest taking over-the-counter NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) or naproxen (Aleve), at regular doses starting the day before you expect your period to begin. Prescription NSAIDs, such as mefenamic acid (Ponstel), are also available.
  • Hormonal birth control.Oral birth control pills contain hormones that prevent ovulation and reduce the severity of menstrual cramps. These hormones can also be delivered in several other forms: an injection, a patch you wear on your skin, an implant placed under the skin of your arm or a flexible ring that you insert into your vagina.
  • Surgery.If your menstrual cramps are caused by an underlying disorder, such as endometriosis or fibroids, the surgical removal of the abnormal tissue may help reduce your symptoms.

Hope this helps,


November 18, 2011 - 7:52am
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