How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Ask an OB GYN Doctor

Dr. C.
Dr. C., Board Certified
Category: General
Satisfied Customers: 1640
Experience:  29 years of experience and an award-winning educator.
54412793
Type Your OB GYN Question Here...
characters left:
OB GYN Doctors are Online Now

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
< Last | Next >
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin Kernersville, NC
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther Woodstock, NY
  • Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know. Robin Elkton, Maryland
  • He answered my question promptly and gave me accurate, detailed information. If all of your experts are half as good, you have a great thing going here. Diane Dallas, TX
 
 
 

Questions on Menstrual Cramps

Menstrual cramps typically occur every month when a woman's uterus is sloughing off old tissue during the menstrual cycle (period). While many women go through life without a problem, others may require special attention during this time as there are conditions that can create unbearable pain and excessive menstrual cramping. Some of these require focused medical treatment. To learn more about menstrual cramps and the treatment for them, take a look at the questions below that have been answered by the Experts.

What does it mean when a woman has cramps but is not having a period?

Case details: Severe nausea, not on birth control, extremely light period for three days after sex.

In most cases, menstrual cramping occurs when a woman's uterus is trying to get rid of something such as old tissue as part of a menstrual cycle. However, if the woman is experiencing these symptoms without a period, there could be other possibilities.

One of the reasons for the bleeding and cramps could be a pregnancy that is turning into a miscarriage. Sometimes, a light period that follows sex indicates signs of implantation. If this happens, it would be advisable to consult an OB/GYN if the bleeding occurs especially after intercourse. Since a blighted ovum or a missed abortion could cause a negative pregnancy test, an ultrasound by an OB/GYN is generally the best way to determine the cause of the bleeding.

Another reason for the bleeding could be a uterine polyp. If a woman has a uterine polyp, she could experience cramping when her uterus is trying to rid itself of the polyp. Usually an ultrasound of the uterus will reveal the presence of a polyp.

Another possibility could be the side effects of ovulation. Ovulation can sometimes cause mild cramping and spotting around 10 days after a woman has had a period. Many times a vaginal discharge will also accompany the pain and spotting. However, if the cramps are accompanied by severe nausea, a trip to the doctor may be required for immediate treatment.

Is it normal to have something similar to menstrual cramps while pregnant?

In most cases, it is normal for a woman to experience light cramps similar to menstrual cramps in the first stages of pregnancy. The usual cause of the cramping is because the woman's uterus is adjusting to the changes that accompany pregnancy. In other words, when a fetus grows, it could cause slight cramping in the lower regions of the abdomen or on one side of the abdomen.

Another reason could be if a small cyst forms on the ovary in the area where the egg comes out before travelling to the uterus. This cyst will usually produce progesterone until the placenta begins to produce it on its own. This type of cyst can also cause similar cramping sensations as that of a menstrual cramp during the early part of the pregnancy. However, in case the symptoms get worse, a visit to the OB to get a pelvic exam and ultrasound done is recommended.

Is it normal to have menstrual cramps and bleeding after a hysterectomy where only the cervix was removed?

When a hysterectomy is done, it typically means that the uterus has been removed. However, when the surgery leaves the cervix intact, the actual term for the procedure is a subtotal hysterectomy. In case, the cervix is removed and the uterus is left intact, the procedure would be called a trachelectomy. In this situation, a woman can not only experience cramping but also have a period.

In case the woman has menstrual cramps after the uterus has been removed, this could be due to issues of the ovaries, bowel, bladder or pelvic ligaments. However, if there is spotting, this could be attributed to the healing of the cervix and absorption of the stitches. In the event that the woman experiences heavy flow, she should contact her surgeon immediately.

What home remedy can help very painful menstrual cramps?

Case details: Advil and paracetamol helps lessen pain but it comes back, vomiting also present

There are a few options to treat menstrual cramps. In times when Advil doesn't work, a stronger form of pain medication can be useful. Some women also find relief in having an orgasm since it reduces the severity of menstrual cramps. Another course of treatment is to use birth control pills that provide great relief for most women.

In certain cases, a woman could also develop endometriosis which causes menstrual cramping. To diagnose this, a gynecologist would have to perform a laparoscopy procedure and treat it appropriately if the test results are positive.

Is it normal to have menstrual cramps all the time?

Case details: Cramps radiate to lower back, cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

In many cases, a condition known as endometriosis can cause continuous pain. A gynecologist can perform a laparoscopy to check for this and discuss treatment for this condition if tested positive. Another possible cause could be cancer which can be explored by getting an ultrasound done. Whatever be the cause, it is advisable to see a gynecologist immediately and get the problem checked and treated as soon as possible. In certain cases, this may even warrant a surgery to confirm endometriosis or cancer.

Menstrual cramps can affect every woman at some point in her lifetime. While many women deal with this uncomfortable issue with over-the-counter medication, other women require more intense medical treatment. If you are suffering from menstrual cramps and would like to know how you can treat your symptoms, direct your queries to an Expert now. They can offer medical insights and information based on the details of your case.

Ask an OB GYN Doctor

Dr. C.
Dr. C., Board Certified
Category: General
Satisfied Customers: 1640
Experience:  29 years of experience and an award-winning educator.
54412793
Type Your OB GYN Question Here...
characters left:
OB GYN Doctors are Online Now

How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

OB GYN Doctors are online & ready to help you now

Ron
ASE Certified Technician
Satisfied Customers: 21587
23 years with Ford specializing in drivability and electrical and AC. Ford certs and ASE Certs
Dr. Y.
Urologist
Satisfied Customers: 18596
I am fellowship trained specializing in general urology and reconstructive urology.
John
Home Appliance Technician
Satisfied Customers: 13453
Appliance repair business owner for over 43 years.

Recent Menstrual Cramps Questions

  • Is it possible to get an infection after a chemical

    Is it possible to get an infection after a chemical pregnancy? I had a very early miscarriage about 2 weeks ago. My HCG when it was checked about 4 days before I started bleeding was only 15, then I bled for about 4-5 days. Ever since I have had cramping
    in my lower abdomen - except it doesn't feel like menstrual cramps. I am also having many PVC's, and occasional nausea. What do you think could be causing these symptoms?
  • I am 54, 3 years post meno. I started having severe constant

    I am 54, 3 years post meno. I started having severe constant pelvic pain about 10 days ago, exactly like menstrual cramps (I always had terrible, double-me-over cramps so I know what it feels like). The pain comes on in the morning when I get up, gets worse as the day goes on, and gets better when I lie down to go to bed. The pain is localized in the lower middle of my uterus and my lower abdomen is swollen. Tubes and ovaries not affected.
    After 8 days of constant pain, I saw my OB/GYN who did a pelvic exam, vaginal ultrasound, a trans-abdominal ultrasound, and an urinalysis - all came back negative. Palpating the area is not painful. I have not had any bleeding, discharge, urinary or bowel issues at all. Just the pain, which is worst when in a seated position. Here at work at my desk I have resorted to just standing up which is awkward! 800 mg of ibuprofen (dosage I used to take for cramps) is not helping at all.
    My doc is at a loss. I mentioned that since the pain began, I've not had one hot flash or migraine, and I have had severe hot flashes since going into meno, and migraines since I was 13 which were exacerbated in meno. Also, due to hot flashes I get about 2-3 hours of sleep, but since this pain started, I sleep well - I am somewhat comfortable lying down. I am not on HRT as I have a familial history of breast cancer.
    I really feel that this is something hormonal, but she doesn't think so. In perimenopause, I had this exact symptom 3 separate times - terrible cramping but no period, for a period of about 2 weeks. I'm not worried since tests are negative but I am still in this constant pain. My doc refers to it as 'discomfort' but I told her it's way more than that - I'm beginning to think she feels like I'm exaggerating. But I've never seen her for anything other than prenatal and yearly check-ups in 35 years.
    I've tried warm bath, heating pad - don't help. I've scoured the internet but found nothing regarding this symptom, unless bleeding accompanies it. I really need some help!
  • This is a long story so here it goes. My last was on

    This is a long story so here it goes. My last period was on May 10th. After that, on June 3rd I was with my boyfriend, we didn't have actual intercourse but he did finger me and we dry humped. I hadn't gotten my period so I took a preg test on the 26th. I used First Response rapid response and it was negative, I took this in the afternoon. Since then I have been worried about being pregnant. I notice slight nausea every now and then, but nothing that stops me from eating or doing stuff. I'm in Houston for vacation and maybe the heat and humidity is causing the nausea. I don't think I've had to pee any more than usual. My breasts don't hurt, I grab them and feel no pain at all. I did notice today after my shower that there were noticeable veins through my areolas. But I don't have any more or more pronounced Montgomery Glands. Last week I was getting discomfort in my ovary/uterus area and also had a little clear discharge. Yesterday I noticed some white discharge in my underwear. Also, the past couple of days I've had a feeling of very mild menstrual cramps. Could I be pregnant?
< Last | Next >
View More OB GYN Questions