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Menstrual cramps typically occur every month when a woman's uterus is sloughing off old tissue during the
(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
, 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
. 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
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
around 10 days after a woman has had a period. Many times a
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
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
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
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.
Recent Menstrual Cramps Questions
Today is Friday. I started my period late Wednesday night.
Today is Friday. I started my period late Wednesday night. Thursday morning, I discovered I had passed a large piece of tissue. It was about one inch x 4 inchs. The rest of that day my flow was very light brown mucus. Today I have not had a flow at all - just several blood clots.
I have had/am currently having very bad cramping, diarrhea, nausea, headache and pain in my knees which is normal for me. Last night I vomited which was not normal.
I started taking orthotrycycline this cycle. I have taken it in the past for cramps and it worked beautifully, but that was about 7 years ago and is definately not the case currently.
I am 35 years old. I've been pregnant once and miscarried in May 2014 at about 9 weeks. I was also given a D&C procedure. I was told then that I had many fibroids on my uterus.
I would like to know if I need to go to the hospital and if you think the tissue was uterus lining or a fibroid (and if you think it was a fibroid - is that a good thing to flush out?) . I called my gyno first thing this morning and left a message for the nurse with these details but no one has called me back. I have been awake since 3:30 am and insomnia is not normal for me either.
I'm 45. HX of 1 pregnancy, 1 birth by C Section. lateral
I'm 45. HX of 1 pregnancy, 1 birth by C Section. Bi lateral tubal ligation, heavy bleeding-had Thermal Ablation. Recent 7/28 ER visit for PAINFUL menstrual cramps. F/u with Gyno today who did Transvaginal Ultrasound & said I have enlarged uterus (like a 12-14 week pregnant woman) and have several Fibroids. The Gyno right away pushed for Hysterectomy taking both uterus & cervix, leaving ovaries. I tried asking about myomectomy & UAE. The dr right away stated I am not a candidate for either. Please, I need direction. He wants to schedule me for surgery in 3 weeks. Thanks-Naz
Since yesterday, I am having cramps similar to menstrual cramps
Since yesterday, I am having cramps similar to menstrual cramps in the lower pelvic area. When I urinate, it hurts, but the pain feels internal. It doesn't hurt when I massage my pelvic or stomach. My period is coming up next week, but I don't usually have this kind of "internal pain". I usually have back and pelvic pain that I can soothe with a heating pad and some Tylenol. There's some slight bleeding. I had sex a couple of days ago, but it wasn't rough. It might have hurt me some way because I felt a slight discomfort afterwards. What worries me the most is that when I urinate, I feel a lot of pressure and pain that I don't recall ever having. I am out of the country so I can't go to my ob-gyn. I could go to a doctor around her but my insurance wouldn't cover it. I was wondering if I should get checked immediately or to wait a month until I return home. What can I do to feel better? Can I continue exercising or having sex? Thanks!
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