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Menstrual Pain (cont.)

Menstrual Cramps Prognosis

Often, it is possible to eliminate menstrual cramps effectively. Anti-inflammatory medications are 80% effective. Hormonal birth control decreases the pain 90% of the time. Cramps also tend to decrease in intensity as a woman ages. Cramps may disappear after a woman's first pregnancy. In cases in which anatomical abnormalities are the cause of the cramps, treatment of the underlying abnormality or condition can bring relief of the pain.

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