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Menstrual Pain (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

Most women have significant improvement with home care remedies. However, a woman should call her health care professional in these situations:

  • Menstrual cramps continue to be painful for longer than usual.
  • The pain is suddenly worse or different from what she may have experienced before.
  • Bleeding is excessive, requiring more than one pad or tampon per hour.
  • Signs of infection, such as fever, chills, and body aches, are present at the time of the menstrual period.
  • Menstrual cramps began for the first time in a woman older than 25 years of age.
  • The woman suspects she may be pregnant and any of these symptoms occur.

The woman's doctor can help her manage most symptoms. However, she should go to a hospital's emergency department if any of the following problems occur:

  • She faints.
  • She experiences repeated dizziness when standing up.
  • A sudden, intense pelvic pain causes her to double over.
  • Tissue is passed in the menstrual flow. Tissue often appears silvery or grayish.
  • She thinks she might be pregnant and has menstrual-type pain.

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