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 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.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/12/2014
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