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 cramps began for the first time in a woman older than 25 years
- 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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