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Menstrual Pain (cont.)

What other symptoms occur with menstrual cramps?

In addition to cramps in the lower abdomen, a woman may also experience additional symptoms. These symptoms may include:

When to seek medical care for menstrual cramps

Most women have significant improvement with natural and home remedies (see the Natural and Home Remedies section). However, a woman should call her health-care professional if she experiences any of the following:

  • Menstrual cramps that continue to be painful for longer than usual
  • The pain is suddenly worse or different from what you may have previously experienced
  • Bleeding is excessive, and requires using more than one pad or tampon per hour
  • Signs of infection, such as fever, chills, and body aches, occur during the your period
  • Menstrual cramps began for the first time in a woman older than 25 years of age.
  • You suspects you may be pregnant.

A health-care professional can help her manage most symptoms. However, she should go to a hospital's emergency department if any of the following problems occur:

  • Fainting
  • Dizziness on standing
  • The sudden onset of intense pelvic pain
  • Passage of discrete tissue along with menstrual blood
  • Tissue often appears silvery or grayish
  • Possible pregnancy associated with the onset of severe pain
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/4/2016

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