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Menstrual Pain (cont.)

Is it possible to stop menstrual cramps?

Patient Comments
  • Often it is possible to entirely eliminate menstrual cramps. Anti-inflammatory medications are highly effective.
  • Hormonal birth control is also useful in decreasing menstrual pain.
  • Cramps also tend to diminish in intensity as a woman ages. They will sometimes disappear after a woman's first term pregnancy.
  • In cases in which anatomical abnormalities are thought to contribute to the pain, treatment of the underlying abnormality or condition can bring about relief.

Can menstrual cramps be prevented?

It may not be possible to entirely prevent menstrual cramps entirely. However, by maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes adequate nutrition, a healthy body weight, control, and exercise may be helpful. One preventative step that can directly lessen the severity of menstrual cramps is to stop smoking.

Medically reviewed by: Wayne Blocker, MD; Board Certified Obstetrics and Gynecology


Calis, K. A. "Dysmenorrhea." Medscape. Updated: Nov 02, 2016.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/4/2016

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