Painful Periods

A painful period is also called dysmenorrhea. There are two types of dysmenorrhea known as primary dysmenorrhea and secondary dysmenorrhea. The primary dysmenorrhea is the pain occurring in the lower abdomen before or during the menstrual cycle, in the absence of other diseases. If there are painful periods due to any disorder or infection in the female reproductive system, it is known as secondary dysmenorrhea. Pain from secondary dysmenorrhea can usually begin earlier in the menstrual cycle and lasts longer than the common menstrual cramps.

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I am having period cramps. Kindly suggest a safer painkiller for it.

Query: Hi doctor, I am having period cramps. I took tablet Advil (Ibuprofen) 14 hours ago, and I just took tablet Tylenol Extended-Release (Acetaminophen). Is that fine? Kindly advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, absolutely. It is completely fine to have taken Acetaminophen Extended-Release (Acetaminophen) 14- 16 hours following consumption of Advil (Ibuprofen). They both help in relieving pain and have anti-inflammatory properties. However, at least a 12-hour interval is ...  Read Full »

Fibroids causing painful menstrual period with clots. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 38 years old. I have fibroids. The last time I went to the hospital, I had a blood transfusion. Both the legs were swollen due to lack of protein in the blood. I am on my menstrual period right now. My abdomen feels very heavy. And I cannot control the bleeding. I cannot user tamp...  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concerns. Fibroids may cause excessive bleeding. So, a strict management is required. If fertility is not required, hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) is an option. If fertility is required, myomectomy (removal of fibroids) is a good option. Befo...  Read Full »

Is there any solution to get my period a little late without affecting my health?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 20-years-old female student. My query is that I have a three-day continuous journey that is exactly on my period dates for this month, and the tickets are already booked. Naturally, I used to have very painful periods. So is there any solution without affecting my health to get m...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Jain

Answer: Hello,Welcome to suggest Tablet Primolut N (Norethisterone) twice a day for three to five days. Periods will occur within a few days after stopping this tablet.  Read Full »

I have been trying to conceive for the past five years. Help me.

Query: Hello doctor,I have been trying to conceive for five years now. I have painful periods, and I see blood clots every time. I have never been conceived, I have not taken any medication before, and I have never seen a doctor.  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I fully understand your concern and will surely help you. I have gone through the details presented by you and the image shared by you (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). Do not worry. It is fine, and there is no need to panic. See, pregnancy is a...  Read Full »

I have excruciating pain during my periods. How to relieve the menstrual cramps?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 17 years old and miss my classes in school due to excruciating pain during menstruation. It did not subside even after taking medications. My mom also experienced periods pain during her teens. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Monica Mathur

Answer: Hi,Welcome to pain during periods is normal unless there is intense pain. If yes, an ultrasound investigation of the abdomen is required to diagnose endometriosis. Revert to me with the ultrasound reports.  Read Full »

I am experiencing uncontrollable stomach and back pain during periods. Can you suggest some home remedies?

Query: Hi doctor,I have an uncontrollable stomach and back pain when I am on my period. I will not be able to sit for more than half an hour during that period and will be having the same issue on the first two days of menses. I do not want to take medications until it is necessary.I want to know when year...  Read Full »

Dr. Monica Mathur

Answer: Hi,Welcome to pain during the periods is basically due to dysmenorrhea. Such conditions occur when we eat more spicy foods and stress too much. I suggest you get an ultrasound of your lower abdomen done to rule out any organic pathology like an ovarian cyst or pelvic inflammation. Ot...  Read Full »

I experience painful bleeding after masturbation, even after taking a Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate shot. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I was diagnosed and surgically treated for endometriosis a year and a half ago. Since then, I have been on the Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate shot, and I get it every eight weeks. When I do not get the shot precisely every eight weeks, I continue bleeding and continue having pain. For t...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome back to I can understand your concern. It would be better if you could share your complete medical history. Since many drugs are taken together, side effects are seen. Injection of Depo-Provera (Medroxyprogesterone Acetate) has the primary side effect of erratic bleeding...  Read Full »

Please suggest some solutions for severe pain during periods.

Query: Hi doctor, I experienced severe pain every time I had my periods. I am experiencing pain during the first day of my period. The pain usually takes three to four hours. But when I have tablet Mefenamic acid, the pain only lasts for one to two hours, but sometimes the medicine does not work. I had a c...  Read Full »

Dr. Donalyn S. Barcial

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Cyclic pelvic pain or cramps during your period is most often caused by pelvic endometriosis. The probable cause might be endometriotic implants. Ultrasound is not sensitive in its diagnosis. Hence clinical evaluation and history are of utmos...  Read Full »

Is fever with chills and painful menstrual bleeding indicative of PID (pelvic inflammatory disease)?

Query: Hi doctor, I lost 25 lbs quickly with no effort. I have managed to keep my weight up with a high-calorie diet. I get low-grade fever, chills, night sweats. Nine months back, I had no mass on CT and ultrasound. As I had worsening painful periods took another ultrasound last month, which showed a com...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The symptoms that you give, such as fever, chills, low backache, abdominal ache, painful menses, increased frequency of urine, indicate painful intercourse, and all hint towards pelvic inflammatory disease. The presence of a complex adnexal mass near the right ovary ...  Read Full »

Why do I have a painful period, facial hair, and pimples on my armpit?

Query: Hi doctor, I had an irregular period ever since I was in college, and when it comes, my period usually lasts for four days (abdomen pain is just usual, not much). However, just this month, I had a very painful experience (I do not know if it is caused by air cause I had the fan turned on while slee...  Read Full »

Dr. Sangeeta Milap

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I am sorry to hear about your problem. You could be having PCOD (Polycystic ovarian disease), in which there is ovarian dysfunction due to multiple cysts in the ovary. You might also be having pain due to some infection in the uterus, tubes, or ovaries. Get an ultrasoun...  Read Full »

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