Should you be worried about painful menstrual cramps?
Many women experience cramps during their periods, but how do you know when your cramps are a sign of something serious? If you’re suffering from painful cramping during menstruation, consult with your women’s services specialist to find out what could be causing your cramps and if you need treatment. Here is what you need to know.
What kinds of cramps are normal?
There is no strict definition of normal when it comes to any part of menstruation. Cramps are a common complaint during periods and experiencing them is not a necessarily a sign of a problem.
However, these symptoms may indicate that you should see your physician:
- Your cramps seem to be worse than those of your family and friends
- Your cramps interfere with your ability to work or do your normal activities
- You don’t get relief from your cramping with home remedies or over-the-counter medications
- You have menstrual-like cramps at other times of the month
- You have fever or vaginal discharge with cramps
Even if your symptoms don’t fall into those categories, you should see your gynecologist if you are concerned about your cramps, as suggested in the video.
What are some common causes of severe cramps?
Many different things can cause severe cramping during your period, including:
- Uterine fibroids
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Displaced IUD
- Overproduction of the hormone prostaglandin
Your physician will perform an exam and other tests to determine if any of these conditions is causing your cramping, so that he or she can start a treatment plan for you.
What treatments are available?
Treatment for severe cramping depends on the cause. Some potential remedies your physician may use are:
- Medications, such as birth control pills
- Pain medications
Because some of the conditions that cause cramping can also cause infertility, getting a diagnosis and starting treatment is important.
Let a women’s services physician in West Hills at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center help you find a solution for painful period cramps. You can get a referral to one of our providers by calling (818) 676-4321.