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Painful menstrual cramps (called dysmenorrhea) are one of the most common reasons women seek medical attention. Painful periods can cause cramping in the back, thighs, and belly. You may also have diarrhea, constipation, or nausea. Some women get dizzy.
Pain medicine and home treatment can help ease your cramps.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: February 19, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & RSURemoved
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