Cramps Specialist

Souhail Asfouri, MD -  - Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecology

Austin Southwest Obgyn

Souhail Asfouri, MD

Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Austin, TX

You don’t have to keep suffering from painful cramps when you get your period each month. Cramping and persistent pain that doesn’t resolve with over-the-counter medications and interferes with your daily routine can indicate underlying conditions. At Austin Southwest OB/GYN in Austin, Texas, Dr. Souhail Asfouri offers effective solutions for alleviating painful cramps and identifying the cause of abnormal period pain. To schedule a consultation, book an appointment online or by calling the office.

Cramps Q & A

What causes painful cramps?

During your normal menstrual cycle, it’s common to experience cramps as the lining of the uterus sloughs off. However, when you experience frequent, painful, throbbing cramps during your period that interferes with your life, you may have underlying medical conditions that require treatment.

Two common conditions cause severe cramping:

Primary dysmenorrhea

Primary dysmenorrhea is a typical health issue that causes period pain. This condition is the result of having too many of the chemicals in your uterus that make muscles contract and relax. Cramping may start a few days before your period and last throughout the cycle. In some cases, painful cramps can last longer than your period.

Secondary dysmenorrhea

Secondary dysmenorrhea occurs if you have concurrent conditions affecting your reproductive organs, such as:

  • Adenomyosis
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Cervical stenosis
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease

You may also experience symptoms associated with cramps including:

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Loose stools
  • Radiating pain

How is period pain diagnosed?

If you experience persistent pain during or after your period that disrupts your life, Dr. Asfouri reviews your medical history and performs a pelvic exam to identify the potential causes of severe cramping. He may also recommend imaging tests, including ultrasounds or a laparoscopy, to get a closer look at your reproductive organs.

You may be at increased risk for painful cramps if you:

  • Have irregular periods
  • Are a cigarette smoker
  • Started your periods before age 11
  • Have a family history of dysmenorrhea

What treatments are available for cramps?

Depending on your diagnosis, Dr. Asfouri may recommend pain relief medications to alleviate painful cramps during your period.

If he identifies uterine fibroids or endometriosis, he may recommend other treatments to reduce your pain:

  • Surgical procedures
  • Hormonal birth control
  • Anti-inflammatory or pain relief medications

If you don’t want children, or more children, Dr. Asfouri may recommend a hysterectomy to remove your uterus and permanently end menstrual cramp pain.

Schedule a consultation online or by phone to learn more about treating severe menstrual cramps.