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 requires medical evaluation. At Austin Southwest OB/GYN located in South Austin Dr. Asfouri offers effective solutions for alleviating painful cramps and identifying the cause of abnormal period pain.
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.
Period cramps are caused by chemicals released by the uterus during a period that make muscles contract and relax. Cramps can also have an organic cause that is affecting your reproductive organs, such as:
You may also experience symptoms associated with cramps including:
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.
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:
Anti-inflammatory or pain relief medications
There is always a tretament that should work for you so you don't have to live in pain.