Complications – Painful Periods
Mild cramping during your period is common and usually normal. In this case, ibuprofen or other over-the-counter pain relievers, works nicely at keeping women comfortable and functioning during their period. However, some women experience disabling pain during their menstrual cycle. Often, for these women, nothing seems to completely get rid of the pain. They may experience pain with intercourse or at other times of the month. They may miss work and be unable to function in their normal capacity. If this sounds like you, please seek medical evaluation.
There may be underlying abnormalities that can explain the pain. One of the more common gynecologic abnormalities that may cause this pain is endometriosis. Your doctor may recommend surgery to help diagnose this condition, or it may be possible to treat empirically with special medications. Another important step, would be to rule out other non-gynecologic disorders, such as bowel, bladder, or orthopedic disorders. Our doctors at Oasis will be happy to discuss these options with you and answer any questions you may have.