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Menstrual cramps

Menstrual cramps: Introduction

Menstrual cramps: Pelvic or other menstrual-related pains. See detailed information below for a list of 16 causes of Menstrual cramps, Symptom Checker, Assessment Questionnaire, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

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Causes of Menstrual cramps:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Menstrual cramps. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Menstrual cramps

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Menstrual cramps: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Menstrual cramps, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Menstrual cramps Treatments

Some of the possible treatments listed in sources for treatment of Menstrual cramps may include:

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Alternative Treatments for Menstrual cramps

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Stories from Users for Menstrual cramps

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Message Boards for Menstrual cramps

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Diagnostic tests for Menstrual cramps:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Menstrual cramps. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Manual vaginal examination to examine for masses, tenderness or enlarged uterus. If a mass around the ovaries or fallopian tubes is felt may suggest salpingo-oophoritis (infection of the ovaries and fallopian tubes), endometriosis with a cyst, malignancy ovarian tumor or ectopic pregnancy. If the uterus is felt to be abnormal may suggest fibroids, endometrial cancer (cancer of the womb), uterine pregnancy, retroverted uterus, endometrial cast or cervical polyp. If considerable tenderness when consider pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy and possibly endometriosis
    • Examine for discharge coming from the cervix which suggests pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Blood tests
    • Full blood count and ESR
    • Electrolytes
    • Thyroid function test
  • more tests...»

Menstrual cramps: Animations

Medications or substances causing Menstrual cramps:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Menstrual cramps as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Menstrual cramps: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Menstrual cramps may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Menstrual cramps

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Menstrual cramps. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

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Menstrual cramps: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Menstrual cramps

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Menstrual cramps: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Hospitals & Clinics: Menstrual cramps

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Menstrual cramps: Related Rare Diseases

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Menstrual cramps: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Organs affected by Menstrual cramps:

The list of organs typically affected by Menstrual cramps may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Menstrual cramps

The list below shows some of the causes of Menstrual cramps mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Menstrual cramps?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Menstrual cramps. Of the 16 causes of Menstrual cramps that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 5 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 1 causes are "common" diseases
  • 0 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 0 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 13 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Menstrual cramps:

The following list of conditions have 'Menstrual cramps' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Causes of Menstrual cramps Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Menstrual cramps based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Menstrual cramps?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Menstrual cramps, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    Classifications of Menstrual cramps:

    Medical Conditions associated with Menstrual cramps:

    Dysmenorrhea (54 causes), Cramps (339 causes), Menstrual irregularities (559 causes), Female sexual symptoms (505 causes), Menstrual symptoms (559 causes), Uterus symptoms (429 causes), Lower abdominal symptoms (3048 causes), Women's health symptoms (1177 causes), Vagina symptoms (443 causes), Female genital symptoms (529 causes), Genital symptoms (986 causes), Pain symptoms (6458 causes), Sensory symptoms (7134 causes), Muscle symptoms (7251 causes), Musculoskeletal symptoms (6264 causes), Nerve symptoms (9132 causes), Neurological symptoms (9575 causes), Sensations (6520 causes), Digestive symptoms (5299 causes), Abdominal symptoms (5930 causes), Brain symptoms (2787 causes), Bleeding symptoms (1783 causes), Pregnancy symptoms (699 causes), Sexual symptoms (1838 causes), Common symptoms (8589 causes), Body symptoms (5672 causes), Intercourse symptoms (258 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes), Female reproductive symptoms (928 causes), Mens health symptoms (291 causes)

    Symptoms related to Menstrual cramps:

    Dysmenorrhea (54 causes), Menstrual pain (28 causes), Cramps (339 causes), Menstrual symptoms (559 causes), Pelvic pain (164 causes), Menstrual bleeding, Vaginal bleeding (147 causes), Primary dysmenorrhea, Secondary dysmenorrhea, Premenstrual syndrome (17 causes), Mood changes (133 causes), Bloating (201 causes), Nausea (2564 causes), Vomiting (2819 causes), Dysfunctional uterine bleeding, fibroids (5 causes), endometriosis

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    Evidence Based Medicine Research for Menstrual cramps

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