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Menstrual Cramps Directory

Menstrual cramps, also called dysmenorrhea, are a common form of pain in menstruating women. They may start shortly before a woman's period and last for several days. Menstrual cramps can cause pain in the abdomen, hips, lower back, and inner thighs. Menstrual cramp relief can come from over-the-counter painkillers, heating pads, massage, rest, and avoiding caffeine and alcohol. For severe cramps, your doctor can prescribe medications. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about what causes menstrual cramps, how to find pain relief, and much more.

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