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Menstrual Cramps - Check Your Symptoms

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If you have any of the following symptoms, evaluate those symptoms first:

  • You are pregnant and have cramps: Go to the topic Pregnancy-Related Problems.
  • Unexpected vaginal bleeding: Go to the topic Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding.
  • Abdominal pain: Go to the topic Abdominal Pain, Age 11 and Younger or Abdominal Pain, Age 12 and Older.

Has sudden pain occurred with menstrual bleeding?

Do you think your menstrual cramps may be caused by sexual abuse?

Do you have menstrual cramps and a fever?

Do you have an intrauterine device (IUD) in place?

Do cramps begin 5 to 7 days before your period starts or continue after your period stops?

Have you had a change in the pattern of your menstrual cramps?

Other Symptoms to Watch For

If you have any of the following symptoms, evaluate those symptoms first:


WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: June 20, 2011
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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