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If my period cramps hurt so much that it keeps me from doing normal tasks, are unbearable, and make me throw up, should i talk to my doctor?

Yes. If you have severe pain during menstruation, see your health care provider to get help managing your pain and to find out whether you have a more serious condition.

Women can try a variety of ways to relieve cramps during menstruation. You can

  • exercise
  • have an orgasm
  • rest
  • soak in a hot bath
  • take an over-the-counter pain reliever
  • use a heating pad


Sometimes cramps during menstruation are bad enough that they make it difficult to do everyday things. Very rarely, cramps during menstruation may be a sign of another problem.

Severe cramps may be a sign of

  • Pelvic inflammatory disease — an infection of a woman’s reproductive organs that is usually caused by an untreated sexually transmitted infection
  • Endometriosis — a condition in which the tissue that forms the lining of the uterus begins to grows outside of the uterus, around other organs
  • Fibroids — non-cancerous tumors that grow inside or around the uterus

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