Bad menstrual cramps or severe menstrual cramps is used by women to commonly refer to very serious menstrual cramps.
In some way, it seems to imply there are 'good cramps'.
word 'bad' is used to distinguish severe menstrual cramps from usual
menstrual cramps which most women suffer from and could be handled at
home without seeking medical care
Indicators Of Bad Menstrual Cramps
Sometimes, women with the primary cramps( primary dysmenorrhea) may have a severe episode that may
warrant medical attention. Indicators of a severe cramp include
Pain not responding to usual maximum home therapy.
Pain with sudden change of severity or location.
3. Multiple home care options tried but you do not seem to find the best that suits you.
4. Extremely severe pains.
5. Serious associated symptoms like fainting and dizziness.
Indicators Of An Underlying Disease
These are the indicators of secondary dysmenorrhea , meaning your
severe menstrual cramps are due to a disease that should be treated.
Onset of menstrual cramps in the 20s or 30s, after relatively painless menstrual cycles in the past.
Heavy menstrual bleeding or irregular cycles
Painful sexual intercourse( Dyspareunia)
Vaginal discharge especially if it is offensive with yellow or green coloration.
Pain that is not responding to the usual pain-killers especially the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
Sudden change of intensity and/or location of the usual menstrual cramp.
The treatment for severe menstrual cramps is determined by its type,
whether it is primary menstrual cramps with no cause identified or
secondary cramps caused by some disease of the pelvic organs.
Different scenarios are possible
If you are having primary menstrual cramps since you started menstruating
and it usually gets really severe so the extend that home remedies do
not work, then you will have to be given prescription medications.
Severe cases will need emergency treatment with stronger drugs in the
hospital. Thereafter, more potent drugs will be prescribed to control
If you have been having primary cramps since menarche and it is becoming severe,
it may not be the usual cramps you have been having. It should be
evaluated. You may develop secondary cramps added to the primary cramps
and therefore any diseases should be excluded and before pain is simply
controlled. Be careful not to assume it is the usual in such cases.
If you have not been having cramps and develop severe menstrual cramps,
please visit your doctor or emergency unit. Do not attempt treating at
home for days. You may allow time for any disease process to progress
making treatment even more difficult.
If you have been diagnosed with a disease that is causing you menstrual cramps and it is suddenly very severe, it may be an additional disease process or a complication of the known disease. Please visit your doctor.
line? Bad menstrual cramps should be evaluated at the hospital and
should not be treated at home before this evaluation is done to exclude
treatable causes. After this, more appropriate therapy will be
prescribed that could be used at home.