Menstrual Cramps - Preparing For Your Appointment
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
You can help your
doctor diagnose and treat your condition by being prepared to answer the
- What were the dates of your last two menstrual
- If you are a teen, do you have regular
cycles, such as a period every 21 to 45 days?
- If you are an adult,
do you have regular cycles, such as a period every 21 to 35
- If you have been through
menopause, how long ago was your last menstrual
- Has your menstrual flow been
heavier bleeding than usual?
- What is your
- Is it regular, with approximately the same
number of days in between periods?
- Is it irregular? What is the
range from the longest to the shortest time interval between your
- What method of
birth control do you use? It is especially important
to tell your doctor if you use an
intrauterine device (IUD).
- Have you done a
home pregnancy test? If so, when did you do the test
and what was the result?
- Have you been under increased
psychological or physical stress?
- Have you recently gained or lost
more than 10 pounds for no known reason?
- What prescription and
nonprescription medicines are you taking?
- How does your pain
differ from your typical menstrual cramps?
- Do you engage in
high-risk sexual behaviors?
- Do you have
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
June 20, 2011
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