Increased Cramping During Menopause?
During your late forties or early fifties, you will begin a new stage of life, common to all womenmenopause. Some rejoice at the thought to no longer having to buy tampons. Others cry, realizing their childbearing days are over. However, all experience new (and usually unpleasant) changes in their monthly hormonal cycle, one of which is cramping. Increased cramping, unfortunately, is not unusual for women later in life, but there are a number of treatment options. You don't have to live with the pain of menopausal cramps.
If you experienced cramping during your menstrual cycle, you will most likely experience it after you stop menstruating as well. This begins to occur during the first stage of menopause, called perimenopause. You may continue to experience menstruation irregularly during this time, but it is common to get cramps even without bleeding. You have officially entered the menopause stage of life after you have not experienced a period for one year. At this time, cramping may still occur monthlyjust because your ovaries no longer produce eggs does not mean you do not still experience some kind of monthly hormonal cyclebut it is rare, so talk to your doctor to be sure that you are otherwise healthy. Cramps after you have not experienced bleeding for over a year may indicate other more serious health problems. Also talk to your doctor if you have never experienced cramping before, but begin to suffer from cramps regularly.
You have a number of treatment options to relieve the pain you may experience from cramping, and your doctor can help you choose the best course of action for your body. While some women may find relief in simple over-the-counter medicines (the same ones used in earlier years for relief with menstruation cramping), others seek prescription strength drugs. In recent years, the idea of hormone replacement therapy has become a less popular option due to its association with cancer, but some doctors still recommend this course of action.
Natural remedies, such as herbs, are receiving thumbs ups from women across the country, and are now one of the most common treatments for menopausal women, as they help with not only cramping, but with other symptoms as well. This is a type of alternative medicine that is still being studied, but many women swear by the use of herbal remedies. Other alternative medicine treatment options include acupuncture, acupressure, and meditation.
There are also things you can do to relieve cramps at home, without medicine or medical procedures. These are often the same remedies used by menstruating women to relieve cramps during their periods. Try a warm bath to help with the tension and pain. Also remember that regular sexual activity is healthy and a great way to stop cramping. Massage can also be used at home as a temporary fix to cramps.
Overall, it is simply important to keep an open dialogue with your doctor about the numerous changes that are taking place in your body. Cramps are a common problem for the majority of women going through menopause, so you are not alone in your struggle to stop the painful cramping in the perimenopause stage of life.
Frequently Asked Questions
Painful cramps/no period/age 50/not preg?
I went through my normal ovulation monthly cycle, and have been having painful cramps like my body wants to start my period, but am not menstruating. I'm 50, not pregnant, and have hypothyroidism. Is this just perimenopause, menopause, or something else? The painful cramps are getting old.
At your age it is most likely Menopause. Go to your doctor or gyno for a diagnosis and to discuss possible treatments to help you.
How long will phantom period symptoms last? For Postmenopausal ladies?
I'm in the late stages of perimenopause, and now I'm having "Phantom Periods." These phantom periods come with all of the symptoms of a regular period, including cramps, low back ache, joint and muscle pain, bloating, severe PMS, etc. but no bleeding. And, no, I'm not pregnant, because I had my tubes tied years ago. I get hot flashes too, but, overall, they aren't as bad as they were a few years ago. Plus, my moods are seeming to mellow a bit.
My question is how long will the phantom period symptoms last? Will I continue to have menstrual symptoms? Will it get better soon?
I've suffered a severe perimenopause that has lasted a good 10+ years. I had chaotic heavy periods coming at all times of the month for many years--sometimes as many as 3 periods a month. And then, they became somewhat normal for the past year, only the length of time between them was only 21 days (they used to be 28 days or more). Now, I've evolved to this stage where I'm skipping periods. So it's doubtlessly almost done. And to me that's a blessing.
Please tell me about your experience with menopause. I'd love to know how long you were in this stage before your periods stopped completely and when and if the symptoms began to subside.
I have been through some of these symptoms myself. Everyone is different when it comes to symptoms and how long this will last. Once you start skipping periods you are at the beginning of the end. I was one of the very strange women whose periods just stopped. I didnt even skip one period. It just came to an end for me but the hot flashes continued and subsequent mood swings although they have lessened. I do take a small dosage of bio identical hormones. It seems to help alot. I also might add that this is fairly recent for me and that I went through this at an age that is younger than normal. I dont know if this helps or not but thats my story!
Periods Babies & perimenopause?
Ok this is a serious & complicated question.. ( or questions)
I am Having Some serious bad menstrual cramps, but im late by a week for my period, & not pregnant, Im 39 & still desperately trying to have a baby after 4 years trying, it breaks my heart, However I too am experiencing the whole Peri-menopause symptoms of hot flashes during the day, Night sweats, sore breasts, Crying for no reason, loving/hating my poor husband who totally understands ( god i love him), Im like angry one minute & crying the next & yes that quick & yet nothing provoked it. & OMG the hot flashes!
ok so here is one question
1. whats happening & can a dr, diagnose me? Mine wont.
2, i have been taking OTC medicine called new phase, which helps but has black cohosh in it, & thats a no no for preggers women, Im not but trying. can i still take the medicine?
My heart hurts over this. i dont want to choose yet, & i cant yet make peace with not having a baby if my dr wont tell me if i can or not. i cant change drs again did that 5 times but my insurance wont let me any more so.. what do i do there??
Should i demand my dr to check me for menopause or perimenopause?
Can i be on this OTC new phase complete & still try to have a baby? i need hope desperately... Im so torn on what to do without answers.
I have an OBGYN, but she keeps refusing to allow me On anything for perimenopause tho she wont check me to see if im even there, & she refuses to refer me to anyone that can help me in the preggers dept. i cant change drs again.. medicaid wont allow it. so im stuck... In between places.. thats why i need this answer