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For women with abnormal menstrual periods, there are some lifestyle tips to help them to ease pain and discomfort.

First, if your period is irregular most of the times, including never having a period, then you need to go to see the doctor and have an evaluation. Amenorrhea, the absence of menstruation, can be caused by a variety of medical conditions, medications or lifestyle issues during the childbearing years. For example, anorexia nervosa, hyperthyroidism and excessive exercise can affect the menstrual cycle. A complete medical history and blood tests will be the first steps that your doctor takes to identify the cause of your amenorrhea and then a treatment plan is developed.

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Second, if your menstrual periods cause mild to moderate discomfort, relief may be as close as your medicine cabinet. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) often relieves mild menstrual pain. Besides, Ibuprofen, naproxen, Motrin IB, Advil, Bayer Select Pain Relief Formula and Midol IB also can relieve moderate to more severe pain. These medications work best when symptoms first begin. If menstrual pain lasts several days, your doctor may prescribe another type of pain reliever. Discuss your symptoms and treatment options with your health care professional.

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Third, next time you get painful menstrual cramps, lie down with a heating pad on your abdomen. Then use your fingertips to lightly massage your belly in a circular motion. Drinking warm, non-caffeinated beverages can help and you can also take a warm shower, perform waist-bending exercises and have a walk.

Four, if you have menstrual pain, your doctor may offer to put you on an oral contraceptive as a means of treating your discomfort. Unless you wish to stay on the pill for contraception, you can stop taking it after six to 12 months. Many women report that menstrual pain is continued relief from even after they stop taking oral contraceptives.

Last but not least, if you have one or two periods with heavy or prolonged bleeding, there's probably no reason to worry. If, however, heavy bleeding (menorrhagia) recurs during three or more consecutive menstrual periods, or if you have bleeding after menopause, or the abnormal bleeding is accompanied by fever or other symptoms, consult your health care professional. Also call your health care professional if the heavy bleeding is accompanied by pain that is not relieved by ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Avoid taking aspirin because it could worsen the bleeding problem.

However, finding the diseases that causes the abnormal period is the root. Generally speaking, there are many diseases leading to abnormal menstrual periods. For example, chlamydia can cause bleeding between periods and painful periods; endometriosis can cause painful bowel movements during the period, severe abdominal pain before and after the period, heavy periods or spotting between periods.

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