Patient Comments: Menstrual Cramps - Adolescent Girls

If you are under age 18, describe your experience with menstrual cramps.

Comment from: Anna, Female (Patient) Published: November 13

I am fourteen now but I started getting my period a little over a year ago. When I got my first period, it was severely painful and lasted 8 days. For the next 6 months my cramps would get worse each month and I would bleed for 8 days. I was missing 3 to 4 days of school each month because of the pain. I went to my doctor and got started on the pill. It worked great for the first month but after that I developed migraines. My doctor took me off the pill during the 2 week long migraine. I would have 3 or 4 migraines a week and my doctor was concerned so she refused to put me back on the pill. So she prescribed me a painkiller meant for cramps. However, it did not work. A few months later I finally got back on the pill but the lowest dosage possible. Then I started having my period every other week. I just recently started on a slightly higher dosage birth control and it solved the irregularity but my cramps are still unbearable. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night screaming in pain.

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Comment from: mina, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 19

My daughter, 12 years old, started her period when she was 11. She was doing fine, but about 8 months ago now she's having extremely severe menstrual cramps and bloating, and thigh and butt pain, and she says a twitching sharp pain in lower abdomen and down. I feel pity. No painkillers help her enough. She is missing a lot of school each month due to this. I am clueless as to how to help. I decided to visit the gynecologist this month. I hope there's no issue, and some sensible medicine to help her.

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Comment from: vivi, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 09

I started having cramps in high school. Usually it was just pelvic pain so it would seem like I keep shifting around at my desk due to sitting problems. My flow amount is stable but it starts usually a week early than the date of the last flow. So at some point, it seems like I would skip a month but my next menstrual flow will begin right at the beginning of the next month. Once I hit college, I started taking Thai health tablets that helps improve blood health because a nurse told me I had low iron in my blood back during high school. The side effects I experienced were that my menstrual flow was not heavy and stable and I experienced no cramps at all. However, I soon ran out of tablets and the first menstruation after that was awfully painful. I feel bone pain on my hips, down my thighs, and up my spine. I get nauseous and a little dizzy, sometimes to the point of vomiting. My body also heats up tremendously and I would feel hot even outside during the winter. The pain is unbearable so I usually stay in bed all day. Depending on my schedule, if it was a busy day, I would take Pamprin and within an hour I would feel better. If it wasn't busy, I usually just skip out and stay home with heat pack. I also drink a lot more water because I think it eases the cramps. That's how I deal with my cramps.

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Comment from: Kate, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

I started my period when I was 16, of course I was a late bloomer for a lot of things. Even in my 20s I have a few baby teeth. My period has always been heavy and moderately to severely painful, not at all what I was told it would be like from my physical education classes. I remember staying home because the pain would get so bad I couldn't move. I still get all the icky symptoms: bloating, back aches, neck and leg pain, moderate cramping, chills or sweats and even cravings for sweets or salty foods depending on my mood. But Advil liquid gels and a heating pad generally do the trick. On my worst days I need stronger pain medication and something to help me sleep.

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Comment from: Neha, 7-12 Female (Patient) Published: March 29

Hi I am a 12 year old girl, and I first started experiencing menstrual cramps last year. Whenever my periods occur the cramps are usually severe. The first time I had them it hurt so much I went home early 4 days in a row! Now I use a heating pad of some-sort and it helps me with the pain. But my blood flow gets really, really heavy. Before I read this article I didn't know why this occurred, but now I am prepared.

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Comment from: Ouchie, 7-12 Female (Patient) Published: June 25

Hi, I am 12 years old, and my menstrual cramps bother me a lot. It's the worst 5 days of each month for me. I don't experience cramps when I just find out I'm on my period. I experience them later, once I'm wearing a pad.

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