Patient Comments: Menstrual Cramps - Adolescent Girls

Question:

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Comment from: Airensgalaxy, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: June 25

I got my period when I was eleven. I never had cramps until around fourteen. The pain is so severe, I take days off work and school. I won't move for hours. I try taking showers and sleeping, but the pain wakes me up. I take four ibrofen but my body has begun to reject it. I've also tried birth control, it works, but it makes me sick and it gives me the shakes...

Comment from: karla, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: June 25

hi I'm 13 years old I first got my period when I was 11 it wasn't bad until now. Now I have really bad cramps and my back and legs hurt the last time I had really bad cramps I was shaking because it hurt so bad. I'm so scared when this happens I'm glad I know more about this and that I'm prepared. Thanks!

SLIDESHOW

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS): Track and Prevent Symptoms See Slideshow
Comment from: Misfit, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I'm 13 and my cramps hurt really bad, especially when I don't take a pill (Midol). When I take the pills my cramps and back pains aren't as bad or won't happen.

Comment from: kristine, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

I've had my pain now for seven years. Each month, the first and third day, I experience pain to the point where I am in tears because of the severity of the pain. I have tried hot water bottles. I can never sleep while having my period. I feel nauseous and can't eat. Honestly, it is the worst time of the month for me.

Comment from: Destiny, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: April 18

I'm 15 and I have had my period since I was 11 ½. My periods used to be irregular, but are now pretty regular (once a month). I used to have minor cramps, but for the past year, I have had such severe cramps about every other period – they are unbearable. At times, the pain is so bad, I end up throwing up. I'm so worried.

Comment from: Aunt Flow, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: April 03

My first cycle was light, but the ones after that make me feel terrible for about a week. Before my period starts, I get constipated, which adds to the crampy feeling. My back hurts, and I wish I could bring a heating pad with me to school – but that would be out of the question. It's not fair.

Comment from: Popular101, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: March 29

Some of my friends have pain in their lower stomach, and a few do not experience cramps at all during their periods. Lucky me – I have the worst cramps out of my entire group. I get them very severe in my lower stomach, along with some aching in my thighs, ankles, toes, hands, fingers, arms, back, and neck. I also get acne and bleed heavily. It's the worst three days of every month for me.

Comment from: Franchesca, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: March 29

For the most part, I get bad cramps. If I don't include much calcium in my diet and exercise throughout the month, the cramps are unbelievable. But usually, I can get rid of most of the pain with painkillers like Aleve or Midol.

QUESTION

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder is a severe form of premenstrual syndrome. See Answer

Subscribe to MedicineNet's Women's Health Newsletter

By clicking "Submit," I agree to the MedicineNet Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy. I also agree to receive emails from MedicineNet and I understand that I may opt out of MedicineNet subscriptions at any time.

CONTINUE SCROLLING FOR RELATED SLIDESHOW