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Menstrual Cramps And Exercise

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Dear BeingGirl Experts,

I like to run, but even in gym class my cramps get so bad I feel like I could die. Usually this happens only after I've been running. How can I prevent this, and why does it happen?






Dear Naomi,

Are you talking about menstrual cramps? Usually moderate exercise is good for menstrual cramps. To prevent mild to moderate cramps, try taking over-the-counter pain medication containing ibuprofen. Make sure you follow the directions on the package and get mom’s approval before taking any medication. If this doesn’t work, then talk to mom about making you an appointment with your doctor/health care provider.


Also, understand that your uterus is not the only organ in your abdomen. If the cramping you are concerned about has nothing to do with your period, let an adult (like mom) know what is happening. This adult can help you check with your health care professional about this if it is necessary.


Hope this is helpful,

Your BeingGirl Experts

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Posted January 13, 2014
I haven't started :L
Posted December 20, 2012
i havent even had my period yet and i have cramps all the time! Help with what i should do plz
Posted July 04, 2012
ugghh!! i hate cramps i get them sometimes even when im not on my period. but that runs in the family. but thx BEINGGIRL!!
Posted July 29, 2012
i just barely started its been on for four days and not had any cramps ( abnormal?)
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Posted June 28, 2012
i have menstrual cramps 2. They suck. THX FOR THE ADVICE BEINGGIRL!!! U ROOOOCCCKKK!!!
Posted September 20, 2012
Hey Barbie Girl, Well since this is your first period its normal not to get cramps, not all girls get cramps when they are on their period. Everybody is just different.. but you might get them the more periods you have:)


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