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Symptoms Not to Brush Off

Women tend to shrug off most abdominal pain as a part of being female. We keep going throughout the monthly cycle and are accustomed to the inconveniences. However, not all abdominal pain is “period-related”. Don’t ignore pain unrelated to your menstrual cycle or pain that seems untypical:

  • Upper abdominal pain that occurs after you eat a big or fatty meal. It can feel crampy and make you want to curl into a ball. Your healthcare provider might want to test for gall stones.
  • Period pain that has gotten worse with age, particularly on the 1st day of your cycle. Very painful periods can be a symptom of endometriosis.
  • Pelvic pain combined with bloating, upset stomach, or fatigue. Early ovarian cancer can have diffuse symptoms that are easy to ignore.

Speak with your OB/GYN about any abdominal or pelvic symptoms such as pain, bloating, or unusual bleeding. Early detection of problems means that treatment can be more effective.

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