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    Bqueen1959 posted:
    At 54 years old who want to go though this everyday worse part about the situation when I was young I never had cramps and always had a normal period I don't smoke drink live a healthy life style what am I doing wrong I hope the Advil don't hurt me in the long run that is all I can take for the cramps.
    Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
    Dear Bqueen1959,
    Advil is ibuprofen, which blocks the making of a chemical made by the uterus called prostaglandins. There are other prostaglandin blockers available over the counter; another type is called Aleve, and the generic name for that is naproxen. You could try that and see if it helps. Most importantly, with either medication, don't wait for your cramps to get bad; you should take Advil or Aleve early. You should always take these types of medication with some food, to try to keep stomach irritation down.
    If these don't really help, you should check in with your health care provider for a check up, or an ultrasound of your pelvis. Cramping is not a typical menopausal symptom; it would be more likely associated with fibroids or endometriosis. It is also possible that you could have something going on with your intestines, which could give you similar pain to uterine cramps. So bottom line: if Advil or Aleve aren't really helping a lot, check in with the health care provider.
    Good luck,
    Mary Jane

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