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low abdominal pain that may range from a colicky feeling to a constant dull ache. The pain may radiate to the lower back and legs. Menstrual cramps are often associated with the beginning of menses, reaching a peak in 24 hours and subsiding after 2 days. Treatment may include administration of ibuprofen or other drugs immediately before and after the start of menses. See also dysmenorrhea.
menstrual crampsSpasmodic dysmenorrhea Gynecology Painful cramps, spasms, lower abdominal discomfort, generally occurring on the first day of the menstrual period; the pain may extend to the low back, thighs, pelvis, and be accompanied by N&V, dizziness, fainting; MCs tend to lessen in severity after age 30. Cf Frozen section.
men·stru·al cramps(men'strū-ăl kramps)
Abdominopelvic pain accompanying menstruation.
An abdominal cramp associated with menstruation.See: dysmenorrhea
See also: cramp