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Understanding New and Severe Abdominal Pain

It is very likely that your pain is caused by normal menstruation. The symptom of pain with menstruation is named "dysmenorrhea." Usually, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain medicines such as ibuprofen are very helpful.

Another problem that can cause pain before or during menses is "endometriosis." Endometriosis occurs when endometrial tissue (tissue that is normally found lining the inside of the uterus) is present in the pelvis or abdomen outside of the uterus. Endometrial tissue can ooze blood at the time of your menses, wherever this tissue is located.

It is also possible that your pain is coming from an ovarian cyst. Cysts can cause pain if they swell, if they rupture, or if they become infected.

If your pain is severe, if it persists for longer than a day, or if you develop fever or nausea along with your pain, then you should be evaluated by a doctor to make sure it is not from a more serious problem, such as appendicitis.

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