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Cramps are common before and during menstruation for many women, and in most cases, they don’t indicate a health problem. However, severe cramps that interfere with daily activities should be evaluated by a gynecologist to ensure that an underlying issue isn’t contributing to the symptoms.

Watch this video to learn more about menstrual cramps. They are caused by uterine contractions that occur during menstruation and can be made worse by STDs, endometriosis, and a number of other conditions. Your gynecologist may recommend STD testing among other diagnostic procedures to determine the cause of severe cramps.

At Washington Surgi-Clinic , we provide gynecology services in Washington, D.C., ranging from Pap smears to first and second trimester abortions. Make an appointment today by calling (202) 659-9403.