Dr Oz: Menstrual Cramps & Fibroid Cramps: Samantha Pfeifer


Doctor Oz was joined by Dr. Samantha Pfeifer to discuss Menstrual Cramps and Fibroid Cramps, which can effect our quality of life.  You can reduce the intensity of your cramps by going to the doctor, but are there any Cramp Remedies that we can try on our own?  Of course! Dr Oz Fibroid Cramps

Dr Oz: Menstrual Cramps

Dr Oz said that there was a study that showed that chronic menstrual cramps can actually change your brain!  Dr Pfeifer said that when women have bad cramps, along with the anticipation of the horrible pain, it can make you depressed.  Dr Oz did a demonstration with a foam cylinder to represent a uterus, and a rope wrapped around the foam to represent our body’s chemicals.  Imagine pulling the rope tightly from both ends, which pinches and compresses the foam cylinder or your uterus.  This is what happens every month during your period.  Dr Pfeifer said that menstrual cramps can also trigger you to be more sensitive to other pain throughout your body too – so a small toothache can hurt much worse or even something like pulling out a piece of hair can be more painful than usual.  What happens during your period is that the muscles around your uterus contracts to force out the inner lining that sheds.

Best Menstrual Cramps Medicine

Dr Pfeifer told Dr Oz that aspirin and acetaminophen is ok for menstrual cramps, but not the best.  Instead, try Naproxen or Ibuprofen which are excellent for menstrual cramps.  The other problem is that most women do not take the menstrual pain killers properly, Pfeifer said you should start taking the pain killers before the cramps start and continue taking it throughout the duration of when you have the pain.  Do not wait until you get the pain.

Dr Oz: Fibroid Cramps

Fibroid Cramps feel like a lot of pressure and can even feel like you are in labor, plus there is heavy bleeding often.  Dr Oz showed a normal uterus, which is about the size of a fist normally.  Then, Dr Oz showed a uterus with fibroids, which Pfeifer said was about the size of a 4-5 month pregnancy.  There were large circles inside of the uterus, and those were fibroids, but apparently they do not even have to be that large to cause very heavy bleeding.


  1. says

    There seems to be conflicting information on using birth control pills to treat fibroids. The Fibroids Project interviewed Dr. Ayman Al-Hendy who is doing research on the effects of green tea extracts to treat fibroids. He explained that birth control pills are actually not the best option to treat uterine fibroids since the estrogen in them can make the fibroids larger. He said they do help minimize the amount of bleeding that a woman has. Visit fibroidsproject.com to hear his interview.

    Renee Brown
    Co-Founder – The Fibroids Project

  2. says

    Usually I agree with Dr. Oz but not on the subject on menstrual cramps. Ibuprofen’s most common side effect is nausea, abdominal pain and often G.I. ulcers. How can it be a good idea to take these before you get your period when so many women get nauseous and have abdominal pain before their period starts. Bloating and constipation are also common before menstruation starts, ibuprofen will make those symptoms worse. Come on… anyone can google side effects of ibuprofen and read it for themselves. Yet Dr. Oz and Dr. Pfeifer actually recommend NSAID’s. There are at least 20 commonly used herbs both Western and Eastern that have thousands of years of historical use for womens monthly cycles, yet Dr. Oz won’t acknowledge that traditional medicine exists. Their only answers is NSAID’s? Wake up and smell the herbs people!! There’s a lot more out there than Western doctors are willing to talk about. You don’t have to suffer and you don’t have to take NSAID’s and destroy your gut. Educate yourself, go to an Acupuncturist, Chiropractor or Naturopathic doctor (all licensed health professionals) and find out about all your other options. A huge study done by The Cochran Library an international organization which consolidates research proved herbs work for menstrual cramps. There were over 3000 women in the study and the study has been replicated over and over. Shame on Dr. Oz for not educating women on all their options.

  3. Tricia says

    I do NOT agree with Dr. OZ either. I simply take calcium/magnesium and I have no cramps. The thinking behind this is the two minerals most intimately connected with the function of muscles are calcium and magnesium. Therefore, if either of these two are out of balance, then muscle cramps, tension and irritability will occur.

    The lower abdominal area is already under stress during your menstrual period, as the uterine lining is being shed. Calcium and magnesium act as a buffer between this stress and you, bringing your body back into balance; consume them and you should feel the cramps dissipate

    Ladies, drugs are poison. Always do your research herbs and/or supplements are the way. Dr. Oz, knows better than to push drugs.

  4. says

    I was so excited to see that Dr. oz discussed fibroids but super disappointed in the small answer! Birth control is NOT the answer. As I lay here with my caster oil pack on and with my Evening Primrose, milk thistle and dandelion supplements I realize that he talks and supports where the funding is. So much like the medical industry! There are things to try. Do your own research ladies!!

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