Menstruation occurs when the uterus sheds its lining once a month. Some pain, cramping, and discomfort during menstrual periods is normal. Excessive pain that causes you to miss work or school is not.
Unfortunately, a lot of women experience excessive pain during menstruation. This condition is known as dysmenorrhea. It does not only make them highly uncomfortable but in a good number of cases it leaves them incapacitated.
Some people think that dysmenorrhea is natural and there's nothing they can do about it other than to live with it months after months. This is not true. Dysmenorrhea is neither mysterious nor metaphysical, it is practicals and technical, and every technical problem has a solution.
Thus the aim of this article is to give you the solutions.
The good news is that there are very simple but effective ways to stop such aching pains during menstruation. Those methods which I'll outline in this article are so efficacious and handy. But before that, let me lay a little more emphasis on dysmenorrhea because if you understand how it comes, you'll understand how it'll be solved better.
There are two types of dysmenorrhea: primary and secondary. Primary dysmenorrhea occurs in people who experience pain before and during menstruation. If you’ve had normal periods that become painful later in life, it may be secondary dysmenorrhea. A condition affecting the uterus or other pelvic organs, such as endometriosis or uterine fibroids, can cause this.
Causes of painful menstrual periods.
1. Age: women who're below 20yrs experience dysmenorrhea than those above.
2. Having a family history of painful periods.
4. Having irregular periods.
5. Never having had a baby: after childbirth, menstrual periods are less painful.
6. Reaching puberty before age 11.
Painful menstrual periods can also be the result of an underlying medical condition, such as:
1. Fibroids in the uterus. Fibroids are noncancerous tumors that can put pressure on the uterus or cause abnormal menstruation and pain, though they often don’t cause symptoms.
2. Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID is an infection of the uterus, fallopian tubes, or ovaries often caused by sexually transmitted bacteria that cause inflammation of the reproductive organs and pain.
3. Adenomyosis. This is a rare condition in which the uterine lining grows into the muscular wall of the uterus, causing inflammation, pressure, and pain. It can also cause longer or heavier periods.
4. Cervical stenosis. Cervical stenosis is a rare condition in which the cervix is so small or narrow that it slows menstrual flow, causing an increase of pressure inside the uterus that causes pain.
Have you seen that at times menstrual pain is not normal but as a result of one underlying health condition or the other?
Here are simple and effective ways of handling it.
Home treatments are handy. To effectively stop menstrual pain at home do the following:
1. Use a heating pad on your pelvic area or back.
2. Massage your abdomen.
3. Take a warm bath.
4. Do regular physical exercise.
5. Eat light, nutritious meals.
6. Practice relaxation techniques or yoga.
7. Raise your legs or lie with your knees bent.
1 Take anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen several days before you expect your period.
2. Take vitamins and supplements such as:
omega-3 fatty acids
3. Reduce your intake of salt, alcohol, caffeine, and sugar to prevent bloating.
4. Take pain medication such as paracetamol.
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