Menstrual Cramps - Menstrual Pain (dysmenorrhea)

The medical term for menstrual cramps is dysmenorrhea. Most women have regular menstrual periods once every month. It is very common that women get mild pain, tightness in the abdomen and in general feel a little uncomfortable in their menstruation. The pain can vary from mild aches to severe, stabbing pain in the abdomen, pull the lower back caused by tension, fatigue and pain in the lumbar region. For most, the symptoms are well known and the same from time to time, and any pain can be managed with a few painkillers with ibuprofen eg Ipren. In others, the monthly bleeding and pain so severe - almost debilitating that they may be forced to neglect from school or work or social functions and almost every month is 'in bed' one or two days.

The pain is often described as sharp, spasmodic contractions of the abdomen - like Braxton Hicks, with radiation to the lumbar region. The pain may begin shortly before their period and are usually most severe during the first days of menstruation. After they subside gradually. In some pain can be accompanied by fatigue and lack of energy. The pain caused by contractions of the uterine muscle. In the most severe cases, pain can be accompanied by symptoms such as headache, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Menstrual pain appears to be more common in overweight and smokers.

Treatment of mild pain and discomfort of menstruation

Menstrual Cramps can be treated either with painkillers or the contraceptive pill, which in some cases can make bleeding weaker, shorter and less painful. Can also help in very lengthy periods. At the same time, a contraceptive Pill treatment combined with pain management. Medical regarded ibuprofen tablets such Ipren or Ibuprofen as being best against menstrual Cramps. Take the recommended dose as soon as you feel that the pain is coming. If the tablets of ibuprofen is not suitable for you, try paracetamol preparations such Pamol.

The natural pain caused by contractions of the uterine muscle during menstruation. Contractions that can take hold and be extra spasmodic. This is because on the one hand, high levels of certain hormones (prostaglandins) in the blood and on the other hand, probably of tension, if you tense against the pain by tightening muscles in lower back, pelvic floor and thighs. It is therefore a good idea to do relaxation exercises. If non-prescription medicines and exercises do not help and you've really hurt, do not hesitate to consult a doctor.

Treatment of severe Menstrual Cramps

In severe menstrual pain can be treated with a little tougher anti-rheumatic drugs with ibuprofen, however, require a prescription eg Ibumetin or Ibuprofen. That is, NSAIDs (Non steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug) which also has an analgesic effect by heavy painful menstrual bleeding. In principle, NSAIDS ideal to alleviate menstrual pain, because they work by blocking the production of certain hormones (prostaglandins). The result is less pain, swelling and inflammation. NSAIDs should not be used in women who have ulcers or asthma. Here painkiller with paracetamol used.

But otherwise dealt severe menstrual Cramps using 'The Pill', which in addition to preventing pregnancy can also make bleeding weaker and help in a very lengthy periods. The effect is achieved because the COC inhibits ovulation, decreases the amount of "prostaglandin" in the womb lining and reduce the amount of menstrual blood - and the Pill therapy combined with pain management. It's always a good idea to be explored, if you have severe menstrual Cramps. Talk to your doctor about how you can get a less painful menstruation.

Supplements and advice on menstrual cramps

Supplementation of GLA (gamma linolenic acid) is an unsaturated fatty acid which is consumed, such as Borago (borage oil), appears to act on the soothing menstrual pain. GLA also acts anti-inflammatory, reduces blood fat and blood pressure. Are you irritable and a little sad in the lead up to menstruation, it may be an idea to try out GLA capsules in this period. Borage (Borage Oil) can be purchased as supplements. - Here additional tips and advice on how you can relieve your menstrual pain:

  • Move up. Daily exercise and relaxation exercises increase blood flow and triggers the formation of the body's own painkillers morphine-like substances and gets attention away from pain. Swimming has a special sound effect.
  • Menstrual Cramps appears to be more common in overweight and smokers.
  • Keep a regular lifestyle with daily exercise, adequate sleep and rest, and if possible, try to avoid stress.
  • Women who train intensively at the elite level will very often have problems with hormonal balance.
  • Be aware that use of the copper coil can amplify menstrual pain.
  • Heat and massage relieves pain. Use eg a hot water bottle, a blanket or a heating pad and hold it against the abdomen. Heat relaxes and takes the top of the pain. Or take a good, long, hot bath.
  • Some women enjoy the opposite, namely to put some ice cold in the abdomen for 15 minutes, for example a bag of frozen peas in a tea towel. Cold causes blood vessels to tighten, which can relieve.
  • Use of oral contraceptives can reduce menstrual pain. If you are very troubled by the pain, it can often be a good idea to change the pill brand. Talk to your doctor.
  • Chamomile is very relaxing, even in the womb - so often drink chamomile tea.
  • Avoid caffeine. Cut down on caffeinated drinks like coffee, tea, cola and cocoa around the time of your period. Caffeine only makes matters worse.
  • For menstrual Cramps, you should avoid eating saturated fats and margarine. However, it is good to take supplements of fish oil as well as GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) which is available in capsules.
  • Psychological problems, anxiety and stress can greatly aggravate menstrual pain.
  • Relaxation, where eg lies on her back in bed with knees bent and hands at side, palms down, works well.
  • Calcium can provide a significant relief, several scientific studies have shown. Many do not get enough calcium in their diet. Limestone is found mainly in water that has not been cooked, the broccoli, other vegetables, seeds, almonds, nuts, nettles, dandelions and prayers as well as olives, dried and fresh fruit and fish. You need along with calcium supplements of vitamin D3 and magnesium to ensure absorption and utilization of the lime.
  • Pineapple enzymes. It may be helpful to drink fresh pineapple juice, which contains the enzyme bromelain, which relaxes the muscles.
  • Raspberry tea can relax the uterus and also contains a number of vitamins and minerals that are beneficial for menstruating women.
  • The herbs Agnus Castus and Dong queen is good for menstrual Cramps and can help to restore hormonal balance and thereby ease the symptoms of PMS (premenstrual syndrome).
  • Acupuncture or reflexology is worth a try. Acupuncture is good for pain. Experiments with acupuncture have shown that one should not wait to go to an acupuncturist for the pain is there. Indeed, it as acupuncture work better if you get treatment before menstruation.

Menstrual pain occurs most frequently in younger women and often decreases with age. At most a markedly improved after the first birth. Women who suddenly find that menstruation are changing to become painful or feel pain from the abdomen, although they are menstruating should seek medical advice. - Click on the gynecological examination >>

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