Menstrual Pain and the Cramps of it.
Menstrual Pain also known as dysmenorrhea is a common condition and normal part of the menstrual cycle. The pain occurs in woman’s lower abdomen when menstrual period begins or just before and may last for a few days. Most women experience menstrual pain during their period.
The pain can sometimes come in the form of intense cramps and can spread to the thighs. A constant pain or pressure may be felt in the lower abdomen. İt generally begins just 1 or 2 days before the period and lasts from 2 to 3 days. Stomachaches may vary for each menstrual period. In some periods, symptoms can be milder, while some periods may cause severe pain.
What Causes Menstrual Pain And Cramps?
Prostaglandins, a chemical secreted in the body, causes menstrual pains. Prostaglandins encourage the uterine muscles to be more contract. Therefore, some women may experience more painful periods than others. If a woman’s body secretes more prostaglandins, that means she experience a stronger pain.
Risk Factors include:
Having a family history of painful menstrual periods
Having irregular periods
Heavy bleeding during periods
Symtoms of Period Pain
Menstrual pain may be accompanied by other symptoms:
Lower back pain
How Can You Manage The Pain?
Applying a heating pad on your lower abdomen may relieves menstrual pains.
Regular exercise: Many studies show that doing regular exercise reduces severe pain.
Massage your abdomen
Taking a warm bath relaxes your body
Take supplements: Supplements such as vitamin E, vitamin B-1, Calcium, Magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce the severity of menstrual pain
Take medication such as ibuprofen
Practicing relaxation techniques such as yoga or pilates.
Stop smoking: Smoking may increase menstrual pains.
Eating light foods
Reduce alcohol, caffeine intake and etc.