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Period Pain

Experiencing period pain is normal for some women.  However,  no matter how normal it may have become, experiencing it every month is no fun at all.  On this page, we offer a wide variety of period pain remedies from pain relievers to herbal preparations and magnets.  All of these aim to help alleviate period pain, so you can greet your monthly cycle with ease.  What is period pain? What are the causes? What are the symptoms? When should period pain cause alarm? Tips and remedies for period painPrices are Inclusive of GST (sales Tax).

Page updated 06/04/18 12:47:36 p.m.

What is period pain?

Also called dysmenorrhea, period pain or menstrual cramps are defined as sharp pains felt in the lower abdomen and usually occurring at the onset of the menstrual period. These pains may last for 2-3 days.  Period pain should not be mistaken with premenstrual syndrome discomfort, although the characteristics may be the same. Menstrual cramps can be mild to severe. You can tell that they are mild when all you feel is discomfort and a sense of heaviness in the belly. But you will know that they're severe when the pain really interferes with regular activities and lasts for several days.

What are the causes?

A woman's reproductive system is quite complex and sometimes the organs involved in this system can cause certain pains and discomfort. Menstrual pain is one of these mysteries that can only be explained by the contractions in the uterus.  Pain is experienced when the uterus contracts too strongly and presses against nearby blood vessels, cutting off the supply of oxygen to the muscle tissue.

On certain occasions, menstrual cramps can also be caused by problems in the uterus or other organs that are part of the female reproductive system.  

What are the symptoms?

The most common period pain symptom is the pain that you will feel in the lower abdomen and pelvis. This can extend to the lower back, inner thigh, hips and legs, which can be quite painful. It can either be periodic or continual.

When the cramps are severe, symptoms may include upset stomach.  Some women may also experience vomiting, loose stools, headache, nausea or constipation.

When should period pain cause alarm?

It all depends on the person suffering from this condition whether or not she should start worrying.  Women who experience severe period pain plus accompanying symptoms such as the ones mentioned above can merit concern. This can be especially true when the pain plus other symptoms cause you to stay in bed for several days unable to perform daily tasks.  This definitely merits a consultation with the doctor so proper treatment can be recommended.

Tips and remedies for period pain

  • Apply a heat pad on the affected area.
  • Do a massage around the lower belly area, using a light circular motion.
  • Drink warm beverages.
  • Eat light but frequent meals.
  • Eat foods that are rich in complex carbs and consume less salt, sugar, alcohol and caffeine.
  • Keep your legs raised while lying down, or lie on your side with your knees bent.
  • Do some yoga and meditation.
  • Take pain relief medications such as ibuprofen or paracetamol.  
  • Take warm baths and showers
Page updated 06/04/18 12:47:36 p.m.
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