Period Pain (Dysmenorrhoea)
Dysmenorrhoea is period pain that is severe enough to affect a woman’s ability to function normally. Aside from the pain itself, there can be faintness, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. It can lead to a lot of discomfort and missed days from school, uni and work. Many women simply put up with it on a monthly basis- but there are effective treatment options, ranging from anti-inflammatories to the contraceptive pill. In certain cases, there may be an underlying cause that needs to be dealt with, such as endometriosis- so it’s advisable to speak to a doctor about the symptoms. For anti-inflammatories to be helpful they should be started before the pain gets bad ( as early in the period as possible). This stops prostaglandins forming in the uterus- the substances that cause the cramping. For more information on dysmenorrhoea, take a look at the articles below.