Period Pain

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.

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Endometriosis and painful periods

Endometriosis is a condition that affects about 1 in 10 women, most commonly between the ages of 25 and 40. If a woman has endometriosis, the kind of tissue that lines the uterus (womb) starts to grow outside the uterus, in places where it shouldn’t normally be- most commonly on and around the ovaries, [...]

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Period pain- the facts and how to treat it

Dysmenorrhoea is a medical term for period pain that is bad enough to affect a woman’s usual daily activities. Sometimes non-sufferers don’t fully understand just how bad it can be. Women and girls can be reduced to total misery on a monthly basis- with fainting, vomiting, diarrhoea, and agonising abdominal and thigh pain. Often, [...]

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