Introduction to menstrual cramps.
Do you have lower abdominal pain, as well as lower back pain? It seems to be that time of the month again. This discomfort is known as dysmenorrhea, or menstrual cramps. One of every five women is affected by these period pains, which can be caused by various factors such as uterine fibroids and endometriosis. Prostaglandins, which are hormone-like substances, are also believed to trigger this condition.
Now, you probably want to know how to keep menstrual cramps in check. Here are a few of the best remedies that will help you get menstrual cramp relief.
It may seem wild to talk about pricking oneself with needles while trying to deal with menstrual cramps, but hear us out. Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that has been used for millennia, although many Western doctors don’t understand the benefits of this form of treatment.
This method has effectively been used to treat chronic pain, such as menstrual cramps. It has been proven that acupuncture can relieve period pains and accompanying ailments, such as headaches and dizziness. Manual acupuncture, in which very thin needles are inserted into various parts of the body, can improve a woman’s life during menstruation.
Over-the-counter pain relievers.
A doctor may recommend over-the-counter pain killers, such as ibuprofen, paracetamol, or naproxen sodium, to be taken as prescribed before you start your period. These pain relievers can help control your menstrual cramps. Anti-inflammatory drugs may also be prescribed. Take these at the start of your period or when you first start experiencing signs of cramping. Continue with the dose as prescribed until the pain is gone.
Hormonal birth control.
When the ovum is not fertilized during ovulation, it triggers menstruation. This is where hormonal birth control can come into the picture. Oral birth control pills, for example, have hormones that stop ovulation from happening. This, therefore, can reduce menstrual cramps. There are other various forms of hormonal birth control, such as the insertion of an IUD, injections, and an implant being fixed under the skin in the arm, among others.
There are menstrual cramps that occur due to other disorders, such as endometriosis or fibroids. In such cases, the best remedy may be to undergo surgery to correct the problem. The uterus can even be removed if all other approaches have failed to relieve the pain, though this should only be considered with the guidance of your OB/GYN and if you do not plan on having children of your own.
All women deserve to have good days while on their period. If you get cramps while at home, try using Comforté® cream. However, if your cramps are incredibly painful on a regular basis, book an appointment with your doctor or a gynecologist.