Menstrual Cramps: Symptoms & Pain Relief
By Med-Fit Content Team . Last Updated Thursday, 1st June 2023Period Pains are a common and normal occurrence during a woman's menstrual cycle. However, when these cramps become extremely intense and painful, they are given a medical term called dysmenorrhea, recognized even by doctors.
Why are Periods Painful?
Can Painful Period Cramps be a sign of something else?
Some women do suffer from:
- Uterine Fibroids – this medical condition is a noncancerous growth that emerges inside the uterine walls. This growth can range in size from one tiny speck to several masses.
- Endometriosis – This type of condition is quite regular in women of younger ages. This usually occurs when tissue that normally line the inside of the uterus grows outside of the uterus, often sticking to the ovaries, bowels and bladder.
- Adenomyosis – This condition is when the tissue that usually lines the uterus begins to grow within the organs muscle walls.
- PCOS – Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is also very regular amongst younger women. This happens when you have heavy bleeding and clotting along with severe period pain, not the best of mixes. Other symptoms of PCOS can be even more specific, such as: Fertility problems, excess facial hair, oily skin, acne, weight gain and irregular periods.
- Other Things – Secondary Dysmenorrhoea include ovarian cysts, endometrial polyps, STI’s and tumours. Secondary Dysmenorrhoea can be in fact caused by PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome).
How do I relieve my Period Cramps?
When your periods become irregular, excessively painful, or unusually heavy, it is important to prioritize finding suitable pain relief or seeking treatment for the sake of your health. However, it's worth noting that while there are various treatments available, not all of them may effectively alleviate your pain.
Most methods of cramp or period pain relief do at least one of the following, or most of them at once:
- Block Pain
- Reduce Inflammation
- Treating underlying health conditions such as endometriosis or PCOS
- Limit Prostaglandin Production
Methods you may like to try:
- Tens Machines – Depending on the machine, they can help reduce inflammation, block pain and come with many more added benefits.
Types of Tens Machines we recommend, 2 of our most popular products amongst women:
1. Wireless Tens Machines
2. Dual Channel Tens Machines
- Medication (subscribed by your doctor) - it's likely your doctor will prescribe you naproxen or codeine if other painkillers do not work.
- Supplements - such as: Starflower Oil, Omega 3, Magnesium, Vitamin B12.
- Diet Changes
- Regular Exercising