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I have very painful periods. What can I do to reduce the pain?
Menstrual cramps are caused due to the shedding of the inner lining of the uterine wall. This shedding is assisted by a host of hormones, the master being 'prostaglandins'. Where there is pain there are prostaglandins! This hormone is responsible for pushing the lining of the uterus out during your periods. Apart from all the hormonal action, the poor uterus is devoid of blood, therefore the muscle spasms. In severe cases this condition is called Dysmenorrhea. Here's some information on endometriosis, a menstruation related disease that affects the ovaries.
Now that we know why we suffer from menstrual cramps, here are some tips to help relieve the discomfort:
Avoid tight clothes, especially around the waist. Tight clothes will only hurt the stomach and further compressing it causes discomfort. So, during your periods wear clothes and shoes that are comfortable. If you are not someone who is used to wearing heels leave them behind, they will only cause more pain to your calves and thighs two areas that tend to hurt the most during your periods. Here are a few hygiene tips you need to follow during periods.
Try some home remedies:
However, if you are suffering from the type of pain you have never experienced before, do monitor it closely. You may want to see a doctor to rule out any cause such as Endometriosis, Fibroids, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS/PCOD), Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, Premenstrual Syndrome.
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