Period pain or in medical terms, dysmenorrhea commonly occurs in teenagers and young adults. They tend to be less painful as one becomes older. The pain mostly mild but statistics show that 1 in 10 women suffer severe menstrual pain enough to affect their regular activities. The cause of period pain in most cases is not clear but for some women in their 30s and 40s, a problem in the pelvis may be the source.
Types of Period Pain
The most common type is Primary dysmenorrhoea which often occurs in teenagers and in women in their 20s. This pain occurs where there is no underlying problem of the uterus or pelvis.
The less common Secondary dysmenorrhoea is pain caused by a problem of the womb or pelvis. and is more likely to occur in older women in their 30s and 40s.
Causes of Period Pain
The cause is often not clear. Dysmenorrhoea occurs when the womb’s muscular wall contracts. Typically, mild contractions continually pass through the womb, but they’re usually so mild that most women can’t feel them.
During your period, the wall of the womb starts to contract more strongly to facilitate the shedding of the womb lining as part of the monthly period. Normal body chemicals called prostaglandins build up in the lining of the womb. For women suffering from period pain, there seems to be a build-up of too much prostaglandin which may cause the womb to contract too hard. This process reduces the blood supply to the womb and leads to pain.
Symptoms of Period Pain
Mild to intense abdominal cramps may begin within 24 hours of the start of the woman’s period. The pain may continue for days. Symptoms of period pain include:
- Dull and constant ache
- Cramps that radiate from the lower back and thighs
- Throbbing or cramping pain in your uterus during the period
Some women also experience:
- Loose bowels
ANF Therapy® Helps with Period Pain
Period pain, menstrual cramps, or in broader terms PMS (premenstrual syndrome) is uncomfortable and can be painful. ANF Therapy® helps you combat all of these by addressing the root cause of your pain and not just masking your symptoms. ANF discs interact with the body to normalize inflammation in the body and in the process also treat related issues. With ANF Therapy®, you will encounter a life-changing experience. Contact us for more information on how to treat your chronic pain. Start living pain-free with the help of our trained ANF therapists and a thorough process involving clinical examination, manual therapy, and a long-term treatment plan.
“I have been suffering from severe PMS symptoms and period pain since I was 15. I was always depressed and had bad mood swings. All those bad memories were turned over as soon as I found the solution for this problem with ANF Therapy® discs.”
In most cases, period pain is mild enough for you to be able to treat it at home. If your periods are causing you significant pain and discomfort, consult your doctor as menstrual pain can be a sign of a serious problem.
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