Painful menstruation: causes, symptoms and…

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Passed on by inheritance

There is hardly a woman who feels strong and energetic during the days of menstruation. It is understandable: the lower abdomen treacherously aches, the lower back hurts, irritability rises … Up to 70% of women complain of discomfort during menstruation. 10% percent are even worse: they experience a pronounced pain syndrome on the first day, accompanied by vomiting, diarrhea, fever and chills. The pain can be so strong that in rare cases it comes to fainting.

Painful periods are often hereditary. If your mother experienced a pronounced pain syndrome during the days of menstruation, most likely you are also not experiencing them in the best way. Often after childbirth, the pain disappears. But not always.

Who is at risk?

“The reason is often that a woman can have a reduced pain threshold and increased sensitivity of endometrial receptors to prostaglandins, substances that regulate uterine contractions and the intensity of pain sensation. Of course, the psychogenic factor also plays a role, the physiological type of a woman – more often it is an asthenic type with a labile nervous system, increased anxiety. Endometrial rejection occurs in all women, but not all of them cause severe pain.”

If there is a large loss of blood during menstruation, iron supplements may be prescribed. On the days of menstruation, you definitely should not engage in power loads. It is important not to overwork, get enough sleep and rest, avoid severe stressful situations.

Types of algomenoria

  • mild, does not require medication to relieve pain;
  • moderate;
  • heavy. Tablets do not help, performance is impaired.

How to help yourself?

According to our expert, it is better to use NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) for pain relief. They are more effective, as they reduce the level of prostaglandins. You can also use antispasmodics if it gives the desired effect. The pain should subside within two to three hours.

In any case, if you experience menstruation painfully every month, you should consult a gynecologist for advice. Indeed, in some cases, the cause of pain may be an organic pathology:

  • endometriosis,
  • uterine fibroids,
  • inflammation of the pelvic organs.

It will be useful to visit not only a gynecologist, but also an endocrinologist to check the hormonal background.

During a gynecological examination, the doctor will determine the position and size of the uterus, appendages, the presence of changes in the anatomical location of the internal genital organs. A pelvic ultrasound may be needed. Having determined the causes of algomenorrhea, you can begin treatment. It is possible that there is an inflammatory process. If there are no diseases, it is worth adjusting the lifestyle on critical days. Be less nervous, ask if possible to work this day from home, give up physical activity, alcohol and do not set yourself up in advance for “hellish pain”. If in your case we are talking about the psychological factor, then the general mood is important.

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