The medical word for painful menstrual periods induced by uterine contractions is dysmenorrhea. Primary dysmenorrhea is characterized by recurring pain, whereas secondary dysmenorrhea is caused by reproductive system abnormalities. Both are treatable.
Period cramps (dysmenorrhea) are aches in the lower abdomen that are throbbing or cramping. Many women have menstrual pains shortly before and throughout their periods. For some women, the soreness is just irritating. For others, period cramps might be strong enough to disrupt daily activities for a few days each month.
Period cramps can be caused by conditions such as endometriosis or uterine fibroids. The key to minimizing pain is to treat the underlying cause. Period pains that aren’t caused by another ailment tend to fade with age and are frequently better after childbirth.
What causes painful period cramps?
When the uterus contracts due to a substance called prostaglandin, it causes menstrual pains (tighten up). During your menstrual cycle, the uterus, the muscle organ where a fetus develops, contracts. The uterus contracts harder during menstruation. When the uterus contracts too hard, it may push on adjacent blood arteries, preventing the muscular tissue from receiving oxygen. When a muscle loses its oxygen supply for a limited period of time, discomfort is experienced.
Period cramps due to secondary dysmenorrhea
Secondary dysmenorrhea causes menstrual discomfort as a result of reproductive organ disorders. Cramping can be caused by the following conditions:
The endometrium (the tissue lining the uterus) is present outside of the uterus in this syndrome. These bits of tissue can cause swelling, scarring, and discomfort since they bleed during your period.
A condition in which the uterine lining develops into the uterine muscle. This disorder can cause the uterus to become significantly larger than normal, as well as abnormal bleeding and discomfort.
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
A bacterial infection that begins in the uterus and can spread to other reproductive organs. PID can induce stomach aches or pain during intercourse.
Narrowing of the cervix, or the opening to the uterus.
Fibroids (benign tumors)
Growths on the inside, outside, or within the uterine walls
Period Cramps Symptoms
Dysmenorrhea pain is crampy and commonly occurs in the lower abdomen above the pubic bone (the suprapubic area); some women may have significant pain in the back or thighs. The discomfort generally begins immediately before or during menstruation and progressively subsides over one to three days. Pain is frequently intermittent and can range from minor to debilitating.
Nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, exhaustion, headache, or a flu-like sensation may also accompany cramping.
You may have:
- Aching sensation in your stomach (sometimes severe).
- A sensation of pressure in your stomach.
- Hip, lower back, and inner thigh pain.
When cramps are severe, symptoms may include:
- Upset stomach
- Loose stools
How to reduce menstrual pain instantly
The majority of menstrual women have lower abdominal cramps, although the pain can also travel to the lower back, groin, or upper thighs. Menstrual cramps frequently intensify at the onset of a period and improve during the next several days.
Many women complain of stomach or pelvic pain at the beginning of their menstrual cycle. Few remedies may help you.
To relax the muscles and alleviate cramps, use a heating pad or hot water bottle on your stomach. It relaxes the uterine muscle and for those close by, heat may reduce cramping and pain.
For lower back pain relief, a heating pad can also be used. A warm bath is an additional option for relieving stress in your legs, back, and abdomen. If you’re staying at home and don’t need to walk around much, electric heating pads and hot water bottles are suitable alternatives to patches.
Healthy Diet & Herbs
An increasing body of research indicates that diets rich in calcium, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids and low in animal fats, sodium, and caffeine may lower the incidence of troublesome PMS symptoms. Salt can cause fluid retention, stomach bloating, breast swelling, and discomfort; cutting it out of your diet can help. Consuming caffeine might cause irritation, restless nights, and menstrual cramps.
Five servings of vegetables, two servings of fruit, three servings of fish per week, and various sources of omega-3 fatty acids like flax or chia seeds are all part of a balanced diet. A range of whole grains is also included, such as brown, basmati, and doongara rice, conventional rolled oats, buckwheat flour, wholemeal pasta, couscous, millet, or amaranth. Low-fat dairy products, proteins including beans and eggs, and legumes are also included.
While we’ll explain some massage methods you may employ at home to ease period discomfort, if you’re seeking a more skilled approach, some massage therapists provide PMS-specific treatments, which you can book online and have delivered to your home.
You can use 2 easy massage methods at home to get rid of period pain. You can use these methods on your own, or you can enlist a friend’s assistance:
a) Compression Massage Technique
The compression massage technique consists of compressing the sacrum to reduce cramps during the period and massaging the glutes to aid with overall PMS symptoms.
The sacrum is a triangle bone in the lower back, slightly above the tailbone (coccyx). If you trace the lower spine past the hips, the sacrum is precisely between the buttocks and above the tailbone. It connects with the hip bones to form a sturdy foundation for the spine.
b) Foot Massage Technique
The basic premise underlying reflexology is that by applying pressure to certain pressure points on the feet, hands, face, or ears, the body’s organs and regions may be influenced to return it to its natural state of balance and well-being.
Because the lower abdomen and the area surrounding the ankles are associated in reflexology, massaging the ankle can help ease PMS symptoms like period discomfort.
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Features of MOI
Period pain reliever, MOI is a combination of TENS & heat therapy which works as a dual action agent to relieve dysmenorrhea and period pains. Soothing electric pulses of TENS activate the natural pain control response, releasing beta-endorphins that ease the pain, and heat temperature relax abdominal muscles, and uterine contraction and increases blood flow to ease the pain.
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In a nutshell
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