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Are Periods supposed to be painful?

Do you become anxious thinking about the arrival of your 'visitor' each month? For a large number of women, periods come with severe pain, which can start days before and persist throughout the entire menstruation. Is there anything we can do about this?

 

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Some facts: 

nearly 50% of women experience extreme pain that affect their quality of life. Thankfully, there ARE some remedies which can reduce the impact in your day-to-day life.

 

 

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Definitions:

Dysmenorrhea is the medical term for period pain. There are two types of dysmenorrhea: primary and secondary. Primary dysmenorrhea is the name for common menstrual cramps that come back over. This is the most common pain. Symptoms include headaches, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Secondary dysmenorrhea is caused by a disorder in the reproductive organs. The pain tends to get worse over time and it often lasts longer than normal menstrual cramps. Symptoms include aggravated primary dysmenorrhea pains, as well as acute & chronic pelvic pains.

 

 


What can I do about this? 

Before you rush to the pharmacy or the doctor for a prescription, consider this. A pill can offer you fast relief, but remember this: you will probably have your period for several decades, do you want to have to result to chemicals each month? The time will soon come when they will no longer work. 

 

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Try these natural remedies:

-Apply a heat (hot water bottle or warm compress) on your abdomen

-Have a warm bath;

-Tummy rub;

-Relaxation & meditation;

-Physical activity & Stretches;

-Any type of Yoga;

-Getting lots of rest (naps are recommended!) & a good night's sleep;

-Avoid stimulants such as caffeine;

-Reduce the number of refined foods such as starches & sugars;

-Stop using tampons! However handy & practical these may be, they are known to make period cramps worse. They are not healthy for you. Bacteria should not remain in your body for that long. 

 

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Here are medical treatments that may relieve your pain 

(Use moderately when you have exhausted the natural options):

-Taking birth control has been known to dramatically reduce pain and other PMS caused by menstruation. They prevent ovulation and make your hormone levels more predictable. They can also reduce the amount of blow flow during the period.

-Using an anti-inflammatory drug, such as ibuprofen (with or without prescription) If your pain is chronic, we definitely suggest you are followed by a physician who can order the proper dosage and advise you. Follow the directions for best results as they may irritate your stomach if taken on an empty stomach. 

 

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Having a period is a part of all healthy girls & women from 10 to 50 years old (and more!) 

However, it doesn't mean that you have to live a lifetime of monthly anguish and canceling plans. If your car was is running properly, you will take it to the mechanic until the problem is resolved. Sometimes, a simple solution is right around the corner, and may be just right for YOU! 

 

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