Painful Periods (Dysmenorrhea)

Menstruation pain of some degree is frequent complaint for many women.  Pain of a bearing down nature is common 1-2 days before the onset of menses.  The pain then normally will disappear once menstruation has fully manifested.  One of the reasons for painful periods is the abnormal production of prostaglandins.  Other factors that can affect pain include hormonal imbalances and nutritional deficiencies.

The pain is often severe.  Severe enough that 10% of women are incapacitated for 1-3 days each month.  Symptoms associated with dysmenorrhea include headache, back pain and pain above the pubic bone.  PMS is associated as well.

Proper treatment for dysmenorrhea depends on the cause.  If a hormone imbalance is suspected then pinpointing the exact cause of the hormone deficiency can be very helpful.  Proper nutrition and the proper fats in the diet such as fish oils often help as well.  Additionally, chiropractic adjustments have long been accepted as a very effective treatment for menstrual cramps.   Acupuncture can help as well.

The most important message is that dysmenorrhea is a symptom of an underlying problem and needs to be accurately diagnosed and treated.


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