Of all women who experience pain during their menstrual cycles, 10% experience pain so severe that symptoms temporarily disable them.
Menstrual cramps are pains in the abdomen and pelvic area caused by contractions in the uterus that occur during a woman’s regular menstrual cycle.
Menstrual pain can range from mild to unbearably severe. Mild menstrual pain may be uncomfortable but will not affect a woman’s ability to perform regular daily activities.
Severe menstrual pains, however, can be so painful that they disrupt a woman’s daily life and interfere with her ability to perform regular activities. Along with the cramps themselves, severe menstrual pain can cause additional unwanted symptoms, such as nausea, dizziness, headaches and backaches.
Causes of Menstrual Pain
There is no one cause of menstrual pain. Pain in the uterus can be caused by a number of different factors, including:
- Genetics. Certain genetic factors, such as family history and the age in which you started your period, can contribute to the level of menstrual pain you experience each month.
- Reproductive conditions. Medical conditions, including but not limited to endometriosis, fibroids, adenomyosis, infections, ectopic pregnancy or ovarian cysts can contribute to debilitating menstrual-type pain.
- Hormone imbalances. Painful periods can be caused by unbalanced levels of hormones in the body. There is no one cause of hormone imbalances, but stress, diet, exercise levels, genetics and other conditions can play a part.
Understanding and addressing the accurate cause of your menstrual pain will be invaluable in helping alleviate the symptoms and creating your own menstrual pain success story.
Treatments For Menstrual Pain
Traditional medicine will often treat menstrual pain with over-the-counter painkillers or prescription hormones (like birth control).
At The Epigenetics Healing Center, we take a more holistic approach to treating menstrual pain. Our goal is to help rebalance your hormones and help your body function healthily to allow you to feel your absolute best at every level.
Some treatment regimens for menstrual pain may include:
- Stress reduction. Reducing stress levels can help regulate your period and lessen your regular menstrual cramps.
- Nutritional counseling. High levels of fat, sugar and processed foods can contribute to stress, inflammation and hormone imbalances that cause menstrual pains. Eating foods high in calcium, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids can help lessen your pain.
- Exercise routines. Exercise is a great way to help the body function optimally, which can help it regulate hormones and reduce pain on its own.
- Supplements. Nutritional and herbal supplements may help reduce your menstrual pain. Some potentially helpful supplements include calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, turmeric, primrose oil, and fennel.
- Tracking your period. Keeping a detailed account of your regular cycle can allow you to make important observations that lead to an accurate diagnosis of your menstrual pain.
Some Questions to Consider
Before seeking treatment for menstrual pain, think through the questions below to help us better understand the underlying cause of your symptoms:
- How long are your menstrual periods?
- How heavy is your monthly bleeding?
- How far apart do your menstrual periods take place?
- Do other women in your family experience similar symptoms?
- Where do your cramps hurt most?
- Do you spot or bleed in between periods?
- Do you experience pain during sexual intercourse?
- Does your pain make you nauseous or dizzy?
- Do you experience headaches or back pain with your cramps?
- Does your menstrual pain come with digestive issues?
- What treatments have you tried so far?
Treating Menstrual Pain at The Epigenetics Healing Center
We don’t only look at your symptoms and prescribe a medication to mask the problem. Our goal is to treat you holistically to address the underlying cause of your menstrual pains.