Menstrual pain is a common symptom of menstruation period that mostly affects women of reproductive age and ceases with age. When the pain is excessive, this health condition is called dysmenorrhea. In vast majority of cases, women with dysmenorrhea may feel crampy pain or pressure in lower abdomen or back. Even though it is not thought to be a serious medical condition, it may have a strong impact on the quality of life and in cases of severe pain may substantially limit the women’s daily activity. If menstruation is accompanied with cramps which you can hardly tolerate and this interferes with your normal life, then you should start searching for a solution that will help you manage the pain. There are several treatment options you can choose from in order to sooth menstrual cramping. For some women using self-help techniques is sufficient to ease the pain. Others have to take extra measures, including pain-relief medications, to inhibit womb contractions that cause menstrual pain. If you belong to the women with relatively mild symptoms of dysmenorrhea, then the following steps might help to handle painful menstruation:
• Applying a heat pad on the pelvic area, taking a hot bath or massaging lower tummy will increase blood circulation and relax cramped muscles.
• Practice some moderate physical activity during your menstruation period.
• To prevent bloating in your intestine, eliminate heavy and sugary foods at the time of menstruation. Instead, add complex carbohydrates and food high in nutritional value in your daily menu to improve digestion. According to numerous research, taking calcium, magnesium and Vitamin-B6 may also help to alleviate cramps.
• If these methods don’t work for you, then you can try non-steroidal anti-inflammatory painkillers (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen that are available over-the-counter at pharmacies.
You should keep in mind that taking the pills a few days before menstruation will multiply the positive effect by preventing the pain build-up; however, in some women, it can also delay the onset of the period. Your MD may also prescribe other type of NSAIDs or suggest hormone-based therapy.