Painful Periods

Cramping, bloating and irritability at “that time of the month” may be more that just nuisances to some women. When cramps become crippling and are accompanied with heavy bleeding and fatigue, you should contact your doctor. Intense menstrual pain can be a symptom of more serious problems.

Primary dysmenorrhea is common and occurs at some point in up to half of menstruating women. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, primary dysmenorrhea is the result of an imbalance of prostaglandins, a hormone-like fatty acid that stimulates the uterus to contract. This imbalance causes more intense and frequent uterine contractions. These contractions compress blood vessels, which cut off oxygen to the uterine muscle, resulting in painful cramping and discomfort.

Treatments like placing a heating pad on the lower abdomen, exercise, and relaxation techniques are first-line activities for relief of cramps. But if these treatments aren’t easing your intense cramping and discomfort, discuss your condition with your doctor. Only through examination can we determine if you are suffering with primary dysmenorrhea or if a secondary condition, like endometriosis, has manifested.

Together we can try to make your periods as comfortable as possible. Call today at 865-546-1642.

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