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Painful periods (Dysmenorrhoea)

Period pain is quite common. It is estimated that between 50 and 70 percent of women endure some degree of period pain and cramping . Dysmenorrhoea can be categorized into two types – primary dysmenorrhoea, no physical cause of the pain is identified or secondary dysmenorrhoea, the pain is associated with an observable physical condition, such as endometriosis or ovarian cysts.

The pains are caused by contractions in the musculature of the uterus. These contractions are caused by the release of the body's prostaglandins, which are hormones produced by the lining of the womb. This produces an interrelated cycle of cramp like pain, bleeding and uterine contractions.

How natural therapies can help you

Dietary and lifestyle changes are necessary for successful treatment of period pain and most of the time are all that is needed to improve the condition.

If more support is needed, specific herbal medicines and nutrients can be individually prescribed to balance hormones, regulate prostaglandin metabolism, improve circulation to the pelvic area, and/or tone and relax the excessive contractions of the uterus. The herbs are combined so that the formula treats both the symptoms and the cause of the dysmenorrhoea.

Any accompanying stress, whether the cause or effect of the dysmenorrhoea, is also treated.

Book in for a Bella Wellbeing Naturopathic Consultation today and start to naturally manage and resolve your period pain.

Common Dysmenorrhoea Symptoms

A continual, dull ache or sense of heaviness (congestive dysmenorrhoea) or cramping pains like contractions (spasmodic dysmenorrhoea). The pain may start before the menstrual flow or most commonly, starts with the beginning of the period and intensifies as the flow becomes heavier, or when clots are passed.

Please note: When to see your Doctor

- Pain changes in character or is present for the first time

- Pain is unilateral and/or radiating

- Pain is associated with pregnancy or has occurred after a missed period where pregnancy is likely

- New symptoms accompany the pain e.g. vomiting and diarrhoea, faintness

- Pain worsens towards the end of the period

- Pain is aggravated by pressure, bowel motions and sexual activity

- A fever or discharge accompanies the pain