This particular blog is going to be technical. Tune in. And That's On Period! wants is to be familiar with what is going on in our bodies. During our periods, we are experiencing so much and we must prioritize knowing as much as we can. We get cramps, but why? How? Let's get informed.
If you experience cramps, you are in good company because 3 out of 4 women experience an excess of prostaglandis compounds being released from the uterine lining as it prepares to shed. This is a part of the process, but in excess, this cause the pain know as CRAMPS!
Relief: HEAT! Heat is your first line of defense. If you have any anti-inflammatory pain medication such as ibuprofen you can take those as directed.
Most of us would probably want to prevent cramps from happening right? Some prevention: magnesium supplement. This mineral may be effective in lessening menstrual pain over time, and reducing the need for pain medication.
Let's Get Serious!
Severe cramps can be associated with medical conditions. Medical conditions like endometriosis or adenomyosis. Our pain as women during this time is often overlooked or under treated. A lot of us suffer in silence and do not speak up, but that has to change. Advocate for yourself. Keep track of your pain. Research and seek relief. Explain and communicate your pain levels to a healthcare provider.
Let's define endometriosis: it is a disorder. Endometrial-like tissue grows where it should not be. It causes pelvic pain and painful sex. Signs of endometriosis can begin early. This disorder can cause infertility. Look for these symptoms: -prementrual/menstrual cramps that are excruciating -pain during or after sex -painful bowel movements and/or urination -heavy periods
-difficulty becoming pregnant
All methods of cramp relief do at least one of the following: block pain, increase uterine blood flow, reduce inflammation and/or limits prostaglandin production.
Reduce stress, do not smoke, try to exercise, get a massage, watch your favorite television shows and tune into yourself and body.
Down below, discuss your experiences. We are here to help and learn.