Select your country

Periods / Claire Blackmore

Suffering With Painful Periods? Here Are 4 Things To Try

Periods and pain go hand in hand for many of us. It’s thought that approximately half of all adult women experience pain during their period. However, for one in five of these women, their pain is so awful that it prevents them from going about their daily activities. Not fun.

Pain during your period – also known as primary dysmenorrhea – is caused by the release of chemicals called prostaglandins, which makes your uterus contract. The more of these chemicals your body produces, the more pain you’ll get. You’ve tried paracetamol and hot water bottles, but they just don’t seem to ease the pain – what next?

Fish oils

Some studies have shown that women taking Omega-3 fish oils had less period pain than those who didn’t. Taking 6g a day can help as it works as an anti-inflammatory, which lessens cramping.

Prescribed drugs

If the pain is really bad, your GP can prescribe an anti-inflammatory, such as mefanamic acid capsules, as well as a strong painkiller such as codeine.

TENS machine

Used by many women during labour, a TENS (or Transcutaneous electronic nerve stimulation) machine releases tiny electrical impulses to stimulate nerves in the pelvic area, which then helps to block pain. You can buy TENS machines from most chemists, with prices starting at around £30.

Contraceptive pill

Don’t dismiss going on the pill to help ease your pain. Combined contraceptive pills can help with period pain as they help thin the lining of the womb. This means the muscles do not have to contract as much when they need to shed away each month, making cramps less noticeable. The pill could also make your period lighter. It’s not for everyone but is definitely something worth discussing with your GP if you’ve been suffering for a while.

Could it be something more serious? Occasionally menstrual pain indicates that there is a problem related to your uterus or other pelvic organs.

“Excessive painful periods do need investigation as could be related to conditions like fibroids, adenomyosis, endometriosis, or pelvic inflammation,” says Kavita Singh, Consultant Gynaecologist at BMI Priory Hospital in Birmingham. “Usually ultrasound and /or laparoscopy is performed to assess the cause and treatment is then directed towards the cause.”

If you haven’t signed up to Pink Parcel yet, it’s time to start enjoying your period! Subscribe here and you’ll have everything you need (and want) sent directly to your door.


You might also like...


Periods

Here’s How Stress Can Stop Your Periods

Did you know that stress is one of the major reasons behind missing periods? Stress can cause many physical effects such as headaches,...

Living

I Leaked On Stage During My Burlesque Act

Being open and honest about real things that happen to real women is the fastest way to smash taboos and get us all talking...

Periods

How Do Eating Disorders Affect Periods?

Being open and honest about real things that happen to real women is the fastest way to smash taboos and get us all talking...

Periods

How To Prevent A Bad Smell On Your Period

Let’s face facts: menstrual blood is a mix off tissue lining, blood and an unfertilised egg so it’s never going to smell...

X
chevron-right instagram twitter facebook-f snapchat youtube pintrest Magnifing glass User icon Envelope icon