What are menstrual cramps?
Period pain or menstrual cramps is a pain in woman’s lower abdomen, which occurs during her menstrual cycle, and may last for 2-3 days. Period pain can be dull or sharp or throbbing. Symptoms differ from woman to woman. This pain can be either mild or so severe that it can also affect the daily activities of a woman.
Woman is more likely to develop the period pain if:
- She had an early onset of her first menstrual period.
- She has heavy bleeding during periods
- She is overweight
What are the causes of period pain?
- Higher levels of prostaglandins
- Uterine fibroids
- Ovarian cysts
- Abnormal pregnancy (ectopic)
If a woman experiences period pain since the time her periods have started, it is called as primary dysmenorrhoea. If the pain is due to some disease or any other physical condition, it is called as secondary dysmenorrhoea.
Symptoms that can be associated with period pain are: anxiety, nausea, vomiting, headache, leg pain etc.
How is the diagnosis made?
Your doctor may ask you about the detailed history, regarding the nature of pain, onset, and duration. Your doctor will then perform a pelvic examination, to check for infection or any other problem. You may be asked for certain investigations like: pregnancy test, ultrasound, or laproscopic examination.
Treatment for period pain
For pain relief, you can keep a heating pad to the pelvic area, massage your back and lower abdomen, and do regular exercise, during the start of a period as well.
Several conventional treatment options are also available for period pain management, like, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and hormonal birth control pills.
Herbal therapy for period pain management
There are certain herbal medicines which offer pain relief in painful periods. Natural herbs such as Shatavari, Kumari, Shunthi etc are known to regulate the uterine motility.
You can also try herbal supplements for period pain management – CYCLEASE NUTRA
An Ayurvedic formulation by Charak Pharma, CYCLEASE NUTRA, is a unique synergistic combination of essential herbs and micronutrients beneficial in period pain management.
Key ingredients are: Shatavari, Kumari, Shunthi. These herbs help regulate uterine motility, balance hormones and possess anti-inflammatory properties respectively. It also contains essential micronutrients like Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, Manganese, Nicotinamide, Vitamin B6 and B12 that help in reducing abdominal cramps.
Overall, CYCLEASE NUTRA eases the discomfort, prevents painful menstruation and reduces the physical and psychological symptoms associated with periods.
Period pain can be difficult to handle but herbs, vitamins, and minerals, along with a healthy diet and regular exercise will help you in overcoming this problem of menstrual pain.