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Dysmenorrhea/Menstrual Cramps
« on: July 27, 2012, 09:54:42 AM »
Painful menstrual periods (dysmenorrhea) may include
Pain in the abdomen( may radiaate to low back and legs),headache,vomiting,nausea,Diarrhea Irritability and fatigue.
Most women have painful periods, in some women it is very severe.
There are two types of dysmenorrhea:
Primary dysmenorrhea—>painful regular (ovulatory) menstrual cycles caused by uterine muscle contractions
(due to high levels of prostaglandins produced in the lining and body of the uterus after ovulation)
Secondary dysmenorrhea—>painful periods due to an underlying condition, such as endometriosis (a
condition involving the lining of the uterus) or infection
Treatment:
Primary dysmenorrhea is usually treated with medicines and lifestyle changes.
The treatment of secondary dysmenorrhea varies depending on the underlying condition (for example, antibiotics
for an infection, surgery to remove fibroids).
Medications:
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), available over-the-counter such as ibuprofen & Naproxen are usually used to treat for
mentrual pain. Birth control pills may be prescribed in some cases
Other Treatments:
-Place a heating pad on your abdomen or lower back.
-Taking a warm bath may also be helpful.
-Exercise regularly, which may help to reduce menstrual cramps.
-Alternative treatments such as some herbs,vitamin supplements such as vitamin B1,magnesium.Talk to your doctor before taking these.
-Acupuncture may also help to reduce pain.