How To Avoid Period Cramps

By Adriana Noton

There comes a time in every girl's childhood when she is transformed into a woman, and with that change she must deal with the problem of menstrual, or severe menstrual cramps. Dysmenorrhea, to give the problem its medical term, affects every woman every month to a varying degree.

Some women are able to cope quite well with the pain dysmenorrhea causes, finding they suffer from only light cramping and a comparatively pain free period every month for a short amount of time. Others discover that they suffer from heavy bleeding and seriously agonizing period cramps every thirty or so days, depending on their menstrual cycle.

Likewise, the pain reported by women during their period differs wildly. Some consider it a dull, throbbing pain which is constantly affecting them during the day and making it difficult to relax or sit without awkward discomfort, while others find sharp, shooting or burning pains when it is their time of the month.

Also important to note is that pain from the menstrual cycle may not necessarily be based around the usual problematic areas. Many women have reported feeling menstrual cramping around their lower back, thighs or even the knees. If there is a need for a hot water bottle, it is likely to be related to that. Additionally, the pain can cause vomiting and vertigo in some women.

However troublesome the menstrual cycle is to women, it is important to note that dysmenorrhea is totally and completely common to every woman. Some may not feel it as badly as others (and some feel immense pain from it), but it happens nonetheless.

However there are some things which aggravate the pain and some treatments which can help allay the discomfort somewhat. Both an increase and a decrease in the level of cramping can sometimes be affected by the kind of contraception you use.

For example, the standard copper IUD (inter uterine devices) or coils that some women use as a contraceptive have been reported to create more painful than usual cramping. Sometimes this is solely for the first few months of use as the body gets used to it, but other times it continues apace. If contraception gives you discomfort, it is advisable to see your doctor about changing it.

On the other hand, the contraceptive pill has been known to regulate and make easier difficult menstrual cycles. It can reduce the amount of stomach and womb cramping which is felt month on month, and reduces flow and bleeding when spotting.

Every woman's period cramps are different, and so it is incredibly difficult to discuss with other women the kind of pain and resultant emotional swings that are felt. If you feel your period pain is getting too much, do visit your general practitioner or physician immediately to discuss how to better manage the discomfort. While sadly this kind of annoyance has to be lived with in some form, it should not be impossible to deal with.

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