Dysmenorrhoea, more commonly known as painful periods, is a condition faced by millions of women around the world, regardless of age. In fact, once a female reaches the age of fertility and begins menstruating, there are great chances that she will suffer from them herself, as nearly half of all women have painful periods—and many of them will experience pain to such a degree that their daily lives are interrupted and inhibited.
What’s Stopping You?
Pain is natural during menstrual cycles, of course; but when excessive, ongoing pain occurs during these times, it’s important to recognize the fact that they may be symptomatic of another medical condition, such as endometriosis, fibroid uterus, sexually transmitted disease, or simply high levels of stress and anxiety. This type of dysmenorrhoea is one of the two types: primary and secondary. Because secondary dysmenorrhoea is generally linked to pelvic concerns, being able to identify the initial cause is even more crucial.
Primary dysmenorrhoea is the most common type and is usually suffered by young women when they first begin having their periods. Generally, these are healthy young women; and the pain is totally unrelated to any serious medical issue, caused simply by the fact that the uterus has greatly increased its production of the hormone prostaglandin, which in turn stimulates uterine contractions.
Finding the End
The risk of developing dysmenorrhoea can be greatly reduced in some cases, as it can be associated with lifestyle choices including smoking, obesity, and alcohol consumption. Many women, however, have a natural risk; and factors such as family history, heavy menstrual flow, long menstrual cycles, and even beginning menses at an early age can all affect a woman’s chances of suffering from the painful condition.
Treatment will, of course, depend on finding the underlying cause, which means that seeking the guidance of a urogynecologist or other medical specialist will be necessary. After conducting various tests and procedures, they will be able to give you an accurate diagnosis and become your greatest ally, offering you information specific to you and your body and what further steps might need to be taken.
Don’t let pain put a period on your life! Give the team at Coyle Institue a call today!