Woman Care

Periodic Pain

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Ever felt like your uterine are being clawed and about to shred?

Menstrual pain is a very common symptom for women during their menstrual cycle! I see it as a period of time where most female wished they were born male. Some ladies feels as if the world is about to come to an end.

Some might experience acute abdomen pains, stopping, fever, vomiting and many more.

Menstrual pain also known as periodic pain or dysmenorrhoea or Menstrual cramps are pains that begin in the lower abdomen and pelvis. … Menstrual cramps can be a quite painful or simply a dull ache. The pain can be periodic or continuous.  The Pain may be felt in the inner thighs or hips and may feel like an arching or tightening in the lower abdomen, lower back or upper thighs.


Painful Periods


How long do period pains last?

Period pain starts at the beginning of the bleeding, although some women might have slight pain several days before the start of their period. The pain normally lasts 48 to 72 hours, although it can last longer. It’s usually at its worst when your bleeding is heaviest.

Menstrual cramps can range from mild to quite severe. Mild menstrual cramps may be barely noticeable and of short duration. They are sometimes felt as just a sense of heaviness in the abdomen. Severe menstrual cramps can be so painful that they interfere with a woman’s normal activities for several days.

There are two type of dysmenorrhoea

  • Primary dysmenorrhoea: which is a common menstrual cramp without an identifiable cause i.e if a woman has had the pain ever since her period started it is termed primary
  • Secondary dysmenorrhoea: This results from an underlying abnormality that usually involves the woman’s reproductive system. i.e physical conditions like pelvic inflammatory disease or infection may cause it but once this infection is treated the pains goes away.


Menstrual cramps are caused by the uterine contractions that occur in response to prostaglandins and other chemicals. The cramping sensation is intensified when clots or pieces of bloody tissue from the lining of the uterus pass through the cervix, especially if a woman’s cervical canal is narrow.

The difference between menstrual cramps that are more painful and those that are less painful may be related to a woman’s prostaglandin levels. Women with menstrual cramps have elevated levels of prostaglandins in the endometrium (uterine lining) when compared with women who do not experience cramps. Therefore, higher levels of prostaglandins are associated with more-severe menstrual cramps.


To help you get through the monthly visit, here are some home remedies that ease menstrual cramps.

1) Exercise:

This might sound a little crazy and you might be thinking to yourself, I can barely move, let alone exercise but exercise have a long way to go to reduce the pain.

Exercise like walking or light jogging can reduce bloating (water weight) and pain of cramping. Yoga is also helpful because it is a gentle exercise that releases endorphins and helps prevent or reduce menstrual symptoms.

Watch this yoga video.



2) Apply heat:

Lie down with a heating pad on your tummy. Take a warm bath. Drink hot tea and hot water.

3) Diet:

Eat meals like papaya which is rich in vitamins, unripe plantain, chicken, fish, and leafy green vegetables which are rich in iron which is lost during menstruation. Also avoid fatty foods and alcohol which can cause bloating and water retention. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D.

4) Acupuncture:

Acupuncture with moxibustion ( a traditional Chinese medicine therapy which consist of burning dried mogwort ‘Moxa’ on particular points on the body) is great at releasing tight, tense stomach muscles, eating cramps, breaking up stagnant blood and increasing blood circulation in the ‘sore’ area. Moxibustion is applied to warm painful spots, easing pain and opening out channels.

How can you avoid menstrual pains?

The best thing to do yourself, besides convincing yourself that you are not sick, is to stay in good physical health.

This can be achieved by a healthy lifestyle with daily exercise, plenty of sleep and rest and, if possible, try to avoid stress.

Over-the-counter painkillers, in particular ibuprofen (eg Advil or Nurofen), are often helpful and your pharmacist can often give advise you further on which ones are right for you. These act to reduce the pain and blood loss.

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