How does menstrual pain affect your emotions?
You know more than anyone that your emotional state is also affected when you're on your period. This can occur both before and during your period and it varies from woman to woman, but these are some of the most common manifestations:
Irritability, mood swings, anxiety or difficulty concentrating are some of the emotional symptoms that typically accompany PMS (premenstrual syndrome), which usually occurs before the start of your period.
In addition to physical symptoms, you may feel tired, anxious, sad, irritable, or angry during your period. Relieving menstrual pain can help your mood.
What symptoms accompany menstrual pain?
Menstrual pain, also called dysmenorrhea, is one of the discomforts that most affects women's day-to-day lives during their menstrual period. It's characterized by pain in the lower part of the belly, which may be accompanied by other symptoms.
It is important that you treat your dysmenorrhea with an Antispasmodic that directly acts on the source of pain as many choose to treat with Analgesics that just mask the pain by blocking the pain signals; thereby, not really addressing the root cause.
Cramps are caused by an increase in prostaglandin, a substance that causes the uterus to contract.
Pain before and during the period
This is pain that can start 1 to 3 days before the start of the period, and diminishes 2 or 3 days after.
This is a type of continuous pain that is not located at a specific point in the stomach.
Pain that spreads
This pain radiates to other areas of the body such as the lower back and thighs.
Pay attention to your body
Is my menstrual pain normal?
You know that menstrual cramps can be painful, but do you know what's causing these pain? When you menstruate, your body releases prostaglandins, substances that influence the contraction of the uterus, causing cramps. If cramps affect your daytime plans, don't overlook them. See your gynecologist if you have any of the following symptoms:
Continuous or more intense pain
Your pains are more intense or longer than usual, or appear outside of your menstrual cycle.
This pain is usually not a concern, but if it's accompanied by other symptoms or becomes more severe, see your doctor.
Change in vaginal discharge
If you have more vaginal discharge than normal or if you have discharge which gives off a bad smell, you should see your gynecologist.
Cramps outside menstruation
Having cramps earlier than usual or after your period ends is not normal. It is recommended to see your gynecologist.
What can increase pain?
In addition to prostaglandins, there are certain factors that can influence the increase in pain intensity you feel during those days.
Smoking increases the chance that you will have chronic menstrual cramps.
Exposing yourself to high-stress situations throughout your day can influence your episodes of menstrual pain.
If your mother suffers or has suffered from severe menstrual pain, your chances of experiencing it also increases.
Tips and suggestions
How to relieve menstrual pain
To stay active on those days, it's important that you know which remedies can help relieve pain from cramps and help you feel better.
Give yourself a moment
You know more than anyone how to take care of yourself. Pamper yourself and give yourself a break to properly deal with your feelings.
Drink something hot
Pamper yourself to make yourself better by brewing tea or hot chocolate to help relieve menstrual cramps.
Applying warm compress to your belly can help reduce pain.
Foods rich in magnesium, vitamins B1 and B6, and Omega-3 (salmon and walnuts) can help relieve pain.
Staying active helps keep your belly healthy, which could prevent problems that bother you.
Take an antispasmodic
Antispasmodic medications such as Buscopan® Venus can relax the cramps at the source of menstrual pain.
Understand your body
There are several treatments that your doctor could recommend to alleviate menstrual cramps, such as medications, hormonal treatments, exercise, and adequate sleep, among others.
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Feeling pain and knots in your stomach can be very frustrating! Don't let your pain limit you, find out how you can ease it.
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