Dysmenorrhea (Menstrual Cramps)

What causes dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps)?

Dysmenorrhea, known commonly as period cramps or menstrual cramps, typically feels like a dull ache in your lower abdomen before or during your menstrual period.  Pain will sometimes radiate into your thighs and/or lower back, and you may also experience nausea, vomiting, fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, dizziness, or fainting.

Primary dysmenorrhea is considered menstrual pain that is not a symptom of an underlying medical condition and is the more common form, usually affecting women as adolescents.  Secondary dysmenorrhea is generally related to a gynecological disorder, and can usually be treated with surgery or medication.  Although you should visit your gynecologist for a potential diagnosis, both classifications of dysmenorrhea can be treated with natural health care.

Your doctor should be able to diagnose your dysmenorrhea, and determine if it is primary or secondary.  Once diagnosed, your doctor may prescribe pain relievers and/or hormonal contraceptives, although both types of medication carry potential side effects.

Can natural medicine help with menstrual cramps?

A variety of natural therapies may help your menstrual cramps, including acupuncture and TCM, which has proven to be very effective for pain relief and treating your other symptoms.  Diet modification, such as adding more omega-3 fatty acids, can also be very effective, as can yoga or massage therapy.

Contact us for a FREE consultation on how natural therapy can help you manage your menstrual cramps.

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