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Dysmenorrhea, Menstrual Crams Treatments

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In recent years, researchers have discovered that primary dysmenorrhea is often caused by an overproduction of prostaglandins. These hormonelike substances are manufactured throughout the body, including the lining of the uterus.

Since these substances regulate the action of the body’s involuntary muscles, they cause the muscular uterus to contract. Some contraction is necessary to expel the menstrual flow. But when too many prostaglandin are produced, the uterus contract much more, causing painful craims.

Quite often, these contractions squeeze small blood vessels, causing the supply of blood and oxygen to the pelvic area to be reduced, resulting in lower back pain. If this excess prostaglandins get into the bloodstream, they can cause other involuntary muscles in the body such as stomach and intestines to speed up contractions, causing nausea and diarrhea.

What to Do: Try taking an over the counter, low dosage anti prostaglandin medication such as Motrin, Advil, or Nuprin. You might also try Naprosyn or Postel. Some feel that Prostel is most effective in relieving menstrual distress, since it inhibits the production of prostaglandins and the resulting cramps and is also effective in alleviating premenstrual bloating and other uncomfortable symptoms.

How well these drugs work for you may depend on when and how often you take them. Your best plan of action is to take two of these nonprescription pills a day or two before your period even begins or , at least, at the very first sign of your period and then one every four to six hours as needed.

If you wait until your cramps are severe, these drugs won’t work nearly as well for you. And, if one brand doesn’t seem effective, try another before you give up on nonprescription drugs.

If you get no relieve from nonprescription medications, ask you doctor to prescribe the stronger, prescription variety of anti prostaglandins. If those don’t work for you , and id specially your cramps occur at other times besides your menstrual period, see your doctor forĀ  a thorough examination.

You may have endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease. Both of these conditions can cause pain and can threaten you future fertility, so early diagnosis and treatment are a must.

Besides medications, many women find that exercise helps a lot. Yes, exercise! Actually, vigorous exercise such as brisk walking, swimming, or cycling can cause your body to release substances called endorphins, which tend to diminish pain.

This approach doesn’t work for everyone, but if you enjoy being active and can talk yourself into trying exercise during the most painful days of your period, you may be pleasantly surprised!

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