FAQ - Dysmenorrhea
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Can sexual intercourse be a cure for dysmenorrhea?

My friend is having a hard time on figuring out how to lessen the pain brought by dysmenorrhea. She wants the easy way with her boyfriend. I'll be glad to entertain your answers. Thank you.

Probably not, but if she wants to try, there is certainly no harm in it. Some women do feel that having orgasms lessens the pain somewhat, but there is no way of knowing until she tries it. Good painkillers which include codeine work for me.  (+ info)

Has anyone experienced dysmenorrhea affecting their ability to "keep" a pregnancy?

I know that it is defined as painful periods. BUT I also know that the reason behind the pain is a hormonal imbalance that affects progesterone and estrogen production. I just watched a video that described recurrent miscarriages due to dysmenorrhea. Has anyone else had that experience? If so, are there any treatments?

Hmm. I suffered from dysmenorrhea when I was a teen. But in my case, it was due to hypothyroidism, which is a recognized cause of infertility in women. Once my thyroid was properly treated, my menses were no longer as heavy and painful, and several years later, I became pregnant (with this baby) only a few months after losing my virginity! I'm not sure if dysmenorrhea of unknown origin can cause infertility or recurrent miscarriage, but if it's due to some endocrine imbalance, I could see how it's possible. Hope this helps!  (+ info)

Will birth control help ease my Dysmenorrhea?

I always have Dysmenorrhea and I dont think it's ever gonna stop without treatment. What would a doctor prescribe for me?

And what are thoughts on using birth control for this kind of thing?

Drink green tea and white tea everyday to combat disorders and maintain best health.

Drink chamomile tea, passionflower tea and fennel tea before, during and after menstruation to prevent pain, strain, cramps, bloating, gas, painful menstruation, constipation and diarrhea.  (+ info)

What's the best medicine for severe dysmenorrhea aside from pain killers?

I usually lose consciousness during my first day if I couldn't take pain killers. I already tried consulting but the OB just gave me more painkillers and vitamins. I tried them but when I stopped still I suffered a lot. I don't want to be dependent with synthetic drugs. Please help...Thank you.

Hi Angelita, "dysmenorrhea" - menstrual cramps are dull or throbbing pains in the lower abdomen is very unpleasant condition but you need know that this often disappear after pregnancy.

During menstrual periods, your uterus contracts to help expel its lining. Prostaglandins, hormone-like substances involved in pain and inflammation, trigger the uterine muscle contractions. No one knows for sure, but many experts believe that prostaglandins are the direct cause of primary dysmenorrhea.

Some women find relief through massage, yoga or meditation, all stress-relieving activities that may help to lessen pain and aren't likely to harm you. Some women find acupuncture helpful for pain relief.
Also Gingerroot tea can relieve menstrual cramps. Simmer handful gingerroot, cut in slices for 15 minutes. Let it cool to drink later.
Calcium helps to prevent menstrual cramps as it maintains the normal muscle tone.
Magnesium increases body's calcium absorption capacity, therefore reducing menstrual cramps. Foods that possess properties are beans, whole grains such as buckwheat and whole wheat flour, salmon, shrimp, tofu, vegetables and nuts.
Cramp bark (Viburnum opulus) is one of the most ancient and useful herbs used to treat menstrual cramps. It helps in easing severe cramps that causes nausea, vomiting and sweaty chills.

But your doctor for my glance has assigned very efficient treatment.
Jason Homan  (+ info)

Could I have Dysmenorrhea or Endometriosis at 16?

I've been worried about my heavy periods- latley I've taken notice to how heavy they get, and the pain. The most recent has changed in color to a darker reddish-brown to brown entirley. I'm 16 years old, and started my period when I was 11 years. Is it possible that I could have Dysmenorrhea or Endometriosis as such an early age?

Dysmenorrhea is anything that isn't a "normal" period. Endometriosis is possible. You could also have uterine fibroids (harmless tumors) or an ovarian cyst. You should see a gyno soon. They'll be able to help you. (They'll be able to feel a cyst or fibroids) They can give you some sort of treatment, based on what they find.

What will help them is keep track of how long you bleed in general and how heavy it is (i.e. how many pads or tampons you go thru in a day- and what strength they are) and how long you've noticed this.  (+ info)

What is the best home remedy for dysmenorrhea. I have PMS and often bloated and have loss of bowel movement.?

It is commonly associated with severe abdominal pain and cramps and often relieved when i induce vomiting. There are times when i have loss of consciousness. Health experts, i hope you can enlighten me by an advice and best home remedy.

Period pains, or dysmenorrhoea, affect 40-70% of women of reproductive age.
For about one in 10 women the discomfort and pain is bad enough to interfere with their daily lives.
A certain amount of discomfort around the time of ovulation and menstruation is normal and it has been proposed that it is related to the movements of the womb and the hormones and chemicals that circulate around the body at that time of the month.
However, sometimes dysmenorrhoea is a sign of an underlying disease.
The pain typically occurs in the lower abdomen and/or pelvis and can radiate to the back and along the thighs, lasting somewhere between eight and 72 hours.
It can occur before or during menstruation or both. Headaches, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting may accompany it.
When there is no underlying cause, simple analgesia with a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen might be all that is needed.
Some women find that going on the combined oral contraceptive pill lessens the discomfort.
Others have reported being helped by acupuncture, TENS therapy (a painless way of stimulating the nerves using pulsed energy) or a hot water bottle applied locally to the area of discomfort.
If there is an underlying disease causing the dysmenorrhoea then this should be treated.
Often there will be other symptoms too, such as heavy bleeding or pain or bleeding after intercourse.
The most common diseases associated with dysmenorrhoea are endometriosis and fibroids.
Endometriosis is a condition where the cells that make up the lining of the womb are also found in places other than the womb.
With each menstruation, this tissue outside of the womb responds to the same hormones that control periods and therefore builds up and breaks down and bleeds in the same way as the womb lining.
This can lead to inflammation and pain. Endometriosis can be treated with hormones or surgery to shrink or remove the problematic tissue.
Fibroids are non-cancerous or benign growths in the uterus.
A fifth of women develop them in their lifetime. They can be very small or as big as a melon.
Some cause no problems while others cause significant pain and heavy periods.
Treatment options include hormonal therapy and surgery.
Other less common causes of dysmenorrhoea are previous pelvic surgery and a pelvic infection.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
Many women experience physical and mood changes around the time of their period, but for some it can be a particularly difficult time.
There are more than 150 symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS), but the common ones include low mood and irritability, breast tenderness and bloating.
Typically PMS symptoms appear before in the days before period and cease once menstruation begins.
It is not known what causes PMS but hormonal changes are thought to be involved. PMS severity often increases around hormonal surges, such as puberty and pregnancy.
Women aged 30-45 often experience the most severe PMS.
Treatments are available to ease the symptoms. These include hormonal contraceptives and more potent hormonal drugs.
Some may prefer to try non-hormonal alternatives such as vitamin B6 and evening primrose oil.  (+ info)

What would be the best and easiest way to prevent dysmenorrhea?

Believe it or not, a lack of exercise and poor diet can increase the risk of dysmenorrhea. So eat right, and a multivitamin daily is a good idea, too. Also take brisk walks everyday.
Also, birth control pills prevent ovulation. That helps to avoid dysmenorrhea. (but that requires a prescription)
Right before, and even during menstruation, ibuprofen, aspirin, or naproxen will help control pain. And soak in a warm tub to make it feel better. Good luck.  (+ info)

Is it bad to take in ibuprofen or mefenamic acid if you are suffering from dysmenorrhea?

Some says its bad... I dont know why. Can it have some bad effect?

None at all, unless you're allergic to them. Those, specifically mefenamic acid are actually prescribed to relieve dysmenorrhea. Just take them at the recommended dosage.  (+ info)

What is the right medication for DYSMENORRHEA?

Please help. I always experience it everytime i have my monthly period.

There are over the counter meds like midol which contain a painkiller and something to reduce water retention called a diuretic. Your physician can direct you to stronger meds, like progesterone or anti-imflammatories. You could try over the counter ibuprofen which is an anti-inflammatory.  (+ info)

What are the ways to prevent dysmenorrhea?

can u please help me? i always have painful menstruation ^^

Some things you can do that may help are drink and eat healthy foods and liquids before and during your period even if you feel weak and blah. Also get plenty of rest and light exercise if you feel up to it. Ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin) may help with cramps and headaches.
But there could be a medical reason why you have painful periods, so you should also check with the doctor/nurse who you usually see for gyn visits and such.  (+ info)

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