I know that feeling, that one that makes you imagine life without menstruation, the same one that makes you go to Google to find out if this misery can ever be taken away. If you have been long tortured by period cramps, I bet you would give a whole lot to make it go away…forever. I mean who wants to face period cramps every single month?
Well, the good news is that menstrual pain can indeed be cured permanently. The key to finding a permanent cure to period pain is first identifying the type of menstrual pain and its root cause. This can be achieved by personal research and most importantly, a visit to a doctor. You see, most menstrual pains are just needless conditions that can be cured by identifying its root cause and treating it.
Notwithstanding the type of menstrual pain you experience, here are some possible measures used to cure menstrual pain permanently. I bet you like the sound of that!
#1 Pain Relievers
There are a ton of drugs and medications available for treating painful periods. I included this as a permanent solution because if medications recommended by your doctor are strictly followed, you can be pain free each time you are on your period. I wrote an article on most common menstrual pain medications. However, I strongly recommend that you check in with your doctor to find out what best suits your body, according to your medical history.
#2 Birth Control Medications
Hormonal birth control medications are also a way of relieving or stopping menstrual cramps. Hormonal birth control treatments can be administered in form of oral contraceptive pills (OCPs), injections, transdermal patches or hormone-releasing intrauterine device. These birth control medications work to reduce menstrual flow and the pain that comes with it. Oral contraceptives are a common choice among women who suffer painful menstruation. Due to the high risks that might result from birth control medications, it is highly advised that you seek professional medical advice before embarking on any birth control medication.
In the 60s it was discovered that a chemical known as prostaglandins was at the center of menstrual cramps. These chemicals, which are made from the traces of fat stirred in the cell membranes promoted inflammation. Prostaglandins also caused muscle contractions, blood vessel constrictions, blood clotting and ultimately pain. This is why NSAIDs work so well for relieving period cramps since these drugs reduce the production of prostaglandins. The good news for non drug lovers is that diet can also achieve same effects as these NSAIDs.
In the absence of any food allergies, here are some foods to incorporate in abundance into your daily diet:
Whole grains including brown rice, whole grain bread, oatmeal and other high fiber grains.
Vegetables including spinach, broccoli, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts and the likes.
Legumes including beans, peas and lentils.
Lots of fruits!
Try to stay away from these foods:
Animal products, added vegetable oils and fatty foods.
So if you are skeptical of drugs, these diet change can go a long way, how albeit gradually, to deplete your period cramps possibly to a point of no return.
Yes exercise can help relieve menstrual pain. A study published in the “Journal of Research in Health Science” in 2006 by Iranian researchers showed that exercise helped decrease the time and level of primary dysmenorrhea in high school girls. It also reduced the girls’ use of sedative medications for pain relief. Exercise does this by increasing blood circulation causing the cramps to go away. Menstrual cramps which can also be induced by stress can be combated by the use of gentle, low impact exercises. Although exercise might be the last thing on your mind when you are in pain, gentle, low-impact aerobic exercises, such as walking or swimming at a slow pace can get rid of cramps for good. It is vital to note that long term cure of menstrual pain using exercises, can only be achieved by a permanent exercise habit combined with a healthy lifestyle.
Surgery can also be used, usually as a last resort to treat serious menstrual cramps that have not be successfully managed by non-evasive therapies. Here are common types of surgery used to treat menstrual cramps.
Endometrial Ablation: This procedure involves destroying the lining of the uterus.
Endometrial Resection: This procedure involves the removal of the uterus lining.
Hysterectomy: This one’s a bit extreme and is used to treat very serious conditions. This procedure involves the complete removal of the uterus.
These are all ways to get rid of that annoying menstrual pain for good. I recommend a lifestyle change involving a combination of special diets, exercise and use of NSAIDs at the early stages of transition. Hey, I’m not a doctor, so be sure to consult your doctor on which of the available treatments can best rid you of menstrual cramps.