Most women have some discomfort during their period, but between 5 - 10% of women have period pain so bad that it disrupts life. Does this resonate with you? I would like you to know that periods this painful are not normal. When the underlying cause is treated the pain reduces.
Often period pain is accompanied by symptoms, such as bloating, tender breasts, swollen stomach, lack of concentration, mood swings, or tiredness.
Painful periods are also known as dysmenorrhoea. There are 2 types of dysmenorrhoea - primary and secondary.
What is primary dysmenorrhoea?
The pain is mainly in the lower part of the abdomen but can go into the back and down the front of the thighs.
The cramping pains are caused by the uterus contracting to shed its lining, and also by pain caused by the reduced supply of blood to the uterus.
The pain is caused by the hormone, prostaglandin, which is made in the lining of the uterus. On day 1 of your period, the level of prostaglandins is high. But as the lining of the uterus is shed during your period, the level decreases. This is why your pain generally reduces as your period progresses.
What is secondary dysmenorrhoea?
This may not start until your mid-twenties. The pain can occur throughout the cycle. Periods may become heavier and last longer.
Secondary dysmenorrhoea can be a sign of other conditions including fibroids, endometriosis, adenomyosis, ovarian cysts.
How do painkillers reduce the pain?
Many women get bad cramps during their period. The reason may be due to a hormone imbalance. Taking a painkiller will stop the pain by stopping the release of the hormone, prostaglandin. When this hormone is not released, the brain will not get the message as quickly or clearly.
The medication stops you feeling the symptom but it does not address the cause of the pain.
Homeopathy for painful periods
Here are some homeopathic remedies that may help with acute pain during your period.
Homeopathic remedy - Belladonna
The feeling of bearing down with cramp
Pains come and go suddenly
Hot gushes of blood
Better standing or sitting upright
Homeopathic remedy - Chamomilla
Colicky pain before and during the period
Pain may extend down the thighs
Hypersensitive to pain
Pain from emotions
Heavy flow with coldness of hands and feet
Homeopathic remedy - Lachesis
All symptoms better when blood flow begins
Worse in hot room
Homeopathic remedy - Mag phos
Sudden, sharp shooting pains and cramps
Applied heat, gentle pressure and doubling up relieve pain
Homeopathic remedy - Pulsatilla
Bearing down pain
Pains constantly change location
Period pain started at puberty
Homeopathic remedy - Sepia
Snappy and irritable before period
Pains since puberty
Light periods or very heavy periods
Bearing down sensation
The causes of painful periods are often due to a hormonal imbalance.
You may wish to address the underlying cause by seeing a homeopath.
Is homeopathy for you?
Homeopathy is used all over the world for so many health issues including issues with periods. I would love to speak to you if you think I may be able to help support you.
I offer a free 30 minute call. During this call, we talk about you, your symptoms, and how they are affecting you. I will ask you some questions to see if homeopathy may be beneficial to you.
I am always happy to hear from you.