Dysmenorrhea, we are not this to suffer

Dismenorrhea is the medical term that indicates the pains associated with the menstrual cycle.
Intense pain, usually acute or crampping, but which can also be deaf and constant and can get to radiate up to the thighs and back, is often associated with nausea, diarrhea, dizziness and intense sweating.

According to the WHO, 81% of those with the menstrual cycle suffers from dysmenorrhea, with a peak during adolescence.

Despite being a very common disorder, it is often underestimated and considered "normal", something to learn to live with: you have an uterus, you have to suffer, a mantra with a biblical flavor.
Very often, these pains, which arise a few days before the start of menstruation and disappear after 2-3 days, are of an intensity such as to compromise the activities of everyday life. According to a recent study, about nine days of work or study are lost per year due to dysmenorrhea and the problem is even more evident during adolescence, when dysmenorrhea is very common. It is easy to imagine how this factor negatively affects study and school performance, relegating once again the people who experience the experience of menstruation in a disadvantaged position.

The pains related to the menstrual cycle must not come to compromise the activities of everyday life: when this happens it is necessary to contact a specialist who will help us understand how to keep pain under control and study a therapy suitable for each of us.

But what are the causes of dysmenorrhea, why do we feel pain?
When at the base of the pain there is no specific cause we speak of primary dysmenorrhea: In this case they are prostaglandins, molecules associated with inflammation and produced by our body, the managers of cramps and pain. Prostaglandins and other inflammation mediators produced in the endometrium is thought to stimulate uterine contractions which, if prolonged, cause the narrowing of the blood vessels by reducing the supply of oxygen to the tissue.

If, on the other hand, the symptoms are linked to pathologies of the reproductive system such as endometriosis, adenomyosis, uterine fibroids, infections or stenosis of the uterine cervix it is secondary dysmenorrhea, in which the symptoms are caused by pelvic anomalies.

How can we relieve symptoms?
By underlining the importance and the need to contact a doctor when the pain is not manageable and adversely affects our life, here are some remedies that can help us keep the pains of primary dysmenorrhea under control (in the case of secondary dysmenorrhea more therapy Suitable depends on the associated pathology, and only by treating the latter it is possible to eliminate or reduce pain).
L'physical activity It is a highly effective strategy to help control pain. In fact, the movement produces the Endorfine, a very powerful natural analgesic, produce our body.
Even one healthy diet, rich in anti -inflammatory foods such as blue fish, oil seeds, fresh and not very refined products and low in sugar, such as worked meat, alcohol and preservatives, can represent a valid ally to reduce the production of prostaglandins.
It may be useful to resort to a supplement of magnesium In the pre-meastrous phase, which helps to reduce swelling and muscle spasms. Just like other natural substances such as angelic, lavender and chamomile can alleviate cramps, pain and help relaxation, as well as circular massages on the lower belly, a hot water bag, lengthening exercises, yoga positions and meditation and breathing techniques.
Among the most used over -the -counter drugs are NSAIDs (non -steroidal anti -inflammatory drugs), which block the production of prostaglandins thus reducing pain. Even the birth control pill, or other low -dose hormonal therapies, can alleviate pain by reducing the intensity of the spasms of the uterus. Our doctor will be able to indicate the most suitable drug therapy to us.

Let us remember that the menstrual cycle must not negatively influence the quality of life, hinder personal successes and the achievement of our dreams!

Beatrice equal

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