The number one cause of this pain is due to a chemical, prostaglandins, produced by our body that causes the uterus to contract and allow menstrual fluid/blood to pass through. This means that the higher the production of prostaglandins, the more painful it is.
How are menstrual cramps diagnosed?
Most women take over-the-counter drugs like painkillers to suppress the pain. However, women should always consult their doctors to properly diagnose the pain. Physicians normally ask series of questions to properly assess the causes (external and internal) of the pain. They also will provide you with a physical and pelvic exam. Blood tests, ultrasounds are upon recommendations of your doctor.
How do we treat menstrual cramps?
Trust only your doctor when taking medicines. With proper medication and prescription of drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help alleviate the pain and inflammatory (McKesson Health Solutions LLC, 2003). Second thing can be putting warm compress on your lower abdomen (hydrotherapy) to relax the muscles and relieve pain. In some cases, birth control pills are prescribed to decrease the production of prostaglandin, which in turn decreases contraction and pain. Home remedies are also encouraged such as pelvic exercises (ask your doctor about it) and exercising regularly. In most cases, living and eating healthier can have positive effects on your general well-being.
Where can you find more information about menstrual cramps and the likes?
Contact Faith Medical Group at +65 6444 8019 or drop by at our clinics!