September 28, 2010
by Eileen Eva
Menstrual pain or cramps also referred to as Dysmenorrhea is a dull pain normally in the lower abdomen that comes before or during menstruation. According to MedlinePlus, “It’s a top reason of absenteeism from school/work amongst teens and women on their 20s.” It happens when the uterus wall contracts in order for the blood and menstrual tissues to be expelled. The pain at times can move to the thighs or the lower back. Nausea, dizziness, sweating and loose stools are other symptoms that may accompany the pain. Most women experience this pain, but they can differ with age. As a young woman continues to age, the pain may ease.
There are 2 different types of menstrual pain, primary and secondary pains. Primary pain is experienced during your first several years of your first periods. This pain has no physical abnormality. The body produces prostaglandins, said to cause the pain. Secondary pain, involves physical causes like uterine fibroids and polyps, pelvic inflammatory disease and endometriosis.
When you experience this pain, you don’t have dash to the pharmacy or doctor, but can opt for home remedies to cure menstrual pain. Some natural remedies have proven to be promising but others still need more research to be announced effective. Below are home remedies proven to ease menstrual pain.
• Omega-3 fatty acids: These are normally found in mackerel, anchovies, salmon and sardines. They can also be available in capsules as they are PCBs and mercury free and are most preferable. There is a correlation among menstrual pain and diet. Fish oil intake has a constructive outcome in getting rid of menstrual pain. Fish oil has 2 compounds called docosahexaenoic (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic (EPA) acids that are known to decrease the levels of prostaglandin produced by the body.