Menstrual Cramps – Dysmenorrhea
Many women find their monthly menses a painful experience. The pain varies from woman to woman with varying intensity. While some experience mild pain during the period, it is an excruciating experience for others. Many have given various reasons as the cause of menstrual cramps.
Painful menstruation also is known as Dysmenorrhea only means difficult menstruation. Monthly menstruation is the shedding of the uterine lining of the uterus and during this process, the uterus contracts. Women with Cramps experience painful contractions and feel pains in the lower abdomen sometimes at the lower back and towards the thighs.
The pain experienced also includes dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Pain can begin 24 hours before the start of menses and can last for 48 to 72 hours after menses begin. This experience mostly incapacitates women, and this is why many take to NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) as succor.
It is necessary to ascertain if painful menstruation is primary Dysmenorrhea or secondary Cramps. The primary case simply means the experience of normal Cramps while secondary have other health issues responsible for the pain. Secondary Menstrual Cramps can be caused by ovarian cysts, endometriosis of uterine fibroids and it is not only limited to these. Other factors such as constipation, UTI and IBS can also be responsible, and this calls for the need to seek the help of a doctor to ascertain the cause of your pain.
Cause of Painful Menstrual Cramps
Some studies in the ‘70’s observed that women with Dysmenorrhea had a high level of prostaglandin F2 alpha (PGF2). PGF2 alpha is responsible for the stoppage of progesterone production in the uterus. Women with Cramps produce 7 times more PGF2 alpha than women without Dysmenorrhea. This high level of prostaglandin, when released into the blood, causes the uterus to spasm and be inflamed. This inflammation and cramping are the cause of pain and why PGF2 is high in some women is yet unknown.
Homeopathic Treatment for Cramps
There various homeopathic remedies for the treatment of Cramps. It is necessary to consult a qualified homeopath to find the suitable treatment of each as homeopathy thrives on the theory individualization. Below are top homeopathic drugs but are not limited to these.
Chamomilla for dysmenorrhea
This remedy is for women with hyper sensitive nerves that can hardly bear the pain. Such a person gets irritable quickly, and pain sets in after being angry. The pain spread from pelvic area to the thighs, and this aggravates in the night while walking around give some relief.
Cimicifuga (Actaea Racemosa) for Menstrual Cramps
One feature of the cramps experienced in this case in which this remedy is appropriate is that it gets worse as the flow increases accompanied with neck and back pain. Pain also extends down the thigh, and such a person shows nervousness and fearful when not feeling alright.
Cocculus for painful period
This remedy is suitable for women that experience dysmenorrhea along with weakness and dizziness which can also come in the form of a headache or nausea. She may also experience numb or hollow feelings. Pain get aggravated while standing and lying down, or sleeping brings much relieve.
Magnesia Phosphorica for dysmenorrhea
This remedy is suitable for painful Cramps around the pelvic area that reliefs by applying some pressure and warmth. The pain is usually felt more at the right side of the body and experiences worse feeling in the cold or at night.
Belladonna for Cramps
Symptoms suitable for this remedy include sudden intense menstrual pain that comes and go. Pain gets worse by touch but brings relief by applying gentle but steady pressure. Walking or bending posture aggravates the pain and sitting bring some relief. A feeling of restlessness with pounding sensation is also experienced, and such a women eyes are sensitive to light.
Lachesis for Painful Menstrual Cramps
This remedy is suitable for women who experience many painful cramps before the commencement of the menses and get relieved when flow begins. Symptoms such as flushes of heat, sensitivity to the feel of clothes around the waist or neck, headache and a bearing down sensation around the pelvis fall into this category. Such a person feels bottled up physically and emotionally.
Sepia for Dysmenorrhea
Sepia is recommended for painful and suppressed menstruation aka dysmenorrhea. Such a woman feels weak around the pelvic floor as though the uterus is sagging. The woman is overly sensitive and comfortable being in isolation temporarily. Warmth and exercise bring some relief to such a person.
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