About 50% of women struggle with painful menstruation (known as dysmenorrhoea). This common condition can either be classified as primary dysmenorrhoea or secondary dysmenorrhoea and can cause pain, headaches, cramping, nausea and even vomiting. If there is no underlying organic abnormality and it is caused by a higher level of prostaglandin (an inflammatory hormone), it is classified as primary dysmenorrhoea. Secondary dysmenorrhoea is linked with conditions like ovarian cysts, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (POS).
What are the causes of dysmenorrhoea?
Studies have revealed that women who battle with dysmenorrhoea have higher levels of prostaglandin which prompts the painful contractions of the smooth uterine muscle. Prostaglandin production is controlled by another hormone, namely progesterone. Before the menstruation cycle is set to start, the levels of progesterone drop and prostaglandin rises which can lead to pain and cramping.
Can natural medicine be effective for treating painful periods?
The team at Brisbane Naturopath uses a variety of nutrients and herbs to alleviate the pain linked with dysmenorrhoea. One of our naturopaths could suggest lifestyle and diet changes that can help to alleviate the pain and might prescribe natural anti-inflammatory herbs that can alleviate uterine contractions and muscle spasms. A hormone test to determine where the imbalance is can also be advised.
You can develop other health issues if you do not address your painful periods. There is no need to suffer every month! Contact Brisbane Naturopath where an informed naturopath will create a customised treatment program to help you treat dysmenorrhoea and any other underlying issues relating to your health.