Period Pains and Their Possible Causes
Worried about unbearable abdominal pains during menstruation?
Not in all cases are they considered serious. In fact, some may be managed at home.
Cramps are very common during menstruation, especially at the start of the cycle.
Usually, these follow an episode of discomfort felt just before menstruation (premenstrual syndrome), although both (premenstrual and menstrual cramps) are not related to each other. When a menstrual cycle starts, the womb starts to contract. This is a normal reaction which tends to shed the inner walls of the womb and produce menstrual bleeding.
Cramps are normally felt on the first and second days of each menstruation, which occurs on and off, usually lasting for 15 to 30 seconds per cramp with a resting interval of about 10 minutes. Normally, it decreases in intensity. In some others, for instance in those who are more sensitive to pain or those who produce higher amount of hormones called “prostoglandins”, pains tend to be felt more intensely and sometimes can be accompanied by shivers, sweating and weakness. This stage of severe pain can interfere in one’s daily chores. Usually, women who experience such pain tend to lie in bed most of the time in a fetal position (bent at the hips and knees resembling a fetus). Increased prostoglandins are one of the causes of contractions of certain muscular organs in the body, including the uterus and the rectum. Thus, women often feel the urge to defecate during menstruation.
Common period pains can be managed with mild anelgesics, over-the-counter non-inflammatory agents, warm compression and, of course, a lot of rest. Heavy activities tend to contract the womb even more, thus intensifying the pain.
Fifty percent of all women have menstrual pains, 15% of them complaining them to be “unbearable”. These cramps are most often felt in girls who have just started their periods. They usually subside when menstruation stabilizes, normally after 6 to 12 months.
For lady patients who prefer female doctors, we have dedicated female Doctors to attend to your medical needs.
We have 5 locations conveniently located at Robertson Walk, Bencoolen Street, Novena, Scotts (Pacific Plaza) and Somerset (H&M)
Robertson Walk 6238 7810 map
Bencoolen Street 6884 4119 map
Novena 63972095 map
Scotts 66942348 map
Somerset 62620762 map
Email: [email protected]Click Here for Contact Details, Address and Opening Times. Click here to contact us
Women’s Health Forum
Hey Gal friends! Our lady doctors have launched a health forum specially for women only!
If you have health tips or you need health advices, join us.
For Women. From WomenJoin in the discussion!