Painful periods are one of the most common health complaints. But because periods happen every month, many people don’t take them seriously. But there are periods that are so painful that they upset your daily living. But this is not normal.

-There are 2 types of painful periods, 1 - is that all the organs are healthy, but there are aches in the stomach, back and even sometimes in the thighs. The pain can often radiate, because the nerves are shared. Feeling nauseous, diarrhea, nauseous and headache. This may last 3 days and then there is relief. This pain is from a chemical released from the uterus, and when the uterus is contracting then the chemical is released.

-There are different pains and different flows, but also different pain tolerance. Some people are more sensitive than others

-some women with heavy flow, also pass large blood clots

-starting period early, being obese, smoking, or never having children are all reasons periods may be painful

-the 2nd cause of the painful period is when there is something wrong with the organs involved. Often in the 20s or 30s years of age, you may notice that even before or after the periods you have pain. Bloating, heaviness of the uterus or bleeding between periods or bleeding after having sex. These may be symptoms of endometriosis, where the lining of the uterus is growing outside of the uterus and bleeding. Pelvic Inflammatory disease- which is often caused by sexually transmitted Infections that were left untreated. Or it could be from ovarian fibroids, cysts or pollups. 

- in order to diagnose what kind of painful periods you are having is to keep track of your symptoms. But if they are deeply painful, you should see a doctor and have an internal exam, an ultrasound and other tests such as STI blood and urine testing.

-Treatments for painful periods depend on the cause. For the 1st type of painful period when there is nothing medically wrong with the body you can comfort yourself. Sometimes curling into a ball and using a heating bed or water bottle is comforting, exercise can also really help, and it can be hard to do exercise when you are hurting but something like yoga and stretching may be helpful. There are also pain medicines that some people can take like NSAID, aspirin may not actually be as helpful. It is recommended that the very moment that you begin feeling pain, then you start taking the medicine and take it regularly, if you wait for the pain to be very strong then it’s hard to treat it.

- treatments for the second kind of painful period are going to depend on what the actual medical cause of the pain is. The doctor will then tell you what the options are for you to take care of the problem.

-We need you to make good, healthy decisions about your own health. If your period is causing you so much pain that it is interfering with your work or school, then you should really see your doctor.

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