Menstrual Colic – Why Do We Feel?

Every month during that same period, the uncomfortable menstrual cramps come to visit women, some feel so light that they are almost imperceptible, others suffer so much from it, that they get sick when they get close to menstruation .

Menstrual cramping or dysmenorrhea as it is called by specialists, is a pain in the lower part of the belly that is caused by the contraction of the uterus when releasing the endometrium during menstruation . There are two types of menstrual colic, the primary one that accompanies from the first menstruation which is the most normal to happen and the secondary one that is caused due to some pathology such as fibroids , cysts , endometriosis and etc. Normally, menstrual cramps start in a period before menstruation, being a natural symptom of PMS and can last until the end of the menstrual cycle, intensifying during the menstrual period.

Some women suffer so much from menstrual cramps that they are unable to perform their daily functions, accompanied by other even more uncomfortable symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, severe headaches and diarrhea . Usually remedies for immediate relief of menstrual cramps work to improve this discomfort, but when they do not resolve the doctor should be sought for a more specific diagnosis and a more appropriate treatment. Through imaging and laboratory tests it is possible to check the reasons and causes of such strong menstrual cramps.

In general, women who suffer from primary menstrual colic are able to relieve this discomfort by practicing physical exercises that release endorphins (a substance released to help control pain), a diet rich in fiber and in most cases the indication of contraceptives , which cause endometrial atrophy decreasing pain. Secondary, on the other hand, is usually recommended for surgical intervention to solve the problem, of course, both can be used anti-inflammatory drugs, with monitoring and medical prescription.

What Can I Do To Relieve Menstrual Cramps?

In addition to the recommendations that every woman receives from her gynecologist, how to drink enough water to hydrate, escape sedentary lifestyle by practicing physical exercises, avoid certain foods that ferment in the body mainly during the menstrual cycle, we have separated some tips that can help you get rid of or less relieve that discomfort that drives us crazy.

  • Homeopathic Remedies – Many experts now bet on homeopathic remedies, claiming to have more response than conventional remedies for menstrual cramps. The most used are chamomilla, sepia, lachesis and carbonic limestone, of course, each one is indicated for a specialty and should be taken under recommendation. 

  • Acupuncture- Acupuncture is a method not so sought after for these purposes, but its efficiency is proven, not only to get rid of menstrual cramps but also to regulate the cycle. 

Women suffer from cramps so severe that it is impossible to do their daily tasks during this period

  • Tea- This tip has been used since the time of our grandmothers, tea is recommended to relieve the discomfort of menstrual cramps. Cinnamon tea, Chinese angelica tea and agonized tea are recommended for pain. 

  • Food – What few women know about food has a great influence on menstrual cramps, and eating the wrong foods can further accentuate the discomfort, so avoid foods that have caffeine and sausages during this period. Prefer foods rich in calcium and magnesium, such as dark leafy vegetables, bananas, beets, oats, zucchini and cabbage. These foods have anti-inflammatory power and even better, they are natural.

The ideal is that the woman lives a healthier life, with a more balanced diet and with the practice of physical exercises that will cause the pains to come in lesser intensity, getting rid of them may be an impossible task, but to alleviate with certainty. Self-medication is not advised, after all, the ideal is to follow a treatment under guidance after medical diagnosis.

See also: PMS Symptoms – Myth or Truth?

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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.

Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

Dr. Alexis Hart

My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother. Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

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