October 22, 2012
Dealing With Severe Menstrual Cramps
Every woman has a bout of cramps with her menstrual cycle at some point, but some ladies have pain and discomfort that can take them out of the game for one or two days a month, if not more. Severe menstrual cramps are not normal, but does not always mean something is wrong. It may just be, quite sadly, the way that things are for you if this is your problem. You can talk to your doctor about your cramps and any other symptoms you may have. You may have a condition that can be managed so that some of your pain can be eased.
Severe menstrual cramps can happen near or during your period. Some people have them a few days before but have none during the period. Some have them before and during, and some just have them during the first few days of their period. For some women, these cramps are accompanied by nausea and extreme fatigue. Low back pain is also associated with severe cramping. This can make you miss work at least once a month. If your symptoms are that bad, you should most definitely have a discussion with your doctor.
There are a few things that you can do at home to help with severe menstrual cramps. One thing is to take it easy when they strike. Lay down with your feet up if you can to take some of the pressure off of your back. You can use a heating pad on your abdomen, but don’t turn it up too high. Midol and other pain relievers can also help. Get to sleep early and rest in the middle of the day if you can to help ease some of your symptoms. Chocolate always helps too. There is no medical reason for this, but enjoying a bit of dark chocolate is always comforting, don’t you think?
If you are a teenager and experiencing these things, talk to your mother about them. If you are an adult, take yourself into your doctor for a discussion about how you are feeling. If your severe menstrual cramps and other symptoms are accompanied by radical mood swings and crying, you could have any number of things going on. You could have a severe form of PMS or you could have something like polycycstic ovarian syndrome or something like Endometriosis, both of which can impact your fertility. Be open and honest about all symptoms so your doctor can help.
What you should also know is that at times severe menstrual cramps can mean something else entirely. If you have cramps that are worse than usual and your period does not come, your cramping could be a sign of pregnancy rather than an impending period. The uterus cramps quite a bit in early pregnancy, which leaves some women wondering if something is wrong. It is quite normal. As long as there is no bleeding, you don’t have anything to worry about. If you think you may be pregnant, make sure you go to your doctor for confirmation and prenatal care.