Are those monthly cycles affecting your daily activities? Is the cramping pain disturbing you or your work? This could be dysmenorrhea or painful menstruation, which is frequently experienced by many women during their menstrual cycle. While some menstrual pain is common, severe pain that disrupts normal life mostly requires attention.
Dysmenorrhea or painful menstruation commonly presents itself for few days during the monthly cycle. There may be severe pain in abdomen, lower back and legs; sometimes cramping pain is observed. The spasmodic pain is attributed to the contraction and relaxation of the uterine muscles, depending on which the pain increases and decreases. The pain may be associated with nausea, vomiting, headache or fainting. Some women may also experience breast tenderness, abdominal bloating, changes in bowel movements, fatigue and mood changes.
The condition can be classified as primary dysmenorrhea, which does not have any specific pathological cause, and secondary dysmenorrhea, which has a definite pathology underlying the menstrual pain.
Dysmenorrhea or painful menstruation is mainly caused when prostaglandins, which act like hormones, are produced excessively in the body. The other common causes include conditions like endometriosis, pelvic infections, uterine fibroid or polyps and ovarian cysts.
It is obvious that when you suffer from severe debilitating pain, you tend to turn towards instant relief. However, such medications though useful, can offer only temporary relief and may not always deal with the underlying cause.
Homeopathy can be of great advantage as it aims at treating the person as a whole. Different women may present a different picture of dysmenorrhea or painful menstruation and with varying causes. Hence, it is important to analyze every case differently and with an individualistic approach, which is the hallmark of homeopathic treatment.
While there are some homeopathic remedies that can provide quick symptomatic relief in certain cases, there are some remedies that are constitutional remedies, aimed at treating the cause and bring a cure wherever possible. This requires thorough case taking, detailing every aspect of your health condition, menstrual and medical history along with your lifestyle, diet and regimen, sleep, likes, dislikes and emotional status as well.
Homeopathic Treatment For Dysmenorrhea
Homeopathic remedies have proved to be effective in many cases of dysmenorrheal or painful menstruation. Homeopathic treatment is highly specific to the individual person and is best prescribed by a qualified homeopathic physician depending on the case.
Some Homeopathic Remedies Commonly Used In Clinical Practice To Treat Dysmenorrhea Include:
- Belladonna – In women who experience intense pain, which can come and go suddenly along with a congestive feeling. There is lot of restlessness and thirst. Most of the complaints are worsened by touch, noise and motion and are better by light pressure and rest.
- Chamomilla – For over-sensitive and irritable women. Complaints worsen due to anger and are better by moving around.
- Colocynthis – For severe cramping pain during menstruation. Pain is better by bending over, applying heat and pressure over the abdomen.
- Veratrum Album – In women having heavy menstruation with severe cramps associated with nausea and vomiting.
Some Bio-Chemic Or 12 Tissue Remedies That Have Earned Repute In This Area Include:
- Magnesia Phos – Typically in women experiencing dysmenorrhea with spasmodic or neuralgic pain before and during menstruation. Complaints are generally worsened by movement and are better by application of warmth and by light pressure.
- Natrum Mur – In women and young girls, who have headache and emotional upsets associated with menstruation.
- Silicea – In women who are extremely sensitive; especially to cold even during menstruation. It is mostly administered as a constitutional remedy given at specific intervals.
Lifestyle Management For Dysmenorrhea
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and following a fitness schedule is very essential. As the cause and health condition in every case is different, it is advisable to seek expert opinion.
Some Tips That Can Help You:
- Maintain Healthy Weight – Excess weight can add to your problem. Take necessary measures to maintain an ideal weight according to your height and age.
- Exercise Regularly – Stay active; go for a walk, swim or cycling. Regular yoga and aerobics can also be good to maintain flexibility and strength of your muscles.
- Modify Your Diet – Add whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and skimmed milk. Avoid refined and sugary foods, aerated soft drinks and chocolates.
Care During Menstruation
Consume light meals and drink plenty of water. Remain active within limits and take adequate rest; sleep by lying on sides with knees bent. Take warm water bath as it will help to relax your muscles.
Simple Kegel exercises can help in relieving menstrual cramps and strengthening the pelvic floor muscles. Tighten your pelvic floor muscles as if you are trying to control urination. Hold for few seconds and then release. Repeat for five to six times.
A systematic approach with professional homeopathic treatment along with lifestyle management can help you manage dysmenorrhea or painful menstruation more effectively.