Menstrual Cramps

DYSMENORRHEA

Throbbing pain in the lower abdomen is the hallmark of menstrual cramps. These cramps are the most annoying part of your period. A more specific term for menstrual cramps is dysmenorrhea. It’s completely normal if you feel discomfort around your abdomen, lower back, and even thighs during your menstrual cycle.

Menstrual cramps can vary widely from person to person. You may experience a mild episode of menstrual cramps lasting for a day or two. Or these mensural cramps may inflict unbearable pain that interferes with your everyday activities.

PRIMARY DISMENORRHEA

The primary dysmenorrhea is the most common cause of period pain. The muscular contractions of your uterus cause the pain. Your uterus contracts and relaxes to shed off the built lining. A chemical called prostaglandin controls the muscles of your uterus. As the uterus contracts, the muscles apply a potent force on the adjacent blood vessels.

Consequently, the nearby tissue of the uterus gets deprived of oxygen. You experience pain when your uterine muscles briefly lose their oxygen supply. During this time, some females may experience nausea, headaches, vomiting, or even diarrhea.

SECONDARY DISMENORRHEA

Secondary dysmenorrhea often arises in women who have already been menstruating for several years. The women may experience pain at times other than during mensuration. Secondary dysmenorrhea is related to conditions that affect your uterus, like uterine fibroids or endometriosis. The pain from secondary dysmenorrhea often gets worse over time. Women suffering from secondary dysmenorrhea may experience pain even before their period starts, and the pain continues after their period end.

ALARMING SYMPTOMS THAT REQUIRE IMMEDIATE MEDICAL INTERVENTION

Many women experience recurrent pain during their mensuration cycles. But if you are suffering from any of the following, you must seek immediate medical assistance:

  • mensural cramps start to get worse
  • NSAIDs and OTC medicines don’t help
  • fever with period pain
  • pain even after the period
  • over the age of 25 and worst mensural cramps for the first time

DIAGNOSTIC TESTS

When you visit our medical staff at MyDoc Urgent Care, you will undergo a complete physical exam (including a pelvic exam). The following diagnostic tests might be recommended depending on the severity of the symptoms and your medical history:

  • pap test
  • ultrasound
  • CT scan
  • gynecologic laparoscopy

TAKE AWAY MESSAGE

Although mensural cramps are an ordinary thing to experience during your period, you need to be observant of anything unusual and abnormal. If you sense something different regarding the mensural cramps or period pain, immediately book an appointment at MyDoc Urgent Care. We have the best medical faculty to deal with mensuration related disorders. We strive to provide industry-standard medical assistance to our patients and ensure that they receive the best treatment in the town.