Painful periods, medically referred as dysmenorrhea, occurs in women who experience pain just before and during menstruation, but who are otherwise healthy. Women who have had normal periods that later become painful may have secondary dysmenorrhea. This condition is usually accompanied by a problem affecting the uterus or other pelvic organs.
HOW IS PAINFUL PERIODS DIAGNOSED?
A gynaecology expert can diagnose the condition by a physical examination of the pelvis. Ultrasound may be done to rule out possible conditions that may cause painful periods such as PCOS.
HOW IS PAINFUL PERIODS TREATED?
Treatment depends on diagnosis of the problem. In most cases, pain killers are given to provide respite. Surgery is needed if above mentioned complications arise. Exercises and healthy diet are also suggested to help shed fat around the uterus. In other cases, the doctors would also recommend you to take hot packs to reduce the pain and also medicines to relieve the clots.
DID YOU KNOW?
Tests and procedures that may be done include complete blood count (CBC), cultures to rule out sexually transmitted infections, laparoscopy and ultrasound