Menstrual cycle or menstrual period is a regular, every month occurrence for every woman past the puberty age. However, in some women menstruation can be nothing less than a nightmare. This is due to the extreme abdominal pain and cramps that these women experience. While a little discomfort is natural, anything beyond tolerance may indicate an underlying health condition.
HOW IS PAINFUL PERIODS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis is done by a gynaecologist who would do an ultrasound to check for clots, polyps, stones and tumours.
HOW IS PAINFUL PERIODS TREATED?
Treatment depends on the severity and underlying cause of the pain. If pain is caused by PID or sexually transmitted infections (STIs),these need to be treated. Refer to gynaecologist for antibiotics to clear the infection. These medications include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), pain relievers such as narcotics and antidepressants
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