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What are the causes of Menstrual Cramp?

May 10, 2008
For women, the wisdom you acquire with age is often offset by the physical discomfort your body seems determined to inflict upon you. Many women who're unluckily enough to have irregular periods can still have menstrual cramps to deal with as well. The situation can be made worse for approximately one in ten women who suffer with PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, a hormonal problem for women who are pre-menopausal. How much pain each woman will feel varies considerably with some barely able to move whilst other hardly feel any discomfort at all.

This is when you need some menstrual cramp relief you can count on time and time again. Often the easiest way to help stop this is complaint to just take a natural pain relief tablet. In theory, calcium may help prevent menstrual cramps by maintaining normal muscle tone. Muscles that are calcium-deficient tend to be hyperactive and therefore might be more likely to cramp. Calcium supplementation was reported to reduce pain during menses in one double-blind trial,6 though another such study found that it relieved only premenstrual cramping, not pain during menses. Some doctors recommend calcium supplementation for dysmenorrhoea, suggesting 1,000 mg per day throughout the month and 250-500 mg every four hours for pain relief, during acute cramping (up to a maximum of 2,000 mg per day). Like calcium, magnesium plays a role in controlling muscle tone and could be important in preventing menstrual cramps. Magnesium supplements have been reported in preliminary and double-blind European research to reduce symptoms of dysmenorrhoea. In one of these double-blind trials, women took 360 mg per day of magnesium for three days beginning on the day before menses began. Now, it is true to say that some women do not like taking any type of oral medication - even natural - but perhaps it's now time to think about that stance.

After all, if your stomach cramps are getting you down every month then what do you have to lose? What's worse is that you may have more than just the cramps to contend with, you may experience a bloated feeling and nausea too. On a personal level, I was just tired of the cramping pains and decided to source an effective menstrual cramp relief solution. Sometimes it is ok, but at other times Isome ladies truly feel like someone has squeezed my midsection with a large vice, and they just can't get free.

There are times when nothing seems to give any relief but someone suggested they try a heat pad on their stomach which works quite well although sometimes it works better against the patients back. You may not have tried this for your problem before but it is well worth giving it a go particularly if you haven't had any success with pills. However, if you endure more painful menstrual cramps you may need to try something stronger. If this is a problem that affects your work attendance then you may need to do something about it before it damages your chance of promotion.

Of course you could try speaking to your doctor to see what thoughts he or she has on menstrual cramp relief remedies, especially if it causing you problems in addition to pain. Quite often it can be a simple case of being prescribed one of the birth control pills as these are effective for many women and this might be something your doctor recommends. Just remember to talk about your health matters with your doctor to see if it is safe for you to be on the Pill, and remember, this isn't an option if you are trying to get pregnant and in that case, you may just have to grin and bear your discomfort. You will eventually find a remedy that works for you; it is just a matter of time.
About the Author
Keith Woolley is Research Director of Boots Herbal Stores. Click here for more information on Menstrual Cramps, Painful Menstruation . Remedies for Menstrual Cramps are available from Solgar
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