During your fertile years, your body goes through a monthly cycle that exists to support a pregnancy. Part of that process involves a thickening layer of tissue in your uterus. If you don’t become pregnant in any given month, that tissue layer breaks down and sheds, which is why you go through a period of monthly bleeding.
Your body moves that tissue out by a series of uterine contractions. As those muscles contract and release you may experience discomfort ranging from mild to severe.
Menstrual pain shouldn’t be severe or incapacitating. If you find that your period is so painful that you regularly miss work or school, then you should consider seeking medical care.
Excessive menstrual pain can be a sign of a serious medical issue. Seek immediate medical care for the following symptoms:
Some treatments can reduce menstrual pain and make it easier to engage in your normal activities while you are having your period.
Many women can relieve menstrual cramping with various over-the-counter medications. Pain relief can also be achieved by a period of rest along with the application of targeted heat therapy. Some women swear by yoga, or other gentle exercising during their period, and claim an immediate lessening of pain while exercising.
If those methods don’t work, Dr. Chung can help you find more effective treatment options.
Certain medications can help relieve pain, including various anti-inflammatory drugs. Hormonal birth control methods like the pill can help by preventing ovulation. Hormonal birth control is also available in patches, implants, and injections, and with an intrauterine device (IUD).
Severe menstrual pain may require a surgical procedure to achieve lasting relief. This is especially true for women who suffer from fibroids or endometriosis.
Dr. Chung and his practice utilize many noninvasive office treatments to aid in the relief of these persistent symptoms. Although Dr. Chung is considered one of the best laparoscopic, minimally invasive surgeons in his field, he chooses surgery as his very last option for treating chronic pain conditions.
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