The Most Effective Menstrual Pain Relief Solutions
This month, your period didn’t follow its regular routine. Instead of that regular time of the month, you have irritating period symptoms in a time you didn’t expect. The main reason for this is that your body has produced more prostaglandins in the past 24 days, resulting in a higher level of inflammation and pain.
With all these uncomfortable symptoms going on, you desperately look for a solution to quickly relieve your menstrual pain. The first thought that pops into your head is to take pain-relieving medication. You go to your medicine cabinet, and take a few ibuprofens to numb the pain so you can get back and perform your routine activities.
The first three days of your period can be the most uncomfortable and unpleasant days of the month for you. Your period will cause different types of pain in different regions of your body. The pain can stem from various causes. Below, we will discuss some of the most forms and causes of menstrual pain:
- Referred pain: Referred pain is a neurophysiological mechanism which makes you feel pain in regions of your body that are not the original source of pain. During your period, your uterus will try to get rid of its inner lining. To expel its unwanted inner lining, your uterus will contract non-stop, making you feel pain and discomfort. The pain from your uterus will radiate to nearby regions, triggering pain in your lower back, bladder, intestines, and inner thighs. As the nerves in your body that send pain signals to your brain are all interconnected, your brain will sometimes get confused about the original source of your pain. As a result, your brain will send pain signals to different regions of your body, causing you to feel pain in bodily regions that are not the original source of your pain.
- Primary dysmenorrhea: Primary dysmenorrhea is the most common type of menstrual pain. This type of menstrual pain occurs in 90% of teenage girls and young women. Primary dysmenorrhea is caused by uterine contractions. During your period, your uterus tries to shed its inner lining. Your uterus contracts repeatedly to expel its unwanted lining, causing pain and discomfort in most young women. Primary dysmenorrhea causes pain on the first three days of your period, after which the pain will subside. Fortunately, primary dysmenorrhea does not require medical intervention, and can simply be treated at home using heat therapy or over-the-counter pain medications.
- Secondary dysmenorrhea: Secondary dysmenorrhea is a serious and debilitating menstrual pain that is usually caused by an underlying medical condition. This type of dysmenorrhea is caused by an infection, fibroids, or other disorders in your reproductive organs. In secondary dysmenorrhea, you have abdominal pain throughout your monthly cycle, with the pain intensifying during your period. Treating secondary dysmenorrhea requires medical intervention. Depending on the severity of your condition, your gynecologist may recommend pain medications, hormonal therapy, or surgery to treat your condition and relieve your discomfort.
- Pelvic pain: Pelvic pain occurs in your lower abdominal region. The pain from your uterus will radiate to other nearby regions of your pelvis, causing you to feel pain in your bladder, intestines, and inner thighs. During your menstruation, pelvic pain occurs due to referred pain. Fortunately, pelvic pain does not require medical intervention and is easy to treat. You can relieve pelvic pain by using heat therapy or taking over-the-counter pain medications.
- Endometriosis: Endometriosis is a reproductive system disorder that causes debilitating pain and discomfort in menstruating women. This disorder is caused when endometrial tissue that is supposed to grow inside your uterus grows outside your uterus, such as on your ovaries, fallopian tubes, and intestines. The endometrial tissue that grows outside your uterus cannot leave your body through your period. As a result, they remain trapped, causing severe pain and inflammation. Endometriosis is a medical disorder that must be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible to prevent further reproductive complications. Endometriosis can be treated using hormonal therapy or surgery.
What Happens in the Central Nervous System During Menstrual Pain?
During menstruation, your body acts like a cutting-edge incubator, and your brain and central nervous system do their best to adjust themselves with this ongoing bodily mechanism. Consequently, sympathetic activities increase as a result of hormonal fluctuations, and neurotransmitters send various signals. Each one of these sent signals lead to many changes in recurrent physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms. Not happy news!
On top of that, this temporary physiological malfunction causes nervous irritability, and therefore, you have emotional instability during your monthly period. It is highly likely that you will choose to take pain-relieving medication once you feel the pain coming.
The truth is that each sedative and analgesic drug targets different parts of your nervous system. Before using all these popular painkillers on a regular basis, think twice! It can be very beneficial to understand and weigh the health risks of these medications, as they have many side effects.
Painkillers can adversely affect your heart, stomach, and kidneys. In the long term, taking consistent low dosage of painkillers can have many side effects. As an example, your stomach is more prone to developing a medical condition, and you will have an upset stomach more often.
On the other hand, blood-filtering organs will have a less sensitive strainer. This means that over time your blood flow will slightly be more condensed and less circulative.
How to Relax Your Muscles While on Your Period: First-Hand Options
Muscle spasms and cramps are quite frequent while you are going through your menstruation phase. Your muscles involuntary contract, causing varying degrees of menstrual pain. While you are on your period, you will most likely choose to take painkillers to soothe your muscle cramps and relieve your menstrual pain.
Popular painkillers for relieving menstrual pain include mefenamic acid, Advil, Voltaren, and Baclofen. While relieving your muscle cramps and pain, these medications can lower your blood pressure. The last thing you want on your period is to have low blood pressure. Low blood pressure can cause dizziness, drowsiness, and additional headaches.
The Major Downside of Pain-Relieving Medications
Inadequate pain relief may result in further complications in your body. All the painkillers mentioned above temporarily disrupt the transmission of pain signals to and from your brain, resulting in short-term pain relief. Moreover, if an aggressive transmitter persists on sending pain signals to your brain, then the extent of pain goes beyond the confines of induced analgesia. This conflict will cause additional unfavorable symptoms. You always have the risk of further complications, and no one can afford long term health issues.
The Risk of Painkillers
Taking non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medications to relieve your menstrual discomfort will provide short-term pain-relief, but cause long-term health complications. The risk of taking these painkillers surely outweighs the benefits, and the serious side effects of these pills should never be neglected. Frequent consumption of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can increase your risk of many diseases, such as gastrointestinal disease, liver and kidney disorders, and heart attacks.
Further, the timing, length, and consistency of painkiller consumption is a determining factor in your overall health. A research conducted by the British Heart Foundation found that regular ibuprofen and naproxen consumption increased health risks by up to 75%. The statistics were even worse for other painkillers. Regular intake of rofecoxib increased health risks by 100%. According to this research, even a few days of painkiller consumption can adversely impact your overall health.
Other than the painkillers mentioned above, Aspirin, another popular painkiller, is also harmful to your health. If you have a bleeding disorder, Aspirin will worsen the situation, as it inhibits blood clotting, leading to profuse bleeding. Aspirin also causes gastrointestinal disease and bleeding. Aspirin, along with other popular painkillers, do more harm than good.
Intelligent Heat and Pulse Therapy
The ultimate risk-free solution for relieving menstrual discomfort and pain is Anna. Anna is a smart, wearable device that uses natural pain relief methods to soothe your period discomfort without any side effects. Anna is connected to an AI-powered mobile app that allows you to modify its settings to customize your pain relief treatment.
Anna uses heat and electrical energy to relieve your menstrual discomfort. The Anna device comes with wired and wireless adhesive, heated pads. You can stick these heated pads to your painful regions, and the heat energy from the pads will work to soothe your pain. The Anna device itself is a compact transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit that uses tiny electrical impulses to disrupt pain signalling to your brain.
The heat energy emitted by Anna’s heated pads increases blood flow to your painful regions, helping to relax and soothe your abdominal muscles. Relaxing your abdominal muscles helps you feel less period pain. Other than increasing blood flow and relaxing your muscles, the heat energy also interrupts pain transmission signalling to your brain, which results in reduced pain perception.
Based on your genetics and medical history, you will experience menstrual pain in different regions of your body. Anna’s seamless design allows you to use its fine and delicate heated pads on any region of your body where you feel discomfort. You can use Anna’s heated pads on your belly, lower back, and any other place where you feel cramps or pain. Anna’s heated pads are light and ultra-thin, allowing you to wear them everywhere to perform your routine daily activities.
The compact, wearable device weighs only 0.1 pounds. It is very light and small, enabling you to place the device inside your pocket or attach it to your belt so you can carry it with you everywhere. Use Anna to soothe your painful muscles and decrease pain during your period without any side-effects or harm to your health. Anna will be your companion to help you feel better on your period days. With Anna by your side, you will no longer miss out on any opportunities that life has to offer to you every day.