Dr. Apoorva Pallam Reddy, Gynaecologist at Mathrutva Fertility Centre, Bangalore, India talks about dysmenorrhoea. She explains that taking over the counter painkiller is a safe option during painful periods.
Painful periods are very common amongst young girls or women in their 20’s. For some of them, it’s severe enough to disrupt their routine life. Painful menstruation is medically termed as dysmenorrhoea. It is can be due to the high level of prostaglandins, responsible for contractions of the uterine walls to shed its lining.
Painful cramps during periods are often accompanied with:
- Changes in the bowel movement
- Frequent urination
- Lower back pain
- Abdominal pain
- Heavy flow
“Analgesics and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs(NSAIDs) are relatively safe during painful periods. Taking these painkillers twice a day should ease away the discomfort. In case you have severe pain, beyond your endurance, consult your gynaecologist.”
Here are some do’s and don’ts that can provide some relief:
- Take painkillers before the onset of bleeding.
- Avoid caffeinated and salty foods.
- Eat food that is rich in calcium and antioxidants.
- Reduce the consumption of refined foods.
- Avoid alcohol and smoking.
- Massaging your back and legs will help.
- A hot water bag is advised to lessen the discomfort.
- Take rest whenever you can.
- Exercise regularly, it’s quite beneficial in decreasing the intensity of the pain.