Period pain can stem from a variety of conditions, from that time of the month to more severe medical conditions like Endometriosis or Uterine Fibroids.
The truth is 90% of women will experience menstrual pain but how much pain is too much? Mild cramping, bloating is the norm, but crippling cramps, heavy bleeding that drastically affect your quality of life should not be ignored.
Conditions known to cause period pain:
A gynaecological condition of which the tissue that is part of the lining of the womb grows outside of the womb in the tummy, on the ovaries, bladder, and other areas. The primary symptom of which is pelvic pain, often associated with period pain. Endometriosis is usually diagnosed on laparoscopy and treated with hormones or surgery.
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- Uterine Fibroids with period pain
Three out of four women will develop uterine fibroids, but many will not experience any symptoms. If, however, you experience heavy menstrual bleeding and severe pain this could be caused by uterine fibroids. They are growths in the uterus which usually are not cancerous and can be diagnosed on examination, ultrasound, and hysteroscopy. To find out more, please click here Fibroids, polyps
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
An infection in the female reproductive tract causes inflammation, scarring, painful menstruation and more drastically, infertility. If the pelvic pain is caused by PID and treated early enough, antibiotics can treat the infection.
You may notice a change in your normal pattern of pain if your period pain is linked to one of the above conditions. To find out more, please click here Causes of Chronic Period Pain