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What is Really Causing your Period Cramps?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 5, 2016 11:46:20 PM / by Winter Ninivaggi


Millions of women suffer with debilitating menstrual pain each month. This pain can be physical or mental or perpetuating cycle of physical pain causing emotional pain or emotional pain causing physical. 

Statistics show that women lose hundreds of millions of hours of work per year to painful periods.

One significant source of severe menstrual pain is dysmenorrhea. Dysmenorrhea is characterized as painful periods. Women affected by the pain of dysmenorrhea experience repetitive life-compromising pain.

While experiencing such intense pain a woman's cognition is also affected and her attention span and task accuracy is blurred.

90% of female cases of interstitial cystitis and IBS are preceded by dysmenorrhea. The pain scale for dysmenorrhea can be greatly influenced by mental-emotional states, social and familial connections and an expression of emotion.

Pain pathways are sensitized and less easily managed in dysmenorrheic patients with maladaptive emotional states.

Another source of extreme discomfort is endometriosis. Endometriosis is a serious autoimmune condition in which uterine tissue grows outside the uterus. This causes lesions in the ovaries, fallopian tubes, abdominal lining and affects the bowel and bladder. Translocated or misplaced tissue causes inflammation and extreme debilitating pain. It can take a doctor up to 10 years from the onset of pain to give a diagnosis of endometriosis because they don't believe it affects teens. 

Pain experienced during period is normal, but debilitating monthly pain is not normal.

We take your pain seriously at Second Nature.  We have advanced treatments for endometriosis that work. We have safe and effective treatments to prevent the formation of adhesions and endometriosis. We use advanced ozone injections into the abdomen for immediate pain relief, natural pain relief formulas and dietary strategies to prevent the formation of adhesions and inflammation. 

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Topics: Women's Health

Winter Ninivaggi

Written by Winter Ninivaggi

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Isadora Guggenheim, ND, RN, MS, CNS LMT, owner of Second Nature Naturopathic Care, LLC
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