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Menstruation

Author: Peter Libby

Menstruation is a natural process that happens to all women in their reproductive years. Most women in their reproductive years experience abdominal discomfort such as bloating, cramping or lower back pain during this time.

PAINFUL MENSTRUATION

Painful menstruation or menstrual cramps are most common among young women who have not had a pregnancy. For the most part, symptoms tend to ease after pregnancy or when women take oral contraceptives. The fact is that some women continue to experience painful menstruation throughout their reproductive lives. In this case, it may help estrovera.

Another reason some women experience painful periods is because they have other medical problems such as fibroid tumours (benign growths) or endometriosis (tissue growing outside the uterus). If you consistently have painful periods you might want to go to your family doctor or gynecologist to rule out any problem. For the most part, most of your symptoms will disappear a few days after your periods start.

Since menstruation is not a disease, there is no cure for the symptoms but you can have some relief by taking some over the counter pain medication. Recent studies have found that evening primrose oil, an excellent source of gamma linolenic acid (GLA) relieves PMS without any adverse side effects.

By the way, researchers have found that menstrual bleeding is heaviest at the beginning and the ending of the reproductive years.

MISSED PERIODS

Missed periods can be caused by many things. The most likely of which is pregnancy. If you are not pregnant, other hormonal imbalances related to contraceptive pills, thyroid diseases, obesity could be the cause. If you are a high performance athlete, you could also experience menstrual problems.

It is imperative that you seek medical attention if you are having menstrual problems.

References: Rosuvastatin to prevent vascular events in men and women with elevated C-reactive protein PM Ridker, E Danielson, FAH Fonseca, J Genest, AM Gotto Jr, P Libby New England journal of medicine 359 (21), 2195-2207 2008