Today is a guest post from Mel at curendometriosis.com.
She’s going to give us some tips about treating those awful painful symptoms that you get before your period, and alert you that they could potentially be a sign of something more serious.
Having Period Pain is normal right? I mean, every women gets period pain. It is just part of being a women. We dread it but it’s just the way it is…. right?
Actually, no, period pain is not normal and is only common in the western world. Women in other cultures don’t get period pain and they don’t experience PMS symptoms either.
Here are some things you might want to consider about Period Pain.
1. Period Pain is an Indication of Your Hormones Being Out of Whack
Period Pain indicates an imbalance in our hormones. We are retaining too much estrogen and it is this excess estrogen that is responsible for not just a heavier period but also those nasty PMS Symptoms many of us experience. Feel like you could belt someone over the head with a baseball bat is not a normal thing!
This imbalance could also lead to other symptoms, such as migraines, breast cysts and infertility problems.
2. Period Pain Could Indicate a Lack of Omega 3 in the Body
Period Pain and inflammation in our abdominal area over that time is actually triggered by hormones called prostaglandin II’s. These guys stimulate inflammation, clotting and that familiar pain feeling.
Many of us have diets which contain high levels of fats and the ratio between the Omega 6 to Omega 3 is thrown out. To counteract the negative effects of Prostaglandin II’s, we need more Omega 3. A great source of these Omega 3’s is in Krill Oil or Chia Seeds.
3. We Could Be Making the Period Pain Worse
We want to make things easier for ourselves and so we use tampons. Tampons limit the natural flow of getting stuff out! We want to let things come out as easily and as smoothly as possible. Tampons block this natural flow and retain the blood, that is meant to come out of the body, inside.
This triggers or bodies to send more pulsating messages to the abdomen, making period pain far more intense than it needs to be. Tampons are also made of cotton, which are the most pesticide ridden plants. We are then placing them in one of the most absorbent areas of our bodies. Scary thought!
4. Painkillers Are Just So Easy
There was a study done on women with period pain in Japan and they found that prior to having access to painkillers for headaches etc, they never experienced period pain. Once they began taking pain-killers, they developed period pain.
This relates closely to the liver and it’s ability to release toxins. The more toxins we have in our bodies, the less likely our liver is able to process them all. The liver is also responsible for releasing excess estrogens.
So, with excess toxins, in the form of painkillers, the liver became more stagnant and wasn’t able to release the excess estrogens as easily. It becomes a vicious circle then, we have period pain, so we take more pain-killers, the liver becomes more stagnant and we have more intense symptoms.
5. Period Pain Could Actually Be a Sign of Something More Serious
Period Pain has become so “normal” that we just expect it. I know I thought my period pain was normal for years. I just thought my level of pain was a little more intense than everyone else. It was only when my period pain, restricted me from going to work, leaving me in bed for 2 days, that I started to realize that this wasn’t quite “normal”. I ignored it for years and eventually the pain became so intense that I had to figure out what was going on.
After an operation, they discovered I had Endometriosis. This condition affects 1 in 7 women and many women don’t even know they have it – they just put it down to bad period pain.
Endometriosis can dramatically affect your fertility. It is a condition that occurs when cells, which are meant to stay within the uterus, escape and form on the outside walls of other organs. These cells grow with our hormones and can cause organs to stick together. These cells also form in our fallopian tubes and ovaries, which is why they affect our fertility.
Don’t worry! If you do have Endometriosis, the solution is the same as with Acne or anything else – eat right, take care of yourself and do heaps of detoxing. I am here to help you through it, if you do.
It is important to recognize that Period Pain is a message from our bodies that we need to change some stuff in our diet and our lifestyle. If you are experiencing period pain each and every month and some months it is more intense than others, it might be worth exploring things further.
Bio: Melissa is often known as The Endo Angel to many women who suffer from Endometriosis. She has written over 500 articles on the subject and also runs an online support group for women with Endometriosis. If you want to find out more about this condition and how you can treat it naturally, please visit her blog at www.cureendometriosis.com