What do doctors prescribe for severe menstrual cramps?

Menstruation (commonly known as monthly period)  is a major milestone in a girl’s puberty and is one of several physical signs that a girl is becoming a woman. It is therefore important to note that periods are normal, period pain is not.

Treatment of painful periods depends on the severity and underlying cause of your pain. We recommend you to understand the severity of your period pain by seeing this period pain poster.

As the first line of treatment, doctors may prescribe NSAIDs (Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) such as MEFTAL-SPAS® which decrease the levels of prostaglandins. If the first line of treatment is not successful, then the doctor may prescribe hormonal treatment which regulates the menstrual flow.

If your doctor thinks an underlying disorder is a reason for your severe period pain, she may prescribe imaging tests that may include ultrasound tests, CT scans and MRI scans. The next line of treatment for painful periods would then depend on the results of these tests.

As a general rule, doctors always advise the following DOs and DON’Ts to get relief from menstrual cramps:

DON’Ts during menstrual cramps:

  • Don’t consume tobacco or tobacco products
  • Avoid alcohol and alcoholic products
  • Avoid caffeine – containing products such as tea and coffee
  • Don’t resort to self treatment

DOs during menstrual cramps:

  • Rest when needed
  • Massage your lower back and abdomen
  • Include exercise in your daily routine
  • Seek medication and consult a doctor

If you suffer from severe menstrual cramp, it is recommended that you see your gynaecologist immediately. Use these 3 Period Pain Posters from #WhySufferSilently as a conversation starter with your gynaecologist.

Spread period pain awareness:

Dysmenorrhea or painful menstrual cramps are known to severely affect the health and lifestyle of upto 70% of adolescent girls and young women. Dysmenorrhea is thus the most under-reported and under-treated gynaecological problem of India. Hence it is a good idea to spread period pain awareness with your network on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Youtube.

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Disclaimer: The contents of this blog have been simplified to enable an elementary understanding of dysmenorrhea (painful periods). This blog does not constitute medical advice.