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WOMEN TALK: MANAGING MENSTRUAL PAIN

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WOMEN TALK: MANAGING MENSTRUAL PAIN

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Menstrual pain usually starts occurs right before menstruation bleeding starts.1,2

Mild menstrual cramps can be simply managed by over-the-counter pain killers.1,2

To get the best results, try these 3 steps:

·        Try taking pain killers as soon as your menstrual-bleeding starts, don’t wait until it is too painful. You shouldn’t not use NSAIDs* beyond 1 or 2 days and avoid them if you have bleeding disorders, asthma, stomach disorders, or ulcers. 1,2

·        Using a hot pad or messaging on your belly or back pain or taking a hot bath can help alleviate the symptoms. 1,2

·        Some life style changes can also help, so try to relax and get enough sleep. Salty food might increase your symptoms so try to avoid them. Also, drinks rich in caffeine should be minimized. 1,2

Consult your doctor if your pain was severe and lasted for more than 2 to 3 days.1,2

*Non-Steroid Anti-inflammatory

References:                                       

1.       Dysmenorrhea: Painful Periods. ACOG. 2019. Available at: https://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Dysmenorrhea-Painful-Periods?IsMobileSet=false Last accessed: 30/6/2019

2.       Menstrual Cramps (Dysmenorrhea): Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, Prevention. WebMed. 2019. Available at: https://www.webmd.com/women/menstrual-cramps?print=true Last accessed: 30/6/2019