Dysmenorrhea is the medical term for menstrual pain . It is intense and often disabling pelvic pain, which can occur at the beginning of the menstrual flow ( primary dysmenorrhea ) or over the next two or three days ( secondary dysmenorrhea ).
Each woman experiences pain at different stages of the cycle and with different intensity. In the case of primary dysmenorrhea these symptoms often last from 24 to 48 hours and are accompanied by:
- Increased or decreased appetite
- breast pain
- constipation or diarrhea
- weight gain
- back pain, in correspondence of the kidneys
These pains can be caused and / or accentuated by various physical, emotional and mental factors but there are various remedies to alleviate them, such as nutrition and herbal medicines.
It has in fact been shown that a diet based on reduced quantities of refined sugars and rich in fruit and vegetables , fish and oil seeds (which provide a good quantity of Vitamin B and Omega 3 , essential molecules for an effective anti- inflammatory action) can relieve pain related to this disorder.
It is also good to limit nerve drinks, such as tea, coffee, and alcohol.
Even the intake of Magnesium can prove to be the winning strategy, since it has an antispastic and relaxing action on the uterine muscles , thus helping to reduce cramps and abdominal tension .
Products based on plant extracts with relaxing properties, such as Lavender , Hops , Chamomile , Linden and Valerian, can also be useful.