When a woman who is experiencing pain to the extent of having a heart attack is said to be exaggerating as being oversensitive based on sexist stereotypes, no wonder why medical research, in the domain of dysmenorrhea, took so long - Nupur Agrawal
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Dysmenorrhea Is Not The Same As Period Cramps, Here’s Why
Attiring herself in a perfectly ironed shirt, combing her hair into a clean bun, putting on a pair of neatly polished leather moccasins and finally wearing a smile which was reflecting her aplomb, she was ready to go to work. Just as she was about to leave, there was a knock, not at her door but in her body and immediately she knew that it was again the time for the crimson waves to arrive. Was it because she stepped out with the wrong foot or because a little kitten crossed her way yesterday, or because she sneezed as soon as she got up in the morning?
An infinite number of illogical myths associated, devoid of any rationale, with this biological process, start crossing her mind.…
Breaking the stigma of painful periods: 'They should not be debilitating'
"When it comes to period pain, a lot of people just don't know what they don't know," Dr. Nita Landry, a Los Angeles-based OBGYN, said. "Which makes sense, because the only period that you've ever had is your period."
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Diagnosis and Management of Primary Dysmenorrhea
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I Am Done Apologising For Suffering From Dysmenorrhea
I find myself crying and getting intolerably enraged sometimes, and then I calculate when my period is due and it all makes sense. But this maturity has come with experience and it is not perfect.
I have painful periods, could it be endometriosis?
Period pain (also called dysmenorrhoea) can be divided into two main types – primary or secondary dysmenorrhoea – depending on whether there’s an underlying problem. Primary dysmenorrhoea occurs in women with normal pelvic anatomy. It’s due, at least in part, to changes in hormone-like compounds called prostaglandins. Too much of a prostaglandin called PGF2a causes the uterus to contract. Secondary dysmenorrhoea is period pain that is caused by underlying pelvic problem and the most common cause is endometriosis. Endometriosis occurs when tissue similar to the lining of the uterus (the endometrium) is found outside the uterus
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Japan has offered menstrual leave policies since 1947, when a law was passed allowing any woman with painful periods, or whose job might exacerbate period pain, to take time off.
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What women say about their dysmenorrhea: a qualitative thematic analysis
Dysmenorrhea negatively affects women’s quality of life and is the leading cause of absence from school and work among women in the reproductive age.
Dysmenorrhea Is Not The Same As Period Cramps, Here’s Why
When a woman who is experiencing pain to the extent of having a heart attack is said to be exaggerating as being oversensitive based on sexist stereotypes, no wonder why medical research, in the domain of dysmenorrhea, took so long.
#WhySufferSilently is a campaign against dysmenorrhea; the medical term for painful periods.
Medications are usually the first step when treating painful periods. Certain pain relievers target prostaglandins. These medications, called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), reduce the prostaglandins made by the body and lessen their effects. This in turn makes menstrual cramps less severe. Most NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, can be bought over the counter.
Primary dysmenorrhea: Prostaglandin F (PGF) is the main contributor to the cause of dysmenorrhea. The time of the endometrial shedding during the beginning of menstruation is when the endometrial cells release PGF. Prostaglandin (PG) causes uterine contractions, and the intensity of the cramps is proportionate to the amount of PGs released after the sloughing process that started due to dropping hormonal surge.
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