Does the pill make menstruation less painful?

A-t-on moins mal pendant ses règles avec la pilule ?

In this article, we talk about the contraceptive pill!

Why does my stomach hurt during my period?

Dysmenorrhea, or period pain, is the pain that accompanies menstruation. These pelvic pains, located in the lower abdomen or lower back, are linked to uterine contractions. They vary in intensity from person to person, with women suffering from dysmenorrhoea having a uterus that contracts more intensely. This could be due to an overproduction of prostaglandins, which act on other muscles, explaining certain dysmenorrhea symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, headaches and malaise. Severe dysmenorrhea affects 1 in 4 people.

How does the pill reduce menstrual pain?

Women on the estrogen-progestin pill experience less period pain.

This is because the estrogen-progestin pill prevents ovulation, which reduces the secretion of prostaglandins that affect menstruation and, in particular, the flow of menstrual blood, thus relieving pain. The pill has an analgesic effect.

Another important point: when taking the pill, it's possible to take two packets at a time if you don't want to have your period (e.g. for an important event). There is no danger to your health. However, if you take several packets in succession, you may find that you experience a few spottings while you're on the pill. In this case, it's advisable to take the 7 days off your period, so that your cycle can "get back on track".

Of course, this advice applies only to the estrogen-progestin pill, not to the progestin-only pill, which is taken continuously.

Other benefits of the pill?

As well as reducing menstrual pain, for women with irregular periods, the pill helps regulate their cycles. In fact, when we take the contraceptive pill, our cycles are actually artificial and therefore more regular. What's more, the pill can reduce acne and premenstrual syndromes. It's a simple method of contraception and, if taken correctly, is 99% effective. However, the pill does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases and infections.

In any case, it's up to each individual to choose the contraceptive method that suits them best! Each has its own advantages and disadvantages.

How else can I relieve period pains?

There are several techniques for relieving dysmenorrhea.

The best-known is the hot-water bottle. The action of heat dilates blood vessels, increases oxygen supply and ultimately relaxes uterine muscles, reducing menstrual pain.

Medication can also be used, such as paracetamol or spasmolytics to counter contractions. Anti-inflammatory drugs can also ease pain.

Certain plants can help relieve menstrual pain, such as raspberry leaves, sage, yarrow or cbd oil.

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