In this article, we talk to you about birth control pills!
Why do you have stomach pain during your period?
Dysmenorrhea or period pains are pains that accompany menstruation. These pelvic pains, located in the lower abdomen or lower back, are linked to the contractions of the uterus. They vary in intensity depending on the person, women who suffer from dysmenorrhea have a uterus that contracts more intensely. This could be due to an overproduction of prostaglandins, which will act on other muscles, which would explain some of the symptoms of dysmenorrhea such as nausea, vomiting, headaches or discomfort. Severe dysmenorrhea affects 1 in 4 people.
How does the pill reduce period pain?
Women on the estrogen-progestin pill have less period pain.
Indeed, the estrogen-progestin pill prevents ovulation, which reduces the secretion of prostaglandins that will affect menstruation and particularly the flow of menstruation, which will relieve the pain. The pill has an analgesic effect.
Another important point: when taking the pill, it is possible to take two packets in a row if you do not wish to have your period (for example, for an important event). There is no danger to your health. However, if you take several packets in a row, you may find that you have a few spottings while you are taking the pill. In this case, it is advised to make sure that the 7 days of stop of menstruation are well done, so that the cycle "gets up to date".
This advice is of course only valid for the estrogen-progestin pill, not for the progestin-only pill, which is taken continuously.
Other advantages of the pill?
Beyond the reduction of menstrual pain, the pill will allow women with irregular periods to regulate their cycles. Indeed, when we take the contraceptive pill, our cycles are actually artificial and are therefore more regular. Moreover, the pill can reduce acne and premenstrual syndromes. It is a simple method of contraception and if taken correctly, it is 99% effective. However, the pill does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases and infections.
In any case, it is up to each person to choose the method of contraception that best suits them! Each one has its advantages and disadvantages.
How to relieve menstrual pain differently?
There are several techniques to relieve dysmenorrhea.
The best known is that of the hot water bottle. Indeed, the action of the heat will dilate the blood vessels, increase the oxygen supply to ultimately relax the muscles of the uterus and reduce menstrual pain.
Medicated methods can also be used, such as paracetamol, or spasmolytics against contractions. Anti-inflammatory drugs can also help ease the pain.
Some plants can help relieve menstrual pain, such as raspberry leaves, sage, yarrow, or cbd oil.