Are probiotics a solution to fight against menstrual pain?
To date, there is no scientific study that proves the interest of a strain or combination of probiotic strains directly on menstrual pain. We have to be careful about marketing and what some laboratories may say.
However, there are many solutions available in pharmacies that can be recommended for painful periods, solutions that are more natural than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Whether or not you have contraception, we can advise you to take
- Evening primrose oil, which is rich in GLA, a molecule that will help regulate inflammation and also regulate hormones, i.e. reduce the hyperestrogenic climate. Evening primrose oil can be recommended at a rate of 500 to 1,500 milligrams per day from the 15th to the 25th day of the cycle.
- Menstrual pain can often be a source of anxiety and stress, which can lead to a loss of magnesium. It is important to know that magnesium really helps to regulate pain. So it can be very interesting to advise some before the beginning of the period to prevent the appearance of pain.
- There is also a very interesting molecule that can be recommended, with or without hormonal treatment, called pycnogenol. It is an extract of maritime pine bark that can be taken about 7 days before the beginning of the period, at a rate of 30 milligrams per day. It will really have an anti-inflammatory action. It will limit the need for painkillers and reduce the painful period.
- If you do not have hormonal contraception If you do not have hormonal contraception, the pharmacy will be able to advise you on plants such as alchemilla and chaste tree, which will have an action to increase progesterone and regulate the estrogen rate.
- Since our hormones are metabolized, i.e. eliminated by our liver, it will be necessary to support the enzymatic action of the liver, which may require from time to time a small detoxification treatment. I invite you to go to your pharmacy to ask for advice.
- And above all, avoid any vitamin D deficiency. It has been scientifically studied that there may be a relationship between a vitamin D deficiency and the onset of premenstrual syndrome, which can include dysmenorrhea.
Where does period pain come from?
Menstrual painalso known as dysmenorrhea, is pain related to abdominal-pelvic contractions that occur with each cycle and can vary in intensity from one woman to another. Some women will just feel a heaviness while others will have very acute, even disabling pain. In general, they appear one or two days before the period and cease fairly quickly once the period begins.
More precisely, menstrual pain is linked to a contraction of the uterine muscle which causes vasoconstriction (the blood vessels tighten) and therefore a reduction in the passage of oxygen to the muscles, resulting in pain that is called ischemic pain.
These contractions are due to the secretion of inflammatory molecules, called prostaglandin, by the cells in the endometrium, which will be eliminated at the time of the period. It is important to know that dysmenorrhea often occurs in a hyperestrogenic climate, i.e. when there is too much estrogen, because estrogen will increase the secretion of these inflammatory molecules.
When to consult if you suffer from dysmenorrhea?
It is necessary to consult when the pain becomes disabling and causes absenteeism. But also when they are accompanied by other symptoms such as discharge or fever, or if non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or paracetamol, which can be recommended in the first instance, are not enough to relieve the pain. If the pain appears in adulthood, it will also be necessary to consult because it can be called "secondary dysmenorrhea".
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