The teenage years can be tough. Not only are we dealing with busy hormones, school, friendship issues, family and the complicated expectations of growing up, but we're also faced with some huge changes to our body. Once puberty sets in, females are also faced with the on-slaughter and the beginning of our menstrual cycle. We start our journey from girl to woman.
Most females get their period, on average, around the ages of 11-14 (this can really vary from woman to woman though). Periods are caused and controlled by several different glands and hormones.
The average period lasts between 3 and 7 days and occurs approximately every 28-35 days (another varying factor in each individual woman).
For some, their menstrual cycle is a simple and consistent occurrence - for others this is far from the case.
Cramping and severe pain, along with heavy flows is a common issue many women face with their menstrual cycles. Menstrual cramping is caused when your uterus contracts to allow blood to leave your uterus. The lining of your uterus also releases chemicals which intensify the level of contraction.
If this pain is bearable and short-lived, you have possibly already found a solution to manage this discomfort. However, if period pain is a big issue for you and having affect on different factors of your life, you need to seek some advice and treatment with your Doctor, such as Dr Chong.
For some women, their painful periods are effecting their;
* Overall feeling, health and wellbeing
* Sex life
* Social life
* Active life, and/or
* Emotional/Psychological status
A Doctor can check if your period pains are linked to any other conditions or disorders within your pelvic and/or vaginal areas, digestive system and urinary tract or bowel. They can discuss with you options to prevent and/or relieve this torturous monthly pain.
Some prevention/relief options revolve around:
* Diet and Nutrition
* Lifestyle choices and changes - for example; exercise, acupuncture, meditation.
* Psychological support
* Medications to assist, support and treat ovulation and menstruation regularity
If horrible period pains are a part of your life, take some action to get some reliable relief. Look at natural remedies, such as a healthy balanced diet and regular exercise. Once you've exhausted these options or you're finding that your period pains are ruining or negatively effecting parts of your life, chat with a Doctor.