Understanding Menstrual Pain: Causes and Management Strategies

Understanding Menstrual Pain: Causes and Management Strategies

Often times the first one or two days of our periods can be the most painful. Ever wonder why that is? 

During your menstrual phase your uterus contracts to shed the lining that has build up over the last month in preparation for pregnancy. Hormones involved in pain and inflammation trigger the uterus to have muscle contractions. When the uterus contracts it looses blood and oxygen supply which causes the pain sensation we associate with period cramps.

To cause the contractions the body releases the hormone prostaglandins. Painful cramps have been linked to high levels of prostaglandins. This type of pain usually occurs on the first two days of your period. Cramping doesn't usually last for your whole period and subsides towards the end of of your menstrual phase. 

Hormonal changes that occur at the beginning of your menstrual cycle, particularly the drop in estrogen and progesterone levels, can contribute to increased sensitivity and pain perception during this time.

Relief for painful periods can include heat on your lower abdomen, exercise, water, vitamins & minerals as well as with natural pain relief options like eucalyptus oil and menthol (both in our Comfort Oil 👀). If you suffer from painful periods our Comfort Oil is a natural solution to support pain commonly felt in the first few days of our menstrual cycle.

Menstruation triggers the release of inflammatory substances in the pelvic region, which can cause localized inflammation. Inflammation can lead to pain and discomfort, and it tends to be more pronounced during the initial days of your period.

Each person's experience with menstruation is unique, and the intensity and duration of period pain can vary. Some individuals may be more sensitive to pain, have higher levels of prostaglandins, or experience more pronounced hormonal fluctuations, leading to increased pain during the first two days.

If the pain you experience during the first two days of your period is severe and significantly affects your daily activities or quality of life, it's recommended to consult with a healthcare professional.

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