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Most women experience pain during their periods and have to brave it. We end up using home remedies such as hot water bottles and ginger tea which soothe the pain and make us feel better. However, there are definitely cases where the pain accompanying periods is too severe and not normal.
Yes, there’s no doubt that cramps and pain are a part of periods but the sort of pain that makes it difficult to get out of bed needs to be looked into. It might be a sign of an underlying medical condition.
To understand this further, we reached out to Dr Uma Vaidyanathan, senior consultant, obstetrics and gynaecology, Fortis Hospital, New Delhi. According to her, if menstrual pain is causing these 4 things, you need to reach out for medical help:
Dr Vaidyanathan says, “Does the menstrual pain cause you to skip office or affect your daily routine? If the answer to this question is yes then you need to see a doctor.” So, if you are experiencing pain that interferes with your life, it is definitely something you need to seek help for.
Taking over-the-counter medicines is common for period cramps. They can easily help you get through the day. But, if these medicines have no effect on your cramps, causing you to take a heavy dose, then that is a cause of concern. “If the medication is not working, you must visit the doctor,” says Dr Vaidyanathan.
Pain around the pelvic region during your period is common. But, experiencing discomfort at other times during your cycle is not normal. Dr Vaidyanathan says, “Continuous abdominal pain or pain while having sexual intercourse is not normal. So, seek medical help as soon as you notice such a thing.”
Any change in the pattern of pain which has caused an increase in the discomfort during periods is definitely something you need to look out for.
“The extreme pain can also be because of endometriosis which a condition in which the cells in the uterine lining are found elsewhere in the body. Such a situation need to be diagnosed at the earliest,” says Dr Vaidyanathan.
There’s not a doubt that menstrual pain isn’t what we look forward to but if it is interfering with your life, it is time to look at medical consultation.