Period pain is common part of the menstrual cycle which women experience at some point in their lives. It’s usually felt as troublesome muscle cramps in the lower abdomen / pelvis, which can spread to the back and thighs. The pain sometimes comes in intense spasms, while at other times it may be dull but more constant. Sometimes pelvic pain may occur between periods.
What causes period pain?
Period pain occurs when the muscular wall of the uterus (womb) contracts. Mild contractions continually pass through the uterus, but they’re usually so small that most women can’t feel them. During your period, the wall of the uterus starts to contract more vigorously to encourage the lining to shed away and pass out through the vagina.
With each contraction of the muscular uterine wall, the blood vessels within it are squashed and compressed. This temporarily cuts off the blood supply – and hence oxygen supply – to the uterus. Without oxygen, the uterine tissues release chemicals that trigger pain.
While these pain-triggering chemicals are being released, other chemicals called prostaglandins are also being produced. Prostaglandins stimulate the uterus to contract more, further increasing the level of pain.
It’s not currently known why some women experience more period pain than others. It may be that some women have a build-up of prostaglandins, which means they experience stronger contractions.
At Intimate You, as part of our mission to improve the wellbeing and feminine health of women, we are working with the BTL Emsella device and period pain. All women presenting for assessment have the opportunity to fully discuss their symptoms and general health with one of our doctors and undergo pelvic examination to accurately determine whether the treatment is form them prior to starting.