Menstrual problems are common. It has been estimated that as many as 50 percent of all women have them at some time in their lives. Among the common problems are painful menstruation, excessive bleeding, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and amenorrhea (cessation of periods). Lord knows I have had my share; thanks to giving birth I no longer endure the pains. Yes, after having a child, many women will see a positive change in their menstrual behavior. Not all women, but most have. I am happy to be one of them.
Menstrual problems can be dealt with in a variety of ways.
First of all, do not let anyone try to convince you that your discomfort does not exist. (Menstrual problems were once thought to be primarily psychological, and women were often given tranquilizers or told to go home and relax.) You are the best judge of how you feel.
1. You may able to cope with your problem by yourself, if it is mild.
Keep a chart of your menstrual cycle, and plan a light schedule of activities for days that you are likely to have discomfort.
For minor pain, take aspirin, use a heating pad, or try mild exercise.
If you tend to feel bloated around the time of menstruation, eat less salt during your period and for a week before.
If you have headaches or feel irritable, try eating frequent small meals, which will help keep your blood sugar at a stable level.
2. See your doctor if you have any of the following signs:
An unusually heavy menstrual flow, or a heavy flow that lasts more than four or five days.
Severe cramps or pain that lasts more than three days each month.
Sudden irregularity of periods that cannot be explained by sickness, travel, weight gain or loss.
Bleeding in the middle of your cycle or at any time of your cycle other than your period.
Severe cramps at times other than when your period is due.
The Psychological Effects of The Menstrual Cycle
The facts about the psychological effects of menstruation are still being established; however, researchers have identified a condition known as premenstrual syndrome (PMS) which some women experience, that causes a lot of distress. PMS can involve one or more physiological symptoms – breast and abdominal swelling, food cravings, headaches, and acne breakout, as well as irritability, lethargy, and depression.
Some women find that their emotions are not affected by their menstrual cycle while other women experience mood changes at some point in their menstrual cycle, typically just before their menstrual flow begins. This is not at all surprising, since the menstrual flow is brought on by the ebb and flow of hormones in the body, and hormones act on the whole body – including the brain.
What You Can Do About It:
Purchase a bottle of Evening Primrose at your local pharmacy, and take them every month, about a week before your period starts. I am yet to do my research on this Evening Primrose to ascertain what properties or components of it causes this ease, but it works for me and a few people I have told about it. It creates normalcy instead of the depressed, happy-sad-irritable-drained moods that I experience.
It is unfathomable to me, as to why some women suffer terribly with their menstruation while others experience no problem at all, but like many things in life we will never fully understand, and must do our best to alleviate our stressors and enjoy a long, fulfilling lifespan.