For many women, menstruation is associated with ailments such as cramps and abdominal pain. A recent representative survey by Groupe Mutuel shows that women surveyed gave an average score of 5.16 on a scale of 1 (not at all painful) to 10 (very painful). The severity of pain was significantly higher in those under 35: one in four participants gave a value of 8 or more. “This shows that menstrual pain is an important issue. These complaints have been swept under the rug for too long,” says Prof. Dr. Michael Mueller, Chief Physician of Gynecology and Gynecological Oncology at the University’s Gynecology Clinic in Bern.
Endometriosis is a common cause of abdominal pain
Abdominal pain does not have to be accepted as destiny. “If the pain is very severe, the probability of endometriosis is quite high,” said Prof. Dr. Mueller more. Endometriosis is the abnormal growth of the uterine lining outside of the uterine cavity in the pelvic region. “Other symptoms include chronic lower abdominal pain, pain when urinating or defecating, back pain, and pain during intercourse.” It is estimated that one in ten women in Switzerland is affected by endometriosis. “Women who value 8 and above should definitely talk to their gynecologist about this.”
Primary dysmenorrhea can also be a cause of severe pain during menstruation. This is pain associated with menstruation that cannot be adequately explained by an organic cause. “Due to the hormonal imbalance, the uterus continues to contract, and that can be very painful.” Young women are particularly affected.
more than half take painkillers
More than two women state that they use medication at least occasionally. Younger women get them more often. “It’s very important for me that you treat menstrual pain and do something about it,” says Prof. Dr. Muller. It is the only way to counter chronic pain. “These can get worse over time. It’s important to do something about it early on.”
Especially young women are prescribed pills for menstrual cramps. “This helps to balance the hormonal imbalance in some way.” This, in turn, can have a positive effect on pain. “In 2023, no woman should have to endure severe pain.”
Pisces, yoga and acupuncture
A balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables and few finished products and meats is generally recommended. Professor Doctor. Michael Mueller recommends eating fish during menstruation. “The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish can slow the production of pain hormones.”
In general, women report that they are only moderately restricted in their daily activities during their menstruation. About 20 percent still feel severely impaired. 60 percent of women avoid certain activities, especially younger women. One out of every two women avoids swimming and sexual intercourse during menstruation, and one third does not do sports. “Exercise helps relieve pain,” says the chief gynecologist. “Anyone who doesn’t exercise should start exercising outside of just menstrual periods and then increase it consistently.” In addition to exercise, behavioral therapy, yoga, massage, acupuncture, and physiotherapy may also help. And quitting nicotine is an important factor. “Smokers are more likely to experience menstrual cramps.”
Although half of humanity has had periods for nearly four decades, menstruation has long been a taboo subject. Fortunately that has changed. 86% of women surveyed are not afraid to talk about their periods. prof. Dr. Michael Mueller is a very positive development. “Menstruation is a natural thing and should be treated as such.”
stay off the internet
Groupe Mutuel’s new research highlights the importance of women talking about their illness. They don’t accept pain just because you can do something about it. “But what works and what doesn’t for each woman is very individual.” Sometimes it takes a few tries to find what works best for you. Gynecologists can provide advice and assistance.
Four out of five people refer to their gynecologist. “This is the only right place to cover everything,” confirms Prof. Dr. Michael Muller. The second source of information is the Internet. “I see a big problem there. There is a lot of misinformation on the Internet that can scare women for no reason.”
Source : Blick
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