Menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea) are the throbbing or cramping pains in the lower abdomen/pelvic area. Many women experience menstrual cramps just before and during their menstrual periods. The severity of the cramps can range from mild to debilitating, not being able to move, having to stay in bed until they resolve.
Symptoms include –
– Throbbing or cramping pain in lower abdomen/pelvic area
– Dull, constant ache
– Pain that radiates to your lower back and thighs
– Loose stools
Possible causes –
– Uterine fibroids
– Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
– Cervical stenosis
– Nutrient deficiencies as magnesium, calcium or potassium
– Pro-inflammatory diet
– Hormone imbalance
How we treat menstrual cramps naturally:
Menstrual cramps may be simply a symptom of imbalance, whether nutritionally, hormonally or a combination. We will begin by taking a thorough history, assess lifestyle habits that include diet, exercise sleep, detoxification of the body, medications/supplements, mental/emotional state and lab work to determine what may be contributing to the development of menstrual cramps.
Based on the results, we will make necessary adjustments where appropriate for healing and restoration of proper body function. Simply taking Midol or Advil will not resolve the imbalance resulting in the menstrual cramps. For this reason, we will also address the function of other glands and holistically balance all, utilizing herbs, dietary changes, supplements, acupuncture or other methods for optimal function.
Each treatment plan will be tailored to the individual. Our goal is to improve your overall quality of life, not simply treat the symptoms.