Should I try to tolerate pain during menstruation without taking medication?

When I am on my period, I get menstrual cramps, which are very painful in the lower part of my stomach.
It may be because I'm having my period, but the pain in my stomach is quite painful.
Is there any way to make it a little easier?


Nancy Stewart

13 Feb, 2022

2 Answers

Dr. Nahoko Ishizaki

United States

Pain during menstruation is called menstrual cramps, but it should not be endured.

In the past, there used to be a lot of misinformation about the side effects and future negative effects of taking painkillers, but now most obstetricians and gynecologists are unanimous in their belief that it is wrong to endure the pain without taking medication.

Painkillers are the most common drugs used for treatment, but for severe menstrual cramps, not only painkillers but also the low-dose pill, an oral contraceptive, is most effective.

The pill is not only the most reliable method of birth control, but it also has many side effects. One of the most common side effects is that it is very effective for menstrual cramps. Nowadays, the government has also approved a medically insured drug called LEP formulation with the same ingredients as the pill.

When you start taking the pill or LEP, you will not only feel "a little bit better," but your life will become surprisingly easier.

When you are on the pill or LEP, you will know for sure when your menstruation will start, and you can change the day at will.

Furthermore, it is possible to reduce the number of menstrual periods that come once a month.

Don't you think that the quality of life of women would be greatly improved if this were possible?

The pill or LEP preparation can be taken by adolescent women once they have experienced three menstrual cycles.

A very small percentage of women may not be allowed to take the pill, but you can visit your gynecologist and ask for advice.

There are several countries where the pill is free for teenage women who want it. It is not a drug with many side effects.

I hope that you will listen carefully to your doctor about the precautions you should take when taking the pill, and choose the pill with peace of mind.

In addition, a gynecological examination (internal examination) is not necessary when getting a prescription for the pill or LEP. All you need is a medical interview, blood pressure, and weight measurement to get a prescription.

You can continue to take the pill until you want to get pregnant.

The pill is not only the most reliable contraceptive method, but it is also a drug that makes it easier to get pregnant if you stop taking it.

Irina Lin

Health Professional and Advocate @ Sexual Educator

You don't have to put up with menstrual cramps!

Warming the abdomen and lower back moderate exercise and stretching, and Chinese herbal remedies may help relieve the pain, but if you feel pain, don't put up with it, and first, try using analgesics (painkillers) that can be used for menstrual cramps. 

You can get them at pharmacies or medical institutions.

The key to painkillers is when to take them.

If you take them after the pain becomes severe, they won't do much for that pain.

Take them before the pain starts or as soon as the pain starts.

If you take it only when the pain is unavoidable, it will not be effective.

Many people experience menstrual cramps several years after their first menstrual period when their menstruation stabilizes with ovulation.

In other words, it is common for menstrual cramps to become more severe in middle and high school age.

Menstrual pain is medically referred to as "dysmenorrhea.

There are two types of dysmenorrhea: organic dysmenorrhea, which is caused by uterine fibroids or endometriosis, and functional dysmenorrhea, which has no such cause but is painful.

In the case of organic dysmenorrhea, treatment and follow-up observation are necessary for each disease.

Most dysmenorrhea in adolescents is functional dysmenorrhea, but it is also said that those with severe pain may develop endometriosis.

If you have painful menstrual cramps, use painkillers or see a gynecologist for advice.

The low-dose pill is not only effective in contraception, but also in reducing menstrual flow, lightening menstrual pain, and preventing endometriosis.

The average age of a woman today is about 20 years from her first menstruation to her first childbirth.

Because we have been dealing with menstruation for longer than people in the past, it is okay to actively control menstrual pain and other unpleasant symptoms associated with menstruation instead of enduring them.

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