Trial Version of Menstrual Health Made Easy
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Audio transcript:

Do we have symptoms of menstruation?

We tend not to refer to the signals and side effects of our cycle as symptoms, but I’m going to drop that in now as it will come in handy in a future episode.

Let’s say there are challenges associated with the menstrual cycle as a whole, and these can pop up at anytime. But the most ‘famous’ one is menstrual cramps.

What is period pain?

Period pain happens when the muscular wall of the womb tightens (contracts). Mild contractions continually occur in your womb, but they’re usually so mild that most women cannot feel them.

During your period, the wall of the womb starts to contract more vigorously to help the womb lining shed as part of your period.

When the wall of the womb contracts, it compresses the blood vessels lining your womb. This temporarily cuts off the blood supply – and oxygen supply – to your womb. Without oxygen, the tissues in your womb release chemicals that trigger pain.

While your body is releasing these pain-triggering chemicals, it’s also producing other chemicals called prostaglandins. These encourage the womb muscles to contract more, further increasing the level of pain.

Making sure to mobilise the pelvis between periods will help circulation to that area and potentially reduce future pain. You scrunch over and tense yourself and unless you release that tension in your whole body over the next 21 day you are at a starting point of scrunchiness before you even start the next set of cramps . Think of it as a warm down after a gym session to stop the muscles from getting sore and remember to look beyond the bleed for the solutions.

50- 80% of menstruators experience extreme menstrual related pain at some point during their reproductive lives.

Pain goes with the territory but it doesn’t mean we have to ‘put up with’, ‘crack on’ or ‘deal with it’.

If any part of the cycle leaves you hurting you to the point it is affecting your quality of life that is not is not helpful, and you must seek advice from a healthcare professional, having your up to date hormone health data will you will be a huge asset when you do.

Period pain can be caused by an underlying medical condition.

 There are other pains such as breast tenderness and even ovulation pain.

Challenges associated with 2nd half of the cycle are Migraine, headaches, tiredness, emotional changes, bloating, PMS and PMDD (check the resource links in the class notes)

What can you do to reduce this pain? Anti-inflammatory meds are the primary recommendation Movement, supporting the body with the right kind of nutrition and keeping stress levels low.

Hormonal contraception is also often prescribed for periods that are affecting the quality of life.

The different pills work in different ways and I’ve add a link to a great resource which goes into much more detail. Each contains different synthetic sex hormones and each one having a different effect on your hormones.

Please remember to count the months as part of your hormone blueprint just because periods may not occur it doesn’t mean you have elongated the hormone highway timeline. Your ovaries still only have a typical 40 year window of operation with or with hormonal birth control, and with or without pregnancy.

Above all else remember – Life is too short to stuff a mushroom and way too short to suffer in silence

https://www.jennis.com/blog/cyclemapping/what-does-oral-contraception-do-to-your-hormones

https://www.larabriden.com/category/birth-control/

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