It’s Friday and well you know what that means… It’s time to talk period. Now I’m not an expert but in my many years and experience with a menstrual related disease I have learned a few things.
What exactly is this thing we call a period before we go any further? I know some of you think, cravings, cramps, mood swings, bloating and lots of pads, which is all true but scientifically the period (menstruation) is a woman’s monthly bleeding. When you menstruate, your body sheds the lining of the uterus (womb). Menstrual blood flows from the uterus through the small opening in the cervix and passes out of the body through the vagina. And why does it hurt so much? I know when I am on it’s like knives are cutting through me, I get weird contraction-like pains and it feels like my vagina is about to literally explode!! I know a lot of us are shy or ashamed to really explain the pain we go through when we are menstruating but it is so real and can sometimes disrupt your life. Back to the question, why does it hurt so much? Well, during each menstrual period, if there is no sperm to fertilize the egg, the uterus contracts to get rid of its lining. This process is driven by the release of hormone-like substances called prostaglandins, which is associated with pain and inflammation in higher levels. These uterine contractions cause most of the pain felt during menstrual cramps because the contractions inhibit blood flow to the lining of the uterus (the endometrium).
Now I think a lot of us can attest to having some pain with the cramps but what is really normal pain and what is pain that should alarm a woman? I learned the hard way because many people and physicians told me painful periods were normal and sometimes they are but if you have period pain that doesn’t respond to painkillers, or stops you from going to school or work, then there may be an issue there. Now like I said earlier I am not an expert, but I suffered heavy and extremely painful periods for most of my teen life and because I didn’t know much about menstrual related diseases I was not unable to get myself the proper help when I needed to and now suffer from endometriosis which is chronic. So what am I saying? If you feel something is wrong or you feel your period is constantly taking over your life, see a doctor. In my case, I had to see a few doctors until one actually believed me and investigated further, and lo and behold I actually had a condition. Let’s take charge and listen to your bodies. They are so precious and we need them to be in great condition.
Next week we will discuss some menstrual related diseases and their definitions. For now take care of yourselves and remember it’s okay to talk. Period.
(Note ;images are used from www.bepreparedperiod.com)