If you are a woman who regularly experiences the unbelievable pain brought by menstrual cramps, then you can definitely agree that it is difficult to explain just how much it hurts. “Like someone is kneading your abdomen 24/7. Imagine your emotions are placed on a keyboard, and then someone is slamming their hands on the keyboard.

All you want to do is sleep and sit on something soft. If you have front cramps, it feels like someone has your abdomen in a vice. If they are back cramps, it feels like someone is kicking you in the tailbone over and over.”

Needless to say, it is an awful kind of pain. There are a few articles that are on the Internet claiming that menstrual pain can be compared to having a heart attack.

Whether you agree or disagree, let’s find out how these statements came about.

Claim That Menstrual Pain Are Similar To Heart Attacks

The media outlet, Quartz, published an article about menstrual pains that contains statistics about the American Academy of Family Physicians that ‘dysmenorrhea, the clinical term for painful menstruation, interferes with the daily life of one in five women’, to which many women around the world can relate to.

In support of this statement, John Guillebaud, a professor of reproductive health at the University College London added “patients have described the cramping pain as ‘almost as bad as having a heart attack.’”

If you are regularly suffering from menstrual pain, then this claim, although isn’t backed by scientific research yet, is most likely to hit home for you. It speaks towards every woman that suffers from menstrual cramps and is in serious pain as you can imagine it is as painful as a heart attack.

With that being said, let us have a look at some medical research behind the causes of menstrual pain.

Facts about Menstrual Pain (Dysmenorrhea)

According to Women’s Health Network, over 40% of women suffer from dysmenorrhea or menstrual cramps as they are more commonly known. These pelvic pains are most often accompanied with heavy bleeding, fatigue, bloating and mood swings.

For some women with extreme cases of dysmenorrhea, they are left bedridden and have to miss out on work.If you consider that menstrual cycles are usually 25 to 32 days, then it is quite the realization that women spend a third of their lives suffering from menstrual pain.

In addition to this, it comes in primary and secondary forms.

Causes of Primary and Secondary Dysmenorrhea

Primary dysmenorrhea is mostly common in younger women. It is the type of pelvic pain that occurs during the monthly blood flow and can last up to several days.

It is also accompanied by many symptoms such as headaches, diarrhea, back pain, nausea, bloating, vomiting etc.This type of dysmenorrhea is caused by excess prostaglandins, which are hormones that send pain signals to the brain.

As a result of these excess prostaglandins, the small muscles in the uterine wall contract and are accompanied by gastrointestinal symptoms.On the other hand, secondary dysmenorrhea occurs as early as two weeks prior to the start of the menstrual period.

It is typically characterized by congested and dull pains which are most common in women in their 30’s and 40’s. this pain is accompanied by weight gain, bloating, lower back pain, headaches, irritability, etc.

The common cause of the secondary dysmenorrhea is fluctuating estrogen levels, which causes fluid retention in the body. Other symptoms are

  • Endometriosis (ectopic endometrial tissue)
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Adenomyosis (endometrial tissue within the uterine wall)
  • Pelvic infection
  • Cervical stenosis (stricture of the internal cervical os, the opening of the uterus)
  • Congenital uterine or vaginal abnormalities
  • Fibroids
  • Intrauterine device (IUD)

If you are experiencing any severe dysmenorrhea that persists or worsens over time in the next few months, visit you doctor as soon as possible.

Home Remedies to Help With Average Menstrual Cramps

Here are some remedies you can do at the comfort of your home in order to deal with your menstrual cramps.

Eat More Of The Right Kinds Of Fats

Eating fats such as quality organic meats, ghee and coconut oil, butter tallow will boost the proper hormone production. In particular, coconut oil provides all the necessary building blocks for hormone production, it helps with losing weight, reducing inflammation and it has powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.

Avoid Inflammatory Foods

Avoid eating foods such as grains, dairy and vegetable oil which exacerbates hormonal problems and causes inflammation in the body. Instead, focus on eating foods that help the body rebuild and reduces inflammation such as homemade soups, grass-fed meats and bone broths.

Stay Clear Of Chemicals in Food and In Your Household

If you are having hormonal imbalances, avoid toxin in processed foods, plastics, household chemicals and pesticides. These toxins contain a large number of hormone-disrupting chemicals that mimic hormones in the body and prevent the body from naturally producing real hormones.

In order to fix this problem, cook in glass or non-coated metal pans and avoid heating or storing your foods in plastic. Also, eat organic produce and meat whenever you can.