These women may take NSAIDS to help ease the cramping pain, but NSAIDS have some nasty side effects such as stomach upset and being toxic to the liver. Some women have such bad cramps that their doctor will prescribe birth control pills to regulate their hormones. This may help ease the pain of the cramps a little bit. However, in my practice I hear a lot about side effects from birth control pills, a common one being loss of libido. Birth control pills also rob the body of some very valuable nutrients. When the body gets robbed of nutrients, important organs don't function correctly. Read more here about how birth control may be something you'd want to avoid: 14 Ways Birth Control Pills Rob Us of Our Health.
So, what to do about painful cramps? I am passionate about spreading the word the you do NOT have to suffer with painful menstrual cramps. They can be treated naturally with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Acupuncture works really well, but adding the herbs to the treatment plan is key.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine can address:
- Heavy Bleeding
- Breast Tenderness
- Mood Swings
- Menstrual related acne
- Painful cramping in the lower abdomen, back and legs
When a woman come to my office to work on these type of symptoms, I do a throughout health history. Some questions I may ask are:
- Is your cycle regular? How long is it?
- Do your symptoms start before the menstrual flow starts, after the flow starts or after it stops (or a combination of the three)?
- Where are the cramps located?
- Are there other symptoms involved, like headaches or digestive disturbances?
- Is there clotting? What size--dime, nickel, quarter sized?
- Is the bleeding heavy? How often do you change your pad or tampon?
Knowing the answers to these questions helps me to properly asses and treat menstrual woes. You do not have to suffer on a monthly basis any more!