Problem Periods--What Can I Do?
Problem periods--painful cramping, heavy bleeding, PMS
Is one of the most common complaints voiced by women making appointments with their gynecologist. While many women experience relatively symptom-free menstrual periods, the list of things that make "that time of the month" a misery for others seems to go on and on. So, if problem periods are so common, does that mean you should just "toughen up" and endure it? Absolutely not!
There are many factors that contribute to menstrual complaints. The prostaglandins produced in the lining of your uterus contribute to the cramps many women feel, especially at the start of their periods. Conditions such as Endometriosis, Adenomyosis, and Fibroids can exacerbate these cramps. All of these conditions are treatable, but even if your cramps are the byproduct of normal menstrual functioning, you needn't live with excessive discomfort.
Heavy bleeding, another common complaint, can also be caused by a number of factors, some more serious than others. Your physician knows how to pinpoint the cause of your heavy bleeding and take measures to resolve it, not only relieving your symptoms, but potentially improving your overall health as well.
Pre-menstrual Syndrome, or "PMS," is often used as a catch-all term to describe the moodiness, irritability, bloating, headachiness and just about every other unpleasant aspect of the time leading up to and during a woman's menstrual period. In fact, PMS seems to wield so much power that it's easy to think of it as a part of life that just can't be avoided. This is not the case! If PMS seems to be running the show for you two weeks out of every month, fight back. Be honest with your doctor about your symptoms; there are ways to manage PMS and regain control of your life.
Whatever your period-related symptoms are, talk to your physician. Your team of health care providers cares about you and is committed to helping you experience the best health possible--even during "that time of the month."