Ailments & Remedies

Ailments List

Menstrual Problems

 

Overview

Missed periods, painful, heavy menstruation and premenstrual syndrome (PMS) are all categorised under menstrual problems. Some of the symptoms may surface up to 7 days before the start of the period. Symptoms which can be associated to the menstrual cycle can also include depression, acne, bloating, backaches, food cravings, sore breasts, constipation, mood swings and irritability.

 

Causes

Almost all women face some problem or the other during menstruation. The causes for it may be failure of ovulation to occur in turn leading to irregular menstrual period.  Menses pain, excessive bleeding, stoppage of menstrual flow or other disorders like an endocrine or thyroid problem may also be other causes. Emotional tension or stress, obesity, over exertion and increased exercise can also give rise to menstrual problems. 

 

Anaemia and hormonal imbalances may contribute to menstrual problems. Rapid changes in the body weight or in some cases of ‘anorexia nervosa’, may disrupt the menstrual cycle.  Women who take tranquillisers on a frequent basis, might also face some menstrual abnormalities. Pelvic infections or uterine abnormalities sometimes may give rise to menstrual problems. If a woman has a mother or a sister with menstrual irregularities, or if the woman has started her periods at a very early or late age, she could be more prone to menstrual problems in her lifetime due to genetic predisposition.

 

Symptoms

Premenstrual tension, cramps, fluid retention, irritation, depression, difficulty in handling stress, back pain and constipation can be a few symptoms of menstrual problems. Other symptoms could be acne, bloating, sore or swollen breasts, headaches, nervousness, fatigue, diarrhoea and food cravings.  If there are any serious complications with her period, the women may get anaemia or can face difficulties in getting pregnant. In medical terms: painful periods are called dysmenorrhoea, heavy bleeding is called menorrhagia. A more severe condition, Endometriosis, sees cells of the womb lining (endometrium) appear in other parts of the body like the Fallopian tubes, the pelvis and the ovaries.

 

Diagnosis

The doctor will perform a physical examination and may also examine the woman for any signs of bleeding disorders. A detailed medical history including the symptoms will be noted down by the doctor. To make a careful evaluation of the condition, the doctor can also prescribe certain tests or profiles to be undertaken to diagnose the cause of the menstrual problem.

 

Treatment

Various complementary and alternative therapies can help improve the symptoms and treat the condition. Advice should be sought from a qualified practitioner for treatment options.



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