Our monthly periods are not meant to be super painful each month. In fact, the pain comes from the release of prostaglandins and are a marker for high inflammation in the body, but could also be masking other conditions such as: uterine fibroids, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease or adenomyosis. The prostaglandins released cause the pelvic muscles to tighten and experience a lack of blood supply and therefore pain. As a Naturopathic Doctor, I love to find natural, holistic solutions for patients helping them become period pain free. My favorite go to’s: 1- Reducing inflammation in your diet and life; this means eliminating food sensitivities, reducing environmental toxins and of course reducing stress holistically. Instead, focus on “me time” or rest and relaxation during your menses (periods).
2- Getting all the appropriate functional and lab testing to make sure that there’s no underlying health conditions.
3- Supplementing with magnesium bisglycinate or adding more magnesium rich foods in the diet such as: dark chocolate, dark green leafy vegetables, legumes and nuts.
4- Healing the gut for happy, healthy hormonal production. Making sure bowel habits are regular and you’re able to eliminate toxins is crucial for gut health and hormonal health.
Afterall, your periods are not meant to torture you each month. If you’re struggling, schedule your appointment with Dr. Hasan, to see how Naturopathic women’s health care can help make that a thing of the past for you!