Is my period pain normal?
Dysmenorrhea (period pain) occurs due to the build up of prostaglandins in the uterus. Prostaglandins are typically high on the first day of the period, which is when period pain can be at its worst.
Types of period pain
Normal period pain (primary dysmenorrhea) is a mild cramping in the abdomen and or lower back. This lessens after the first day of the period and can be treated with pain relief if required.
Severe period pain (secondary dysmenorrhea) is an excruciating throbbing, stabbing or burning pain that persists during and outside of the period. This type of pain can cause nausea, vomiting, and sick days from school/work.
Severe period pain is NOT normal and may be an indicator of an underlying condition such as endometriosis, pelvic floor issues or adenomyosis
What are the natural ways you can help relieve period pain?
Thankfully there are many easy and natural ways you can address period pain by yourself in the comfort of your own home.
Immediate symptomatic relief for period pain
Take magnesium daily to help reduce levels of prostaglandins and assist in relaxing the smooth muscle in the uterus. Start with 300mg daily. My favourite form is a natural, filler free powder magnesium bi- glycinate which can be found over at my shop ( and tastes delicious!)
Zinc assists in prostaglandin regulation and can direct blood flow to the uterus. Aim for 30mg daily preferably from bioavailable food sources such as oysters, red meat, poultry, dairy. Desiccated oyster capsules are a great source of bioavailable zinc.
Ginger tea contains pain reliving, anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties that may assist with period pain and bloating. Naturally warming, this herb helps to lower prostaglandins and associated inflammation. Studies have reported the benefits of ginger for the use of dysmenorrhea.
Long term actions to help period pain.
Reduce oestrogen dominance by supporting progesterone production within the body
Reduce consumption of inflammatory polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA’s) such as rancid seed oils, vegetable oils, and copious amounts of nuts and seeds and focus on quality animal fats.
Focus on mineral and nutrient intake, by emphasising fresh, organic foods. Consume herbal tea infusions, fresh juices, quality grass fed meats, wild caught seafoods.
Support blood sugar balance by eating a balance of protein, fats and carbohydrates with each meal, and eating every 3-4 hours.