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The Relationship Between Temperature and Period Pain

Posted Monday 23 December 2019 09:12 by in Period Pain Medication by Tim Deakin

Heat is often suggested as a way of easing menstrual cramps, but how does temperature impact your pain?

For most women, period pain is a familiar sensation. In fact, around 80% of women experience period pain at some stage in their lifetime, and between 5 and 10% feel pain severe enough to disrupt their lives.[1]

But just because period pain is common, this doesn’t mean it isn’t significant. One 2017 survey found that more than five and a half million sick days (5,581,186) occur in the UK every year as a direct result of period pain. This costs the British economy more than £530 million per year.[2]

There are many different treatment options for those suffering with menstrual cramp pain, including heat. We’re going to take a closer look at period cramps, including the relationship between pain and heat.

What are period cramps?

Period pain is a common consequence of the menstrual cycle, caused by muscular contractions within the wall of the womb. These contractions temporarily cut off blood and oxygen supply, causing the tissues to release chemicals that trigger pain.[3]

If period pains are particularly bad, it may be a sign of a more serious form of menstrual cramp known as secondary dysmenorrhoea. This can result in symptoms which include:

- Heavy or irregular periods

- Bleeding between periods

- Unusual vaginal discharge

- Pain during sexual intercourse

These can occur alongside more typical period pain symptoms, including:

- Tiredness

- Nausea

- Headaches

- Bloating

- Emotional changes

- Diarrhoea[4]

Heat and period cramps

Heat is a tried and tested method of relieving the pain associated with menstrual cramps. It is advised by many leading health organisations, from the NHS to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.[5]

Heat is cost-effective and has no side effects, and has been proven to alleviate pain in women suffering with menstrual cramps. In fact, one study found that heat was as effective as painkillers like aspirin for menstrual cramp pain.[6]

Heat therapy can be an effective way to reduce your symptoms as it tackles inflammation and encourages the muscles to relax, alleviating painful contractions. Consider a heated patch, pad or a hot water bottle.

Other treatments for menstrual pain

Heat is far from the only recommended treatment for period pain. There are many things you can do to alleviate your symptoms and reduce your discomfort, from exercising to taking medication.

Some of the most popular methods[7] of period pain relief include:

- Stopping smoking

- Gentle exercise

- A warm bath

- Gentle massage

- Relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation

- Painkilling medication

- Period pain medication like Mefenamic Acid, which works to reduce inflammation, relieve pain and bring down temperature.

Putting these treatment options into practice can help to dull the severity of your period pain.

If you’re looking for safe and effective medication for period pain, you can find it right here at Express Pharmacy. Our simple 1,2,3 order process makes it easy to get the treatment you need. Get in touch with our team today by calling 0208 123 07 03 or by using our discreet online Live Chat service.

[1] Women’s Health Concern. Period Pain Fact Sheet. 2017

[2] Petter, O. Period Pains Responsible for Five Million Sick Days in the UK Each Year. The Independent. 2017

[3] NHS UK. Period pain. 2019

[4] Bupa UK. Painful periods (dysmenorrhoea). 2019

[5] The American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Dysmenorrhea: Painful Periods. 2015

[6] Jo, J. Lee, SH. Heat therapy for primary dysmenorrhea: A systematic review and meta-analysis of its effects on pain relief and quality of life. Scientific Reports. 2018

[7] Always. Five tips for period pain relief. 2016

Does Period Pain Become Worse When You’re Stressed?

Posted Wednesday 10 July 2019 22:18 by in Period Pain Medication by Tim Deakin

Period pain is something almost every woman is familiar with. Considered a normal part of the menstrual cycle, period pain is usually felt as uncomfortable muscle cramps in the stomach, often spreading to the back and the thighs. This pain can be intense and sharp, or dull and constant.[1]

According to Women’s Health Concern, more than 80% of women will experience some form of period-related discomfort at some point in their lives, and this pain can be severe enough to disrupt day-to-day life in around 5-10% of women.[2]

But can your emotional state impact your period, and does feeling stressed actually make your pain worse?

Do you experience more pain when you’re stressed during your period?

A study published in the Journal of Women’s Health back in 2010 found that stress could indeed lead to worse symptoms of period pain. Participants who said they felt stressed two weeks before starting their period were between twice and four times as likely to report severe period pain symptoms compared to women who reported no signs of stress.[3]

Researchers couldn’t pinpoint an exact reason for why this might be the case, though several theories were suggested by the team. These include that stress can alter ovarian hormones, or that the stress hormone cortisol may have a direct effect on period pain.[4]

Speaking to SELF, Dr Antonio Pizarro, MD, described how a lack of sleep and an increase in stress can cause hormone imbalances which could exacerbate pain, saying:

“If you don’t sleep enough, your body will release more of the stress hormone cortisol, which affects how your pituitary gland works. Your pituitary gland regulates hormones, so this can have a major effect on your cycle, leading to periods that don’t arrive when you’re expecting them to. Thanks to the imbalanced hormones, they may even be heavier or more painful than usual.”[5]

The relationship between stress and period pain goes both ways too. Studies have shown that when women are on their period, they are generally more prone to feelings of anxiety and stress. Menstruation leads to a number of hormonal changes, potentially leading to physical and emotional effects which contribute to anxiety. Fluctuations in hormones such as oestrogen and progesterone can impact appetite, digestion and energy, all of which can impact your mood.[6]

So while there are still questions regarding the link between stress and period pain, it’s clear that relaxation is an important part of making your period more manageable.

How to effectively deal with period pain

The NHS recommends several simple lifestyle changes which can help to alleviate the severity of your period pain. These include:

Exercising, such as gentle swimming, cycling or even walking

Using a heat pad or hot water bottle to ease the pain

Having a hot bath or shower to help you relax

Stopping smoking, as smoking is thought to increase the risk of pain

Lightly massaging your lower abdomen

Relaxation techniques such as yoga or Pilates[7]

Medication is also available to help effectively ease the pain you experience while on your period. Mefenamic acid works by reducing inflammation, therefore lowering pain levels.

Discover safe and effective period pain medication like mefenamic acid right here at Express Pharmacy. If you have any queries, don’t hesitate to contact our team on 0208 123 07 03 or by using our discreet Live Chat service.

[1] NHS UK. Period pain. 2016

[2] Women’s Health Concern. Period Pain. 2017

[3] Gollenburg, A.L. et al. Perceived Stress and Severity of Perimenstrual Symptoms: The BioCycle Study. Journal of Women’s Health. 2010

[4] Nauert, R. PhD. Stress Exacerbates Menstrual Symptoms. PsychCentral. 2019

[5] Barnes, Z. 8 Habits That Are Making Your Periods Even Worse. SELF. 2016

[6] Nillni, Y.I. et al. Anxiety Sensitivity, the Menstrual Cycle and Panic Disorder: A Putative Neuroendocrine and Psychological Interaction. Clinical Psychology Review. 2011

[7] NHS UK. Period pain. 2016

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A New Study on Period Shame Reveals Some Startling Figures

Posted Friday 27 April 2018 14:53 by in Period Pain Medication by Tim Deakin

According to Plan International UK, young women are not seeking guidance for their period concerns

Plan International UK is an organisation aiming to remove the taboos surrounding periods and menstruation, and with good reason. Their latest research has revealed that an alarming number of young women in the UK are not seeking medical help for their period concerns because they are too embarrassed.

In the report, Plan International UK calls for improved teaching materials and education which highlights the fact that periods are different for everyone and can include emotional, social and physical aspects which should be addressed. Other issues they touch upon are the problems some women have affording sanitary products.

Chief executive of Plan International UK, Tanya Barron, said:

“The stigma and taboo around periods is creating a wall of silence, with girls struggling to understand their own bodies, and feeling too ashamed to speak out when they think there is a problem.”

Barron says that better education for both girls and boys is needed to eradicate taboos and “make sure girls know when the symptoms they have are healthy and normal or when they need to seek medical advice.”

Period shame, in numbers

Over 1,000 girls and women aged between 14 and 21 were contacted by Plan International UK to take part in their survey. The results were eye-opening. Regarding the way girls and young women feel about seeking medical advice and treatment for their period concerns, the results found that:

- 79% of girls and young women have experienced period symptoms which have worried them, but haven’t sought medical advice or treatment

- Over a quarter (27%) of girls and young women said they haven’t seen a doctor because they felt too embarrassed

- 8% of girls and young women said they didn’t seek advice because there was only a male doctor available and they didn’t feel comfortable talking to them

Regarding the girls’ and young women’s experience of having periods, the results revealed that:

- 29% of girls and young women said they have experienced heavy bleeding

- 38% of girls and young women have experienced severe period pain

- A quarter (25%) of girls and young women have experienced periods that are heavier than usual

- Almost one third (32%) of girls and young women have had irregular periods

- 23% of girls and young women have been concerned about missing periods

- Almost one fifth (19%) of girls and young women said they have felt depressed

The NHS recommends that, should any of the above symptoms arise, medical attention should be sought as soon as possible. However, Plan International UK’s survey revealed that more than half (54%) of the girls and young women did not seek medical advice because they believed their symptoms were normal at the time. 13% of girls and young women also said people had told them they were exaggerating about their symptoms.

Never let embarrassment stand in the way of effective treatment

It’s clear from these findings that more needs to be done to normalise the perfectly normal processes of the female body. At Express Pharmacy, we believe that no one should ever feel embarrassed about their health concerns. However, you should also never let embarrassment stand in between you and effective treatment.

Online pharmacies allow girls and women to seek advice and treatment for their period concerns whilst maintaining discretion. For conditions like period pain and period delay, effective medication is available from Express Pharmacy. You can also use our live chat service to speak to one of our NHS-approved pharmacists about your concerns.

Both Mefenamic Acid (for period pain) and Norethisterone (for period delay) are available from Express Pharmacy. Contact the team today by using our discreet live chat or calling 0208 123 07 03.

Health Issues No Woman Should Be Too Embarrassed to Seek Help For

Posted Monday 25 September 2017 11:05 by in Period Pain Medication by Tim Deakin

Latest figures suggest that embarrassing health issues for women could be preventing them from seeking out medical help

Embarrassing health issues for women are those conditions patients may feel too awkward to receive treatment for. When you’re embarrassed about your health concerns, it can become difficult to seek out face-to-face support from a medical professional. Thankfully, online support for women’s health can make it possible to receive the necessary care without having to brave the doctor’s surgery.

Let’s take a look at four of the conditions most commonly seen as embarrassing health issues for women.

Period pain

Dysmenorrhea, otherwise known as period pain, affects a huge proportion of the female population almost every month, making it one of the most common embarrassing health issues for women. 10% of women suffering from dysmenorrhea would describe their symptoms as ‘severe’, and yet figures show that a large number of women don’t seek medical help for their period pains because they’re embarrassed by them, or see them as something they simply have to learn to live with.

But severe pain is our body’s way of telling us that something can be done about it. Mild period pain is often minor enough to treat at home with rest and recuperation, but severe pain can be helped with medication and lifestyle advice from a healthcare professional, including gentle exercise, dietary changes and stopping smoking. Online support for women’s health can be used to obtain vital medication like mefenamic acid.


Cystitis is one of the more common urinary tract infections, or UTIs, that people can suffer from, and women are much more likely to suffer from it than men. It’s often deemed one of the embarrassing health issues for women as research has shown that sufferers can be hesitant to seek medical aid.

Cystitis is caused by a spreading of bacteria from your bowel into your urethra. Although cystitis can be a mild condition that resolves itself in a few days, it can also progress and can even lead to kidney infection in more serious cases. So if your symptoms persist, it’s important that you seek out the help and medication you need, like obtaining medication such as trimethoprim through online support for women’s health.

Period delay

Although there are many reasons why women might experience a delay in their menstrual cycle, including weight loss and dietary changes, many women may panic and jump straight to the conclusion of an accidental pregnancy. This can lead to period delay being seen as one of the embarrassing health issues for women which they are anxious to seek help for.

Missing a period can be a frightening prospect for women unsure of the cause but there are times that women can benefit from a delayed period. For example, many women choose to delay their monthly period to avoid debilitating cramps and pains while travelling abroad on holiday. This can be done easily and discreetly through using Express Pharmacy's online service. By completing a short medical questionnaire, it is possible to access period delay medications such as Norethisterone without even needing to visit a GP.

Unwanted facial hair

One of the embarrassing health issues for women which can cause the most concern is unwanted facial hair, as it can lead to a serious lack of confidence. The condition is known as hirsutism and affects around 5-10% of all women.

Because it’s seen by many sufferers as a source of embarrassment, women with the condition often learn to live with it. However, online support for women’s health can allow women to deal with their unwanted facial hair effectively without having to brave a visit to the GP, though medication like Vaniqa.

For discreet service from fully qualified experts, visit Express Pharmacy

You should never be too embarrassed to visit a GP in person, but there are other ways to receive the care you need. Express Pharmacy is a reputable, safe and reliable online service that allows you to receive an expert diagnosis and obtain necessary medication in three simple steps, all with complete discretion and from the comfort of your own home.

Contact us today by calling 0208 123 0703 or by using our online Live Chat service.


Mary wynne on Wednesday 18 July 2018 13:52

Could you please tell me when Vaniqa will be available to customers

Regards Mary wynne


How to Deal With Period Pain on Holiday

Posted Friday 21 July 2017 09:36 by in Period Pain Medication by Tim Deakin

Dysmenorrhea, more often known as period pain, is one of the most common gynaecological complaints in women. 10% of women who suffer from period pains describe their symptoms as ‘severe’.

This can be a difficult thing for women to deal with at any time, but especially during the summer months when you want to be able to enjoy yourself and relax on holiday. For women going on their summer holiday, period pains can add unnecessary stress to the excitement of unwinding by the pool, sightseeing and hitting the beach.

But there are things you can do to help you deal with period pain whilst abroad. These tips will allow you to manage your discomfort and still thoroughly enjoy your summer holiday.

Prepare before you fly

Planning ahead is key to managing your period pain abroad. This means thinking about a few different factors, including when exactly your period is due, what supplies you’ll need, what supplies you’ll have access to over there and what kind of activities you want to participate in while on holiday.

Be sure to pack painkillers and practical clothing, and try to get an idea of which days you’re most likely to feel up to getting out and about for long periods of time.

You may also wish to purchase specific medication to deal with period pain. At Express Pharmacy we offer Mefenamic Acid, which reduces inflammation and can bring down temperature as well as treating the pain itself.

Consider your options

There are lots of options available when it comes to sanitary products. You might be used to using sanitary towels, but think about switching to tampons or a mooncup as these can give you much more freedom for activities like swimming, and won’t need to be changed as often. This means you can spend less time worrying about being close to a bathroom and more time simply enjoying your holiday.

Know your symptoms

You know the habits of your body better than anyone, so be realistic and plan around how you know you’re likely to feel. If your period pain isn’t normally that bad, then by all means schedule in some fun activities. If, however, you struggle with more severe period pains, allow yourself a few days around your period to relax by the pool and not do a lot.

Tailor your self-care to your specific symptoms. If you often suffer from cramps, consider packing heat pads or doing some gentle exercise. If you find that your mood fluctuates, allow yourself a bit of guilt-free relaxation.

Stay hydrated

When you’re somewhere hot and on your period, you’re likely to be sweating a lot more, so it’s more important than ever to stay hydrated. Common period symptoms like nausea, dizziness and headaches are only made worse by dehydration, so aim for 1.5 litres of water a day as a minimum. But be sensible; the hotter it gets the more you may need to consume in each 24 hour period – especially if you are also drinking alcohol.

You should also make the most of the delicious, freshly prepared food you’ll find abroad. Seafood, grilled meat and veg will provide your body with vital nutrients to combat pain and discomfort.

Be kind to yourself and stay comfortable

All in all, dealing with period pain on holiday is about making sure you’re as comfortable as possible – from the flight out to the flight home. Take a blanket, pillow and something to unwind with on your flight, and be sure to get up and move around occasionally to avoid aches, pains and cramps.

Once you’ve reached your destination, relax and catch up on sleep. Make sure you get a healthy dose of vitamin D from the sun during the day as well, as it’s naturally mood boosting.

Choose to delay mother nature

If you would simply rather not deal with the challenges of your period until you return from holiday, Express Pharmacy offers effective period delay medication in the form of Norethisterone. This prescription medication enables you to delay your period by up to 17 days.

Contact Express Pharmacy today for all the information you need on symptoms and treatment. You can use our discreet Live Chat service from the comfort of your own home.

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