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How to Deal With Period Pain on Holiday

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

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.

The Science Behind Period Pain

Posted Thursday 22 December 2016 16:02 by Tim Deakin in Period Pain Medication

period pain medicationAccording to Women’s Health Concern, roughly 8 out of 10 women experience some form of period pain in their lifetime. Whilst painful cramps and intense spasms are a common and normal part of a woman’s menstrual cycle, understanding the science behind the pain can offer reassurance that there isn’t anything more sinister behind the discomfort.

In this article we take a look at the causes of period pain and how associated symptoms differ from woman to woman and from month to month. There’s no need to suffer in silence if you are experiencing painful periods, there are a variety of steps you can take.

Why do I experience period pain?

As the walls of the womb contract during your menstrual cycle, the muscles tighten and relax throughout your womb. However, in most circumstances, this feeling is so mild that the majority of women do not feel it. Whilst the womb continually contracts throughout your cycle, during your period these contractions become more vigorous to help the womb shed its lining. During this process, the blood vessels in the lining temporarily lose blood and oxygen supply causing chemicals that generate pain to be released from its tissues. In addition to this, the body will also release prostaglandins, which result in a painful tightening of the muscular wall of the womb.

How does pain differ from woman to woman?

In most women, period pains only starts once bleeding has begun and generally last between two and three days. However, it is normal for painful symptoms to last several days depending on the length and heaviness of the period. Improvements in pain tend to come with age for many, as pain management gets better or symptoms become less and less noticeable. Many women also note an improvement in pain after having children.

For some women, particularly those aged between 30 and 45 years old, period pain can be the symptom of an underlying problem. Those suffering from endometriosis, fibroids, pelvic inflammatory disease and adenomyosis reported period pain symptoms, known in this context as secondary dysmenorrhoea to medical professionals. Women using the IUD coil as a regular form of contraception are also at increased risk of suffering from period pain.

However, in most cases this symptom only tends to occur in the first one to three months after fitting. If you are experiencing period pain, irregular periods, bleeding in-between periods, unusual vaginal discharge or pain during intercourse, then seeking medical advice is recommended.

What can I do to alleviate period pain?

Painkillers are the simplest way to manage period pain. Ibuprofen, aspirin and paracetamol are all over the counter medications that can be accessed to alleviate mild symptoms. In more serious cases, we also supply period pain treatment Mefenamic Acid at Express Pharmacy. This is an anti-inflammatory medication that can help you through painful periods and offer an effective form of pain relief.

It is worth noting that women who smoke are also at a greater risk of period pain. Smoking is thought to further restrict the supply oxygen to the pelvic area during cramping, resulting in a more intense period pain. Quitting smoking or at least cutting down can significantly reduce the discomfort experienced on a monthly basis.

While many women may feel reluctant to exercise while experiencing period pains, doctors do recommend walking, cycling and swimming as gentle ways to ease discomfort. Yoga and Pilates are also thought to be helpful in alleviating the symptoms of period pain.

Alternatively, heat relief in the form of a hot water bottle or heat pad pressed against the tummy can provide some respite. A warm shower, bath or stomach massage have also been found to be helpful.

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