Does Period Pain Reduce After Marriage?

If period pain reduced after marriage it would provide a wonderful marketing opportunity.  ‘Marry the man/woman of your dreams and never feel period pain again’.  Women would happily agree to arranged marriages just to avoid pain and discomfort every month.  Unfortunately, a big wedding celebration and changing your surname will not directly improve period pain.

The main reason why marriage and reduced period pain may be connected is that sexual intercourse can reduce pain.  This is because endorphins are released relieving any pain.  Relief is short lived and resumes again afterwards so you would have to spend the whole week having sex to make it effective.

Causes Of Period Pain

Period pain is caused by the womb lining shedding.  Small contractions cause the pain and the uterus becomes inflamed.  This is medically known as dysmenorrhea. Women can also feel breast tenderness at this time due to changes in hormones.  Many women also feel psychological symptoms at this time including; mood swings, depression, irritability and generally feeling unwell.  Ultimately period pain is a whole sequence of uncomfortable experiences for a woman that can be exacerbated by stress and worry. Endometriosis, fibroids and pelvic inflammatory disease cause extreme period pain and are normally treated with a doctor’s guidance.  

Primary Dysmenorrhea

Is the occurrence of cramping without the presence of conditions like endometriosis.  It is prevalent in adolescent girls and is suffered by 90% of women.  Endometrial prostaglandin is produced causing stronger contractions and greater pain.  Although some claim that these symptoms are reduced after childbirth studies have found this to be inconclusive.  

Secondary Dysmenorrhea

Occurs when pain is caused by a disorder in the reproductive organs.  Endometriosis, adenomyosis, uterine fibroids, or infection tend to cause period pain earlier in the month.  Older women are most likely to suffer from this type of pain.  

Treatments

Over the counter, painkillers and anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen can provide relief from most period pain.  Also using a hot water bottle or having a bath can also relieve symptoms.  Natural ways of combatting period pain include;

  • Eating a healthy diet including magnesium, berries and protein-rich foods.
  • Take vitamin D which reduces cramping.
  • Fish oil and vitamin B1 - both reduce inflammation.
  • Supplements like Evening Primrose can offer pain relief.
  • Exercise or scrubbing the floor produce pain-killing endorphins.
  • Relaxation and mindfulness can help you to control pain.
  • Hot water bottle, bath or shower can relieve pain directly.
  • Acupuncture and acupressure can help relieve cramps.
  • (Source: Healthy and Natural World).

If you have tried all of these natural remedies and are still suffering from the period pain you may need to consider using a non-steroid anti-inflammatory (NSAID).  Mefenamic acid reduces the number of Prostaglandins resulting in less pain. You must consult your doctor before taking Mefenamic so it can be determined if they are suitable for you.

So Does Period Pain Reduce After Marriage?

There is no medical evidence to prove that marriage reduces period pain.  Periods have been subject to many, ‘Old Wives’, tales over the centuries.  Most of them involve isolating the lady having a period because it is a bad omen.  However scientific research and greater understanding of the human body has taught us that these outrageous superstitions are misguided.  Here are a selection of superstitions relating to periods that you may find amusing:-

  • Mayonnaise will curdle if you make it during the time of the month.
  • Crops and bees will be destroyed.
  • You can control the weather.
  • Butter, wine and ham are destroyed by blood.
  • (Source: The Telegraph)

For centuries doctors believed that periods were a woman’s way of releasing hysterical emotions.  Now, of course, the menstrual cycle makes perfect sense in the modern world.  However, there are still countries that still believe in superstitions relating to periods.

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