What are painful periods?
Most periods cause a certain amount of pain – but, for some people, the pain can be severe and debilitating. Serious pain is a condition known as painful periods or dysmenorrhoea.
Painful periods can be a symptom of certain reproductive issues, such as:
- Adenomyosis – a condition where the cells that normally grow in the lining of the uterus break through and grow in the muscle wall of the uterus
- Endometriosis – when the cells in the lining of the uterus (called the endometrium) grow outside of it
Our treatment options for painful periods
Treating painful periods requires an understanding of the underlying cause of the pain – not just treating the pain itself.
Your treatment option will depend on the cause of your pain – as well as any other unique health concerns you have. Common treatments for painful periods can include:
- Pain-relieving medication
- Hormonal therapy – in the form of pills, injections, implants, or IUDs
- Surgery – laparoscopic (minimally invasive)
If you would like to make an appointment to discuss your health concern, please phone the practice on (07) 4230 0030.