Severe menstrual pain, also known as dysmenorrhoea, can be literally disabling for many women; the symptoms can last anywhere from a few hours to several days and include vomiting, abdominal cramps, back pain, and in some cases, fainting.
While some sufferers can go about their normal routine by taking painkillers, other women are not so lucky and must take valuable time off work. Dysmenorrhoea has been described as pure agony.
However, science has recently confirmed what women have known for decades; taking birth control pills can significantly reduce the severity of dysmenorrhoea, and the combined pill is effective for menstrual pain relief.
How does the combined contraceptive pill work?
Dysmenorrhoea is caused by prostaglandins, hormones found in the womb’s lining that make the womb contract. The combined contraceptive pill prevents prostaglandin production, which in turn prevents the painful womb contractions.
For women who suffer from debilitating menstrual pain, taking contraceptives can be a practical, effective alternative to taking large amounts of painkillers, which can cause stomach upset and other very real health risks.
Are there side effects?
As with any type of medication, there are some side effects which are reported. For the combined contraceptive pill, the side effects may include:
- Breakthrough bleeding
- Amenorrhea (absence of a menstrual period)
If you are a smoker, the side effects can include heart attacks, stroke, and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Therefore, it is highly recommend that smokers kick the habit before taking contraceptive pills.
Women do not need to suffer from debilitating menstrual pain; they do not need to miss work or important social events due to dysmenorrhoea. Stop your suffering now, and consider starting the combined contraceptive pill.
Do I need a vaginal examination or smear test?
While this used to be the case in the past, a vaginal examination and smear test is no longer required to obtain oral contraceptives. In fact, contraceptive pills can be ordered online in the United Kingdom.
Loxdoc makes it easy for people to order medications online in the UK and Europe; you complete a free online consultation with a doctor and answer a few simple questions about your medical history. Once approved for the medication, it will be delivered the following day.