What do patients say about us?
’My back pain, abdominal cramps, mood swing and headache are almost completely gone. Other than the faint bloating and cramp, I am almost not aware of my period coming now. I feel so much better.’
Victoria from London who reported the above on her fourth visit 2017
’Usually when my period first comes, I feel so much pain that I had to lie down for two days pretty much. This time, my mother was worried about me as my period coincided with a party we had at home. It has only been a month since I saw you. It is amazing that this time round, I felt no pain at all. I was running around serving guests and doing all sorts of things. I was completely fine with no pain.’
Jane from London 2016
What is Period Pain?
Period pain can be common and a normal part of your menstrual cycle. Most women experience it at some point in their lives.
What do period pain usually feels like?
It’s usually felt as painful muscle cramps in the tummy, which can spread to the back and thighs.
The pain sometimes comes in intense spasms, while at other times it may be dull but more constant.
It may also vary with each monthly period. Some months they may cause little or no discomfort, while others may be more painful.
Sometimes you may experience pelvic pain even when you don’t have your period.
What cause period pain?
Period pain occurs when the muscular wall of the womb tightens (contracts). Mild contractions continually pass through your womb, but they’re usually so mild that most women can’t feel them.
During your period, the wall of the womb starts to contract more vigorously to encourage the womb lining to shed away as part of your monthly period.
When the muscular wall of the womb contracts, it compresses the blood vessels lining your womb. This temporarily cuts off the blood supply – and hence oxygen supply – to your womb. Without oxygen, the tissues in your womb release chemicals that trigger pain.
While your body is releasing these pain-triggering chemicals, it’s also producing other chemicals called prostaglandins. These encourage the womb muscles to contract more, further increasing the level of pain.
It’s not known why some women experience more period pain than others. It may be that some women have a build-up of prostaglandins, which means they experience stronger contractions.
Period pain can be caused by an underlying medical condition. Doctors sometimes call this secondary dysmenorrhoea.
Period pain linked to an underlying condition tends to affect older women. Women aged 30 to 45 are most commonly affected.
Conditions that can cause period pain include:
where cells that normally line the womb start to grow in other places, such as in the fallopian tubes and ovaries; these cells can cause intense pain when they shed and fall away.
non-cancerous tumours that can grow in the womb and can make your periods heavy and painful.
Pelvic inflammatory disease
where your womb, fallopian tubes and ovaries become infected with bacteria, causing them to become severely inflamed
What is PMS and what are the common symptoms
PMS refers to a condition that is associated with two broad types of symptoms:
- Emotional – These include stress, anxiety, difficulty with sleep, headache, feeling tired, mood swings, increased emotional sensitivity, and changes in interest in sex.
- Physical – These include bloating, lower back pain, abdominal cramps, constipation/diarrhea, swelling or tenderness in the breasts, cyclic ance, and joint or muscle pain, and food cravings.
What are the causes of PMS?
While PMS is linked to the luteal phase, the causes of PMS are not clear, but several factors may be involved:
- Changes in hormones during the menstrual cycle seem to be an important factor; changing hormone levels affect some women more than others.
- Chemical changes in the brain, stress, and emotional problems, such as depression, do not seem to cause PMS but they may make it worse.
- Low levels of vitamins and minerals, high sodium, alcohol, and/or caffeine can exacerbate symptoms such as water retention and bloating.
- PMS occurs more often in women who are between their late 20s and early 40s; have a family history of depression; and have a past medical history of either postpartum depression or a mood disorder.
Diagnosis of PMS
A diagnosis of PMS is often made when three key features are presented:
- The woman’s chief complaint is one or more of the emotional symptoms associated with PMS (most typically irritability, tension, or unhappiness). The woman does not have PMS if she only has physical symptoms (such as cramps or bloating).
- Symptoms appear predictably during the luteal (premenstrual) phase, reduce or disappear predictably shortly before or during menstruation, and remain absent during and before ovulation.
- The symptoms must be severe enough to disrupt or interfere with the woman’s everyday life.
New Research and a test to check inflammation
A new study conducted by the Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine, University of California Davis, Davis, California published in 2016 suggests that period pain and PMS are caused by acute inflammation, as measured by the C-reactive protein (CRP). `For more information about the inflammation test, Click here to find out more.
How can we help?
As we have seen, the various causes of period pain and PMS are as follows:
We have extensive experience in dealing with hormonal imbalance. Click here to check How we treat hormonal imbalance.
We have successfully treated endometriosis. Please click: How we treat endometriosis.
Fibroids are a result of hormonal imbalance. We have successfully treated hormonal imbalance and managed to shrink some fibroids naturally. Please click How we treat hormonal imbalance.
A new study conducted by the Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine, University of California Davis, Davis, California published in 2016 suggests that the pain is caused by acute inflammation, as measured by the C-reactive protein (CRP). In this latest research, scientists wanted to see if raised levels of CRP were associated with the often-reported feelings of dull painful cramping many women feel before their period. This symptom is a common occurrence in premenstrual Syndrome.
The study found that middle-aged women with raised CRP levels had about a 26-41% increase in risk of the various PMS symptoms.
This study is interesting as it can be concluded that much of the primary cause for period pain and PMS may in fact be due to a secondary cause of inflammation.
We have successfully dealt with internal inflammation. All patients come with a CRP report, which confirmed that they have inflammation. 3 Months later, they will be asked to re do the test and this would show in most cases that the inflammation has either gone down or gone. Needless to say, the severe pain and PMS symptoms that are associated with periods will also be substantially reduced or disappeared.
Our treatment is different with using painkillers or anti-inflammation drugs as you should see that the pain and PMS are unlikely to come back in subsequent cycles.
How long do you have to come to us?
Our course of treatment will last for 3 months. Most patients will see pain disappeared at the tail end of the treatment course. In a minority of cases, patients may have to start a second course of treatment (another 3 months) but this is rare.
How much is the fee?
About £350 a month