A test for severe period pain – C – Reactive Protein Test (CRP)
Scientific research behind the test
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). CRP is a protein produced by the liver; its levels rise when there is inflammation present in the body.
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 what is known as premenstrual Symptom (PMS).
PMS is the name given to the pattern of physical, psychological and behavioural symptoms that can occur two weeks before a woman’s monthly period.
Overall, the study found that middle-aged women with raised CRP levels had about a 26-41% increase in risk of the various PMS symptoms.
What can CRP tell us?
The CRP is a non-specific but good test for inflammation. It is useful if you are:
- suspicious of inflammation
- wish to monitor progress of treatment i.e. to see if inflammation has subsided as a result of treatment
How much is the fee?
When would the result come out?
The next day.
Can severe period pain be treated?
Many women use painkillers or anti-inflammatory medication. The problem is some pain is so sever that medication may not be able totally effective. What is more, the pain and PMS keep coming back cycle after cycle.
Some women may also want to deal with effectively by treating the causes not just the symptoms. We have successfully treated many cases. Please go to How do we treat severe period pain and PMS. Successfully treated patients will see the issue dealt with and the symptoms would not come back.
How Can I book the test?
Give us a call at 0207 096 0283. We can do this for you Monday to Saturday.