What are Menstrual Disorders?
Starting usually at the age of 10 to 13, a young woman starts getting her menstrual periods. This is the body’s way of getting ready for pregnancy. Most women bleed every 22 to 35 days, each woman is different, and the bleeding continues from 4 to 7 days.
But some women do not have “normal” periods. There are a few different kinds of problems that often occur. These problems or disorders range from little or no bleeding; too much bleeding; and painful debilitating cramps.
- Amenorrhea: This is a disorder when there is no menstrual bleeding. There are a few expected reasons or normal causes like pregnancy, breast feeding or menopause. But some women never get their period, which can be caused by a pituitary disease, hypothalamus problem or a problem with the reproductive organs. Some women, who have had fairly normal periods, can stop bleeding due to excessive exercise, different illnesses or reaction to different medications. Some women who have extremely low body weight, such as women with Anorexia or Bulimia usually do not get their periods. This can also happen with women who are morbidly obese.
- Menorrhagia: This disorder is when a woman has excessive bleeding which is not only heavy but also last many days. This may be her regular menstrual cycle, and can lead to anemia. This problem is also called hypermenorrhea, which may be caused by a Vitamin K deficiency, over use of aspirin or a hormone imbalance. For some women it is brought about temporarily by other problems such as a recent miscarriage or problems with her reproductive organs. It may also be the result of certain medical conditions like diabetes and hypothyroid.
- Dysmenorrhea: For many women, even starting at the beginning of their menstruation, they have very painful cramps. The pain can be so great that they cannot get out of bed or function normally. The pain is in the abdomen and feels like someone is stabbing you. The reason may be anatomical or the way the uterus is positioned. It can also be the result of anemia and lack of some hormonal balance.
Products which can Help with Menstrual Disorders
There are many over the counter as well as prescription medications to help with your symptoms.
Mens-Reduce is a product you may wish to try. It is an all-natural product that may help with many menstrual problems, without the side effects or complications associated with prescription drugs and surgery. Mens-Reduce can decrease bleeding, lessen painful cramps, and help to regulate the menstrual cycle so that you can be on a regular cycle.
Treatment for Menstrual Disorders
Most doctors will try to find the cause of the different menstrual dysfunction. It can be caused by many things, each of which has a different treatment recommendation. If it is a hormone imbalance, the doctor may put the woman on birth control pills, or other estrogen hormone replacement therapy.
In other cases, the treatment may take into account what other problems the woman is having. Is she under weight or overweight? Does she lack physical activity or is overexerting herself? What is her iron level? Is she anemic? So, finding the cause of the problem should lead the doctor to the appropriate treatment.
Some other life style changes may be helpful like meditation, yoga or acupuncture. There are some surgical methods which have been used if the pain is very severe, but there are then other risks involved.
Prevention of Menstrual Disorders
For each of the menstrual problems, it is important to maintain a healthy body weight, and exercise. For some women that may mean gaining weight and doing less physical activity. For others it may be losing weight and doing more physical activities. Eating a healthy high protein diet, eliminating excess fats and trying to lower your stress level are all recommended.
When to see your Doctor for Menstrual Disorders
Women should discuss any pain or abnormality with their doctor. If a woman has not gotten her period by the age of 16, or if it has stopped for no expected reason, it should be discussed. Blood tests are needed, and other symptoms may need to be regulated. Excessive bleeding can cause anemia and other medical problems