The Pain of Periods.
June 30, 2007 12:43am CST
The pain of periods is caused by contractions of the uterus or womb, similar to those of another 'normal' pain women suffer - during labour. Mild contractions constantly pass through the muscular wall of the womb Mild contractions constantly pass through the muscular wall of the womb, although most women are unaware of them. During menstruation, however, they are stronger than normal and during labour they're stronger still. Each contraction causes the blood supply to the womb to be temporarily cut down as the blood vessels in the muscle wall are compressed. As the tissues are starved of oxygen, chemicals that trigger pain are released. At the same time the body is also releasing chemicals called prostaglandins, which induce stronger contractions and which may directly cause pain in the womb. As the contractions get stronger, so the pain increases. The aim of these contractions is to help the womb shed its delicate lining (as a period or bleed), so a new lining can be grown ready for a fertilised egg to implant itself. This is an essential part of female fertility, but pain is a side effect.
• New Zealand
30 Jun 07
Hey. Personally speaking, I know all about these pains, they can be so unbearable at times, from sharp shooting pains, to slow dwelling, throbbing pains that seem to last for ages... I think its healthy to let things flow naturally, as for the pains, I cant stand them...