We need all women, and men, to know that Period Pain IS NOT normal and it is about time healthcare professionals knew this as well. We are getting there, but it is not quick enough for my liking.
Millions of women around the world are told that period pain is normal and then go on to endure years of suffering and even fertility issues because it. Some women have endured so much pain and been “missed” and “dismissed” by so many healthcare professionals so many times that they have ended up taking their own life because of it. It just should not happen and it needs to stop.
Endometriosis and Adenomyosis are a major cause of Period Pain
One of the major causes of period pain is Endometriosis, or its sister disease Adenomyosis. These crippling diseases can cause period pain, pelvic pain, joint pain, pain with bowel movement, irritable bowel syndrome, pain with ovulation, swollen painful belly (known as endo belly), chronic fatigue, anaemia, heavy painful menstrual flow and can lead to infertility. Some women will quite literally not even be able to work due to debilitating symptoms of this disease.
A significant portion of women with Endometriosis are Asymptomatic
One thing to note is that some many women with endometriosis get lots of pain and associated symptoms, a significant portion of women with endometriosis are actually asymptomatic (No symptoms at all). These women are usually diagnosed by accident or through fertility evaluation when they could be having issues conceiving. Just remember that just because a woman does not have pain and associated symptoms of endometriosis, it does not mean that she can’t have it.
Period Pain IS NOT Normal
Period pain IS NOT normal and the sooner we get everyone to know this important fact the better. Sure, a little bit of discomfort can be normal. By that I mean just a tiny bit of pressure and basically knowing your period is about to come. But pain…. That is not normal.
I’ve spoken about this many times before and if you click on the links below here, you can read my previous articles about this
- Stop Telling Women That Period Pain is Normal
- The Facts About Period Pain & Endometriosis. What Women Need to Know
- Period Pain IS NOT Normal and Doctors in Australia and The Rest of The World Need to Start Listening
There is help
If you, your friend, your daughter, your sister, your wife, or any other woman you know, has to have days off work, days of school, is laying on the floor in pain, taking pain killers to get through the day, or beginning of their period, then that IS NOT normal.
Period pain is not normal and if you need help and assistance with period pain, then please give my clinic a call and book in a consultation.
Dr Andrew Orr
-No Stone Left Unturned
-Women’s and Men’s Health Advocate