Period pain or cramps (known as Dysmenorrhea) is normal, and most women will experience them at some stage in their lives. For some, the discomfort is temporary and completely manageable, for others, it can have a huge impact on their lives on a regular basis.
What are the symptoms of period pains?
Symptoms vary from person to person; the most common reported symptoms include:
- Cramps – A throbbing, cramping pain in your lower abdomen area, usually at the beginning of your period – The pain is generally constant (irrespective of changing position to become more comfortable or applying warmth), this is part of the reason why it also effects many women’s sleep during their period.
- Lower back pain – A constant ache at the very bottom of your spine, a feeling like you have been upright all day long. This pain is thought to be linked to muscle response to the hormones your body is releasing during menstruation.
- Headaches – Many women report headaches before, during and following their period. These headaches can result from changing levels of estrogen and progesterone in your body.
- Nausea – Often a by-product of period cramps, many, particularly younger women experience nauseousness in the lead up and beginning of their period.
- Diarrhoea – It is thought that this is due to increased hormones which are released before your period. These hormones cause contractions to help the uterus shed, these contractions can also occur in the intestines.
What causes period pain?
Period pain severity is impacted by a wide range of factors.
- Younger women or those that have not had children, can get more severe pain
- Lifestyle factors such as smoking can have an impact
- Irregular or heavy periods can intensify symptoms
There are several medical conditions that can cause period pain, such as endometriosis, fibroids or pelvic inflammatory diseases. Always consult with your doctor if you experience sever, debilitating period pains. For some women, period pains are a mild inconvenience, others, perhaps are not underpinned by a medical condition, but are nonetheless incredibly difficult to live with.
It is the prostaglandin hormone that triggers muscle contractions in your uterus during your period, which is most closely linked to period pains and cramps, inflammation is a key contributor to this pain.
Can CBD Oil help with period pains?
CBD Oil and CBD body creams cannot claim to cure all illnesses or conditions, and you should be wary of purchasing CBD products that are branded as support for specific ailments such as period paid. However, there is continuing serious growth and anecdotal evidence to support the theory that the underlining benefits of CBD lend themselves to helping with period pain symptoms (plus a wide range of other aches and pains). The key thing to keep in mind when purchasing CBD Oil, particularly for the first time, is to ensure you are getting a high enough percentage of CBD in your 3 times a day doses to feel the benefit. (Read more about CBD dosage here)
A large part of this theory is due to the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD Oil.
- Anti-Inflammatory – Although research continues, studies show that CBD interacts with receptors in the body’s nervous system that can impact on inflammation anywhere in the body. Inflammation is a key contributor of period pain symptoms.
- You’re Endocannabinoid System – This system is responsible for maintaining homeostasis in our bodies, a healthy Endocannabinoid System can help regulate many other systems in our bodies, including our menstrual cycles.
- Targeted Topical Relief – Using CBD creams and balms can provide targeted relief against inflammation.
There are of course many other natural remedies for helping to manage period pain, such as exercise, heat application and relaxation.