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Dysmenorrhea

Natural Green Remedies

Medical Cannabis Physician & Wellness and Aesthetic Specialist located in Philadelphia, PA

More than one-half of menstruating women experience painful periods, also known as dysmenorrhea, for one to two days every month. Natural Green Remedies helps women find relief from dysmenorrhea with medical cannabis cards at their holistic practice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding New Jersey areas. If you’re over age 21 and suffer from dysmenorrhea, call or schedule a consultation online today.

Dysmenorrhea Q & A

What is dysmenorrhea?

Dysmenorrhea is the medical term for menstrual period cramps. There are different types of dysmenorrhea, including:

Primary dysmenorrhea

Primary dysmenorrhea refers to common menstrual cramps that aren’t related to other gynecological disorders. These cramps usually begin one or two days before your period or at the time bleeding starts. 

Secondary dysmenorrhea

Secondary dysmenorrhea is the result of an underlying problem in a woman’s reproductive system, such as uterine fibroids. This pain begins earlier in the menstrual cycle and is more severe.  


What are the symptoms of dysmenorrhea?

Dysmenorrhea symptoms vary from person to person but often include:

  • Throbbing or cramping pelvic pain
  • Low back pain
  • Pain in the hips and inner thighs
  • A dull, constant ache

For some women, the pain is accompanied by headaches, nausea, and loose bowel movements. 


What causes dysmenorrhea?

Primary dysmenorrhea is the result of uterine contractions that occur before and during your period. Substances called prostaglandins, which play a role in pain and inflammation, trigger these contractions. Women who have higher levels of prostaglandins have more severe period cramps. 

Conditions that may cause secondary dysmenorrhea include:

  • Endometriosis
  • Adenomyosis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Cervical stenosis
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease

These gynecologic disorders can cause cramps that are more painful and longer-lasting than normal period cramps.

 

What’s the treatment for dysmenorrhea?

Treatment for primary dysmenorrhea typically involves taking pain relievers like ibuprofen or using hormonal birth control. However, many women don’t find sufficient relief from these medications or can’t tolerate the unpleasant side effects. 

Women in New Jersey who suffer from dysmenorrhea may qualify for a medical cannabis card. Cannabis contains two important compounds, delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Both of these compounds have natural pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties.  


How can I get medical cannabis for dysmenorrhea?

Natural Green Remedies provides a natural, holistic alternative to menstrual pain treatment with medical cannabis consultations. A medical doctor discusses your symptoms and answers any questions you may have about using medical cannabis to treat period cramps. 

Then, they give you a written recommendation for medical marijuana. You take this to a dispensary, where you obtain the recommended amount of cannabis for your specific condition. 

To learn more about the benefits of medical cannabis for dysmenorrhea, call Natural Green Remedies, or book an appointment online today.