Menstrual pain (dysmenorreah), is one of the most common reasons why women seek assistance from their pharmacist or doctor. Some studies estimate that as many as 90% of younger women suffer from severe period pain which often results in absence from school or work.


Once the menstrual cycle starts, the increased production of hormones (prostaglandins) is the reason for the throbbing or cramping pains in the lower abdomen, as it triggers the muscles in the uterus to contract. Women who have high levels of prostaglandins experience more intense contractions and thus more pain.

Some of the symptoms include lower belly pain, lower back pain, headaches, bloating, irritability, fatigue, dizziness and nausea. In severe cases, some women suffer from vomiting, diarrhoea and constipation.


This condition can be eased by the following:



  1. Wanneer jy menstrueer en in die see swem, sal jy deur haaie geeët word.

Nog nooit in die geskiedenis was daar al ooit gedokumenteerde bewyse dat haaie iemand aanval wat menstrueer nie.

  1. Jy moenie hare was tydens menstruasie nie.

Daar is geen rede om jou higiëne te verander tydens jou siklus nie. Inteendeel, ‘n warm bad of stort help om skoon te bly en sommige vroue beweer dat dit ook help vir die krampe.

  1. Bedrus is ‘n MOET tydens jou siklus.

Alhoewel dit belangrik is om genoeg slaap te kry, is dit belangriker om meer oefening te kry. Dit verlig die krampe en is ook baie goed vir jou gemoedstoestand.

  1. Warm water verhoog die menstruasie vloei.

Die enigste ding wat die vloei kan verander is jou liggaam self, so jy kan nie die vloei ligter of swaarder maak nie. ‘n Warm bad of stort kan help om die krampe te verlig.

  1. Jy kan nie swanger raak tydens jou siklus nie.

Hierdie mite is van alle waarheid ontbloot. Jy KAN swanger raak, aangesien spermselle binne-in jou tussen 3-5 dae kan leef. Ovulasie kan gedurende of na die bloeifase plaasvind. Die veiligste is om nie jou voorbehoedmiddel oor te slaan nie.

  1. Irregular periods are bad for your reproductive health.

Once you’ve missed your period, talk to your pharmacist or doctor. It can take from 6 months to a year to become regular after the first time you get your period. Some women are never regular, as factors such as stress, illness and intense exercise can mess with your cycle.

  1. You shouldn’t use a tampon until you’re old enough.

Not true. It is important though to read the instructions and warnings and make sure that you use it correctly. Tampons should not cause any pain or discomfort.

  1. Menstrual cycles are 28 days.

This is only an average as it varies from woman to woman. Your body will tell you what your cycle is.

  1. You can shorten or delay a period.

Don’t fight your body’s natural menstrual cycle. By doing this, it could potentially cause other health problems.



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