Some people, who have period pain that isn’t relieved by ibuprofen, may know that they need to have a look at what might be causing their pain. But what about a normal period? How much pain should you expect? Is pain during a period normal? Can you have a pain-free period? Read this post written by naturopaths near Bendigo and Ballarat.

The good news is that you can have pain-free periods. Typical period pain that people experience, that isn’t caused by an underlying health condition, can be considered ‘normal’ period pain.

What Causes Period Pain?

So, if you can have a pain free period – what causes the pain?

At the end of your cycle, when the uterine lining starts to break down, it releases prostaglandins. These are good because they help your uterine muscle to contract, which helps to shed the lining. The release of prostaglandins is a normal part of the process. The problem is that too many problems can cause pain; so, you want to reduce how many prostaglandins are made.

Diet & Lifestyle

There are different things that will impact different people so it’s good to get specific advice from your naturopath. A couple of general things you can try are:

  • Reduce or eliminate the amount of cow’s dairy that you consume in your diet.
  • Determine if you have histamine intolerance or not. Histamine can worsen period problems as it increases inflammation and estrogen.

Naturopathic Aims for Period Pains

There are a few different things that your naturopath will look at to help you reduce inflammation and prostaglandin production. These include:

  • Reduce the number of prostaglandins that you produce.
  • Help to improve the tone of your uterine muscle.
  • Support uterine muscle relaxation.
  • Inhibit the action of prostaglandins.
  • Support the reduction of inflammation and pain.

If you want to schedule an appointment with a naturopath from our health clinic, just click here.

Do you want to read more articles written by naturopaths near Bendigo and Ballarat? Check out these posts about women’s health and pregnancy issues.

Katherine Knott

Katherine is a certified naturopath and the founding director of Acorn and Oak.   She began studying Naturopathy when she was 18 years old and has practiced in both Melbourne and rural Victoria.  She has also studied 2 1/2 years of nursing and midwifery, but decided that she was happier to work with women as […]

Read More… from Katherine Knott

Nicki Stewart

Nicki has always been drawn to Holistic Health and she follows in her mother’s footsteps who is a Reflexologist and Natural Therapist. Nicki was inspired to study Herbal Medicine after attending one of Dr. Sandi Rogers’ (Naturopath, Director of National College of Traditional Medicine and former President of Australian Traditional Medicine Society) seminars on ‘Fruits […]

Read More… from Nicki Stewart

Alyce Beaton

Alyce is qualified naturopath in Ballarat who loves supporting people on their health journey. Alyce believes optimising and restoring health first and foremost begins with food as medicine and creating healthy lifestyle habits. She is passionate about providing a safe, non judgement environment and endeavours to support her clients with strategies they can implement into […]

Read More… from Alyce Beaton