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Discover Effective Period Cramp Relief at Well Women Clinic

Menorrhagia, or heavy periods, can be a monthly struggle for many women. The amount of blood lost during menstruation varies, ranging from 25ml to 80ml. When periods last more than seven days or have heavy blood loss exceeding 80ml per cycle, it may indicate menorrhagia. If heavy, painful periods affect your quality of life, seeking medical treatment is essential.

Don’t let menorrhagia hold you back from living your life to the fullest. Say goodbye to the inconvenience of heavy periods and hello to comfort and confidence with Well Women Clinic.

Types of Heavy Painful Periods

Knowing the different types of dysmenorrhea helps manage period pain better.

Primary Dysmenorrhea:

Menstrual cramps that recur to each period cycle but are not linked to any other medical condition are referred to as primary dysmenorrhea. Usually, the pain begins when the bleeding begins or a day or two before menstruation. Pain can be modest to severe and typically affects the back, thighs, or lower abdomen. The pain often reduces within two to three days. Primary dysmenorrhea is the more prevalent form of menstrual pain.

Secondary Dysmenorrhea:

Secondary dysmenorrhea results when a disease or infection in the reproductive organs is suspected as the cause of heavy, painful periods. It is characterised by pain that begins earlier in the menstrual cycle and lasts longer than primary dysmenorrhea. For instance, Cramping can start days before menstruation and continue until bleeding stops. Although secondary dysmenorrhea is less prevalent, it should still be taken seriously since it might point to a more severe health concern. Find effective period pain treatments and period cramp relief at clinics like Well Women Clinic London. Don’t let menstrual pain and heavy, painful periods impact your daily routine. Seek effective treatment and support for your menstrual health.

Causes & Symptoms Of Dysmenorrhea

Causes Of Dysmenorrhe

Primary Dysmenorrhea:

  • Painful periods are mainly caused by higher levels of prostaglandins in the uterus.
  • Prostaglandins cause contractions in the uterus, leading to pain by reducing blood supply.

Secondary Dysmenorrhea:

  • Fibroids: Heavy, painful period might be caused by uterine noncancerous growths.
  • Endometriosis: Where uterine lining cells grow outside the uterus, causing intense pain.
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID): An infection affecting the uterus, fallopian tubes, and sometimes ovaries.
  • Adenomyosis: Occurs when uterine lining glands grow into the uterine walls, causing enlargement and painful periods.
  • Contraceptive-Induced: Furthermore, secondary dysmenorrhea may result from an intrauterine device (IUD) based on copper, although these symptoms go away. For persistent symptoms, switching to a hormone-releasing intrauterine system (IUS) or trying other contraception methods may help.

Symptoms Of Dysmenorrhe

Recognising the symptoms linked to periods is essential for timely relief and effective period pain treatment.

Primary Dysmenorrhea Symptoms:

  • Cramping pain in the lower abdomen, which can extend to the lower back and thighs
  • Occurs a few days before and/or during menstruation, typically subsides at the end of the period
Additional symptoms may include:
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Tiredness
  • Bloating
  • Emotional symptoms
  • Headache or light-headedness

Secondary Dysmenorrhea Symptoms:

Alongside cramping pain, a feeling of heaviness in the abdomen and back pain may be present Additional symptoms may include:
  • Bleeding in-between periods
  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • Heavy or irregular periods
  • Pain during intercourse, possibly accompanied by post-coital bleedin

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Diagnosis and Evaluation of Period Pain

Effective management of period pain begins with thorough diagnosis and evaluation. When you visit your GP, they’ll inquire about your symptoms and how they affect your daily life. A review of your medical history will also be conducted.
For younger individuals without sexual activity suspected of primary dysmenorrhea, a tummy examination may suffice. However, for those sexually active or suspected of secondary dysmenorrhea, a vaginal exam may be necessary.
Your doctor will check for abnormalities in your cervix and womb using gloves and lubricant during gentle vaginal palpation. Simultaneously, they may press on the lower abdomen and use a speculum for cervical examination. You can request someone to accompany you during this procedure for comfort.

Your GP might recommend additional tests, such as:

  • Blood tests for conditions like anaemia.
  • Swab to detect vaginal infections.
  • Ultrasound scans, either abdominal or transvaginal, to visualise the womb.

If symptoms persist or become severe, referral to a gynaecologist may be necessary. Specialised tests such as laparoscopy, MRI scans, or hysteroscopy might be advised to explore further.

Effective Period Pain Treatment

The best course of action for painful periods depends on the underlying reason and severity of the symptoms.


For primary dysmenorrhea, your doctor may recommend painkillers such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These drugs ease menstrual pain by blocking prostaglandin production. Your doctor or pharmacist can guide you on potential side effects and usage.

Hormonal Contraception

If pregnancy is not on your agenda, hormonal contraception can help reduce symptoms. Your GP may suggest contraceptive injections, hormone implants, intrauterine systems (IUS), contraceptive pills, or injections. It’s essential to discuss with your GP to determine the most suitable option for you.


In cases where other treatments fail, and childbearing is not desired, a gynaecologist may suggest a hysterectomy. This involves the removal of the uterus and is considered a last resort option. The gynaecologist will provide detailed information and guidance on this procedure.

Complementary Therapies

Some people use acupuncture or herbal remedies for painful periods, but there’s limited evidence of their effectiveness. Research on these therapies has yet to prove clear benefits for women with menstrual pain.

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When should you consult a doctor for Period Pain Treatment?

If your period pain lasts only 1-2 days, responds well to pain relievers, and doesn’t disrupt daily activities, it’s likely normal. However, it’s advisable to schedule a consultation with your doctor if:
  • The pain interferes with your ability to carry out your usual daily tasks.
  • Your pain persists for longer than 2 days despite using hormonal contraceptives or pain relief medications.
  • You encounter pain associated with an intrauterine device (IUD).
  • You develop new or worsening pain symptoms.
  • You experience discomfort during bowel movements or sexual intercourse.
  • You experience pelvic discomfort that occurs outside of your usual menstrual cycle.

Why Choose Well Women Clinic for Period Care?

At Well Women Clinic, we prioritise your well-being with specialised care tailored to your needs. Our dedicated team, led by renowned consultant Dr Nilesh Agrawal, ensures you receive personalised attention and comprehensive period pain treatment options. Few reasons that justify your decision to select us:

Specialised Services

Focusing on women's health, we offer services for period cramps, heavy periods, and more.

Personalised Care

Our experienced healthcare professionals provide personalised care, addressing your individual needs with empathy and expertise.

Transparent Pricing

We believe in transparency and honesty. Our pricing structure is clear, with no hidden fees, ensuring you know exactly what to expect.

Cutting-Edge Facilities

We offer top-notch and safe healthcare services for women, using advanced technology.

Convenient Appointment Booking

Swift access to reproductive healthcare is essential. We offer same-day appointment booking options for your convenience.

Choose Well Women Clinic for compassionate, expert care for your period-related concerns. Experience the difference with our dedicated team and advanced facilities, ensuring you receive the highest quality of care for a healthier, happier life.


How common is heavy menstrual bleeding?
Heavy menstrual bleeding is quite common among women.
When is menstrual bleeding considered “heavy”?
Needing to change a tampon or pad every less than 2 hours or passing clots more significant than a quarter indicates heavy menstrual bleeding.
How can heavy menstrual bleeding affect my health?
Heavy menstrual bleeding can cause iron deficiency anaemia due to excessive blood loss.
Why is my period heavy and painful?
Heavy and painful periods can occur due to various reasons, including hormonal imbalances, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, or pelvic inflammatory disease.
What can I do to reduce period pain?
To reduce period pain, consider taking pain relievers, using heat therapy, practicing relaxation techniques, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Can painful periods affect my ability to have children?
Painful periods usually do not directly affect fertility, but underlying conditions might.
Does exercise help with painful periods?
Yes, exercise can help reduce painful periods by promoting blood flow, reducing stress, and releasing endorphins, natural pain relievers.
How long does heavy period pain last?
The duration of heavy period pain varies for everyone, but it typically lasts for the duration of the menstrual cycle, which is around 5 to 7 days.
What foods cause heavy periods?
Foods high in saturated fats, processed foods, sugary snacks, caffeine, and alcohol can contribute to heavy periods.
Is period pain different after having a baby?
Period pain can change after having a baby. Some women may experience less severe cramping, while others may notice no significant difference.