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Menstrual cramps are classified as primary dysmenorrhea or secondary dysmenorrhea. Your average case of menstrual cramps is referred to as primary dysmenorrhea, meaning they are due to a functional mechanism such as abnormal prostaglandin production from the uterine endometrium, especially PGF 2 alpha, increased inflammatory substances or lack of ovulation. Secondary dysmenorrhea is due to […]

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Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is defined as the cyclic physical symptoms and mood change which start sometime from mid-cycle to the end of the menses but then ends either with the onset of menses or by the end of menses. Changes in neurotransmitters and prostaglandins are the primary physiological issues of PMS. Curcumin studies demonstrate its […]

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Heavy menstrual bleeding is one of the more common gynecological reasons why women come to their health care provider. The experience and results of heavy menstrual bleeding can greatly impact quality of life just due to frequency of needing to attend to bleeding protection in the bathroom, restricting her desire or ability to go out […]

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Menstrual cramps are one of most common menstrual related problems that women face. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDS) are the most common self-treatment that women use, but they don’t always work adequately or at all, and some women have side effects from them. I have written previous blogs on natural solutions for menstrual cramps, including ginger and […]

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This double-blinded, placebo-controlled randomized clinical trial evaluated the efficacy and safety of green tea extract on uterine fibroid burden and quality of life in reproductive aged women with symptomatic uterine fibroids. A total of 39 reproductive aged women ages 18-50 y.o. with symptomatic uterine fibroids were recruited. Eligible women included those with a follicle-stimulating hormone […]

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I’ve reported before on another ginger study in menstrual cramps. This current study included 105 Iranian women who were at least 18 years old who had moderate-to-severe primary dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps without an organic cause). Scoring was rated in a 4 grade system: grade 0 = pain free menses; grade 1 = painful menses but […]

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Something as simple as vitamin D can help some with menstrual cramps. A recent study included 40 women ages 18-40 who had menstrual cramps for at least four consecutive months within the previous 6 months and who had a blood level of vitamin D < 45 ng/mL. None of the women were taking calcium, vitamin […]

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The cause of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is not convincingly known, and continued exploration into possible dietary associations goes on. Investigators conducted a study nested within the Nurses’ Health Study, a very large group of women who provide biennial reports on their diet and lifestyle and health status. The possible association of dietary B vitamin intake […]

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Chaste tree berry has been a very important plant for premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. There are numerous studies that demonstrate this, and I have reported previously on the use of chaste tree berry for PMS. A very specific PMS use for chaste tree is for cyclical mastalgia, also called premenstrual breast pain/tender/lumpiness. […]

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The results of a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover trial using St. John’s Wort for PMS sufferers were recently published. 36 women with regular menstrual cycles who were diagnosed with mild PMS were randomly assigned to receive St. John’s Wort tablets (900 mg/day and standardized to 0.18% hypericin and 3.38% hyperforin) or placebo for two menstrual […]

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