There is an old adage saying that you will not suffer the menstrual pain after giving birth. Well, I beg to differ….
I have been enduring menstrual pain ever since my adolescence years. Even after I got married, the pain was still there. I experienced menstrual pain for 2 times before I finally got pregnant as advised by the gynae. Being pregnant was truly the best time in my life as I did not suffer the excruciating pain for almost 10 months. The appeasement continued for several months only before I began to experience the pain again. Only this time, it was much lesser.
The pain is still there. Never fail to encounter it monthly even though my daughter is 11months now. It feels like enduring the contraction at 3 ~ 4 cm. More often than not, the cramps would take place on the first 2 days and it usually subsides as menstruation tapers off.
Hence, I went for an appointment with the gynae at DEMC yesterday. The medical term for menstrual cramps is Dysmenorrhea. I won’t expound on the medical details as I am not a medicine student. So I Googled and found this instead:-Painful menstrual periods fall into two groups, depending on the cause:
- Primary dysmenorrhea
- Secondary dysmenorrhea
Secondary dysmenorrhea is menstrual pain that develops later, in women who have had normal periods, and is often related to problems in the uterus or other pelvic organs, such as:
- Intrauterine device (IUD) made of copper
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Sexually transmitted infection
- Stress and anxiety
I don’t know what the heck is listed above but I think I fall under Primary Dysmenorrhea. The doctor confirmed my womb is fine, no cyst and it is healthy.
My salient point today is knowing the naked truth about menstrual pain. It won’t go away. You are considered very lucky if your pain vanish after post-natal. The doctor explained that there are measurements to tolerate and comprehend the pain. Consuming ponstant is one of the apparent options.
Her final recommendation was suggesting pregnancy. She is right though; I did not endure the pain during pregnancy. Another note from doctor was women with Dysmenorrhea usually experience infertility. She even said I was so lucky to conceive in short period of time. Thus, she suggest it is best for me to conceive as early and as often as I can (as often..? Apakah...?) while I am given the opportunity to bear a child. She warned me though prolonging the thought might lead me to disappointments.
I felt so murky afterwards. My thoughts whither with laden.