Acupuncture has a proven and positive effect in regulating menstrual cycles therefore, women suffering with painful periods symptoms either disappear or are reduced. Treatments can even help to bring back periods.
Painful periods (also known as dysmenorrhea) are painful cramps originating from the uterus before or during menstruation. There are two groups: primary dysmenorrhea has no underlying cause while secondary dysmenorrhea results from underlying conditions such as endometriosis or fibroids.
Symptoms of dysmenorrhea can include pain radiating to lower back or thighs, nausea, vomiting, sweating or even dizziness. It is thought painful periods tend to reduce after the birth of the first child, this may be due to increased blood flow to the uterus area or stretching of the uterus.
Acupuncture can help by stimulating nerves in lower region as a result reducing pain by the release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors. It can reduce uterine contractions by relaxing smooth muscle.