7 Ways to Ease Chronic Menopause Pelvic Pain
Are you dealing with menopause pelvic pain? Many women will experience pain and discomfort during their menstrual cycle. However, some get it worse than others. Women who experience chronic pelvic pain (CPP), find that they must deal with consistent soreness in the pelvic region, lasting for up to 6-months at a time.
There are several reasons for the onset of this condition. From digestive disorders to urinary and reproductive problems – there are plenty of reasons you're dealing with the emergence of CPP. If you have pelvic pain that lasts for more than a few days, and you aren't on your menstrual cycle, book a consultation with your doctor.
Your doctor will run you through a series of tests to determine the cause of your pain. It may take them several consultations and weeks or months of testing to find the root cause of the issue. However, that's not going to help your pain symptoms in the meantime.
To help you overcome the pain associated with CPP, doctors may prescribe any of these seven forms of treatment for CPP pain management.
If you notice pain and cramping occurring, then over-the-counter medications are the first step in battling the symptoms of your condition. Motrin, Advil, or other OTC drugs containing ibuprofen help to reduce inflammation in the pelvis. Tylenol is another good OTC choice for pain management.
However, if you experience persistent CPP symptoms lasting for longer than a week, it's time to visit your doctor for a script. Don't take any OTC medications for longer than 7-days, unless otherwise instructed to do so by your doctor. Some OTC medications can damage your organs with prolonged use.
For prolonged CPP cases, your doctor will prescribe pain killers and treatment protocols that allow for extended use without damaging your internal organs or jeopardizing your health.
When you're writhing in pain due to the onset of CPP, the last thing you probably feel like doing is moving around. It's tempting to lie on your bed and cry. However, by moving around, you loosen the pelvic muscles, allowing the fibers to stretch. As a result, you might notice a lessening in your pain symptoms as the tissues and ligaments get some mobility.
Moving your hips and your abdomen around helps to loosen the muscles and ligaments. It will feel a bit sore at first, but after a minute, you'll notice a reduction in your pain symptoms. The movement increases circulation, providing blood to the affected area to help reduce the pain symptoms.
Women dealing with CPP cases where their symptoms are mild have no excuse to get out and get some exercise. You'll feel discomfort as your star, but this will subside as your hips and abdomen warm up.
CPP occurs due to the tightening of the tissues and muscles in the pelvic region, leading to spasms and cramps occurring. To get your blood moving, we recommend running a warm bath (not too hot) add 2-cups of Epsom salts to the bathwater, along with a few drops of lavender essential oil.
The Epsom salts contain magnesium, which absorbs through your skin. The magnesium helps to reduce the symptoms of cramping and pain associated with CPP. Lie in the water until the pain dissipates and towel off gently after exiting the tub.
Make Lifestyle Changes
How we live our lives and the choices we make with our health play a significant role in our well-being. If you're dealing with the painful effects of CPP, then it's time to analyze your lifestyle choices. We recommend you cut smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol out of your life.
Nicotine – the active ingredient in cigarettes inflames the nervous system, triggering sensations of pain. Alcohol also causes a wave of inflammation to sweep across the body, intensifying pain symptoms.
You need to do everything you can to reduce systemic inflammation in your body. Eating foods containing refined carbohydrates, like sugar products, causes a massive spike in your body's inflammation markers. This inflammation spreads from the digestive system throughout the body, causing a wave of issues in every other biological system.
Skip the candy, sugary soda, and fast food. Focus on eating clean, and you'll find you start to lose weight. Excess body weight places pressure on the pelvis, exacerbating your pain symptoms. By returning to a healthy BMI, you'll dramatically reduce pain symptoms associated with CPP.
Supplement Your Diet
We can't get all the nutrients we need from our food to maintain a healthy body. It's for this reason that supplementing your diet with a multivitamin, additional vitamin D3, and magnesium is critical to maintaining good health.
Before you decide to integrate supplements into your diet, run them past your doctor. Some people have adverse reactions to supplementing with vitamin D, so get some medical advice before you waste money on supplements you can't use.
Some of our favorite OTC supplements for combating the effects of CPP include the following.
- Dong Quai (Chinese medicinal herbs)
- Licorice root powder or extract
- Evening primrose oil
- Willow bark
All these products assist with lowering inflammation. However, remember to run them past your doctor before you add them to your diet.
When you start to notice the onset of pain symptoms associated with CPP, try relaxing on your bed, and control your breathing.
Breathe in deeply for 2-seconds, and then exhale slowly for 7-seconds. By extending your exhalation, you activate the lymphatic system. The LS helps to regulate pain, reducing the impact of the spasms and cramps.
Red Light Therapy
RLT involves the use of a red light device to stimulate energy production at a cellular level. By running a red light device over your pelvis, you let the light waves penetrate 10mm into your skin, rejuvenating the muscles and ligaments.
With regular red light therapy every other day, you can dramatically mitigate your pain and the duration and intensity of your symptoms. Book a consultation with a wellness center near you, and see the difference for yourself.