cramps/ period pains
Poly cystic ovarian
cramps/ period pains
The monthly menstrual
cycle for a lot of women can be painful, in some cases
severely painful, to the extent of needing medication
and preventing them from doing their routine work.
In homeopathy, there is sure and excellent treatment
for menstrual cramps.
The condition, called Dysmenorrhea, can begin at menarche-
the age at which a girl first attains periods; and
continues right through to the menopausal age. While
there is mostly no underlying pathology in most cases,
secondary Dysmenorrhea is a symptom of a preexisting
disease. The most common cause of secondary Dysmenorrhea
is endometriosis, ovarian cysts, and a copper IUD.
there are two types of Dysmenorrhea; congestive and
spasmodic. The pains in spasmodic Dysmenorrhea are
very severe, and are almost as bad as labor pains.
This condition is recurrent with every period, and
generally subsides after the woman goes through childbirth.
Congestive Dysmenorrhea tends to be slightly less
severe in intensity, but is still debilitating, and
continues right through. PMS symptoms may also accompany
and aggravate this condition.
The intensity of symptoms varies from person to person
and from one period to another. The pain, mostly cramping
pain, comes on in the abdominal region, the low back,
and can extend to the thighs and legs. The pain is
disabling, preventing the person from doing their
regular work at home, or going to work. There may
be nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and headache with severe
pain. Fatigue and high irritability are also common.
There may be excessive blood loss during the period,
a condition called menorrhagia, which can co-exist
with the pain.
Hot fomentation - can reduce the level of pain.
Practice of yogasanas to tone the uterus, and relieve
the back or abdominal cramp.
Homeopathic medication is very effective in curing
this problem. The chronic treatment, given after taking
a detailed medical and gynecological history, cures
this condition. Painless periods can be achieved within
3-6 cycles of beginning treatment, while the relief
in the intensity of symptoms is seen within a few
weeks of starting treatment.
Acute medication is also given to relieve the pain,
which are extremely effective, and minus the side
effects of increasing the nausea and vomiting. The
medication acts to relieve the spasms or cramps immediately,
allowing the person to continue with their routine
These are a combination of physical and emotional
symptoms, which can vary in intensity between cycles.
The symptoms begin post ovulation and last till
the onset of the period. The symptoms are attributed
to the change in the hormonal levels. These symptoms
can become exaggerated with irregular menses, during
menopause, and with underlying conditions like PCOD.
The emotional symptoms can be varied and range from
excessive anger and irritability, to anxiety and
depression, tension, crying, oversensitivity, and
exaggerated mood swings.
These symptoms can be severe when complicated with
mental or emotional stress, aggravating the condition.
The physical symptoms are - Fatigue and bloating
or water retention. Tenderness or pain in breasts.
Acne and greasy or very dry skin. Appetite changes
with food cravings. Headaches or migraines can aggravate
during this period, as can gastric symptoms. Back
aches and cramps can also occur.
This is best treated with Homeopathic medication
which can cure the symptoms along with the underlying
hormonal disturbance, without the need for anti
depressants or hormonal therapy.
Irregular menses is a common problem. This can
be of two types. One is delayed and scanty menses-
the cycles are prolonged with the periods occurring
once in 2-6 months, with scanty flow. This is common
after menarche, and in women in the twenties.
The cause can be anemia, poly cystic ovarian disease
(PCOD), hypo thyroid condition etc. This may also
occur due to anxiety or stress related problems.
In PCOD, the ovarian secretion of hormones is disturbed
due to the multiple cysts, affecting the cycle.
This is a common condition especially in young women,
which when untreated for a long time, can lead to
difficulty in conceiving.
Treating the underlying condition can correct the
problem of irregular menses. Homeopathic medication
is given to regularize the cycle, and correct the
flow. The underlying condition can also be treated
with Homeopathic medication, relieving the condition
and hence the symptoms of the irregular menstruation.
This is frequent menses, with heavy flow, which
is prolonged. The cycle can occur every 15 days,
with heavy flow lasting for 7-15 days. This is common
at the onset of menopause and during its course.
This can be due to uterine disease, like fibroids
of the uterus, bulky uterus etc. Excessive tiredness
and backache are common symptoms as a result of
the prolonged flow.
It is important to address this issue immediately
to prevent anemia and other complications. Homeopathic
medicines offer a very good alternate treatment
to surgery. The need for hysterectomy or removal
of the uterus can be prevented with the medication.
Fibroids regress with the treatment and recurrence,
and the symptoms from the fibroids can be prevented.
The constitutional homeopathic treatment is good
for preventing and treating these conditions.
Uterine fibroids are tumors or lumps made of muscle
cells and other tissue that grow within the wall
of the uterus. Fibroids may grow as a single tumor
or in clusters.
A single fibroid can be less than one inch in size
or can grow to eight inches across or more. A bunch
or cluster of fibroids can also vary in size.
Most fibroids grow within the wall of the uterus.
Fibroids are put into three groups based on where
they grow, Sub mucosal fibroids grow just underneath
the uterine lining, Intramural fibroids grow in
between the muscles of the uterus, Subserosal fibroids.
Following menopause, when estrogen is no longer
produced, tumors tend to shrink and even disappear.
Obesity and hypertension increase the risk of fibroids.
Fibroids grow when taking birth control pills containing
The condition is many times asymptomatic. The symptoms
may show up when the fibroid is of a significant
• painful periods
• prolonged and heavy menstrual bleeding (which
may lead to iron deficiency or anemia)
• more frequent or uncomfortable urination
caused by pressure on the bladder
• feeling of fullness or pressure in the lower
• pelvic pain
• Infertility or miscarriage in younger women.
regular practice of yoga helps in improving the
general health of the uterus. Yogasanas aimed at
the abdomen and pelvis helps in maintaining the
circulation to the uterus and the ovaries thereby
creating a balance of the hormones.
The first focus would be on reducing the excessive
menstrual flow and the symptoms. Certain tinctures
help in controlling the blood loss immediately.
Long term management-
The constitutional treatment aims at reducing the
further growth of the fibroid and prevents the appearance
of new ones. In due course of time the existing
fibroids decrease in size and disappear.
The surgical removal of the fibroid or the uterus
is not necessary, and the condition is treated with
cystic ovarian disease- PCOD
Polycystic ovary disease or syndrome (PCOS) is
a disorder in which many benign cysts form on the
ovaries. Cysts are fluid-filled sacs that result
from ovulation cycles. It is most common in women
in their twenties and late teens.
Imbalance of the LH (luteinizing hormone) and FSH
(follicle-stimulating hormone) hormones prevents
the ovaries from releasing an egg each month. The
ovaries produce more of the male hormone testosterone.
They continue to produce oestrogen but not progesterone.
• Women with polycystic ovaries start having
menstrual periods at a normal age. After a year
or two of regular menstruation, the periods become
quite irregular and infrequent.
• Irregular menstrual periods, long cycles
– periods may occur once in 2- 3 months.
• The flow during the period is scanty or
• excessive hair on the upper lip, chin, chest
and lower abdomen
• Severe acne before period
• Tenderness and or pain in the breasts can
indicate simultaneous cysts in the breasts.
• Obesity may be a resultant condition
• Some women may have difficulty conceiving,
and some cases may lead to infertility. Many women
with PCOD have no trouble conceiving though and
the condition can improve post delivery.
Confirmed diagnosis is through an ultrasound scan
and blood tests to check hormone levels
Medication is given to regulate the cycles. The
medication does not contain hormones or steroids.
Within 2-5 months of beginning medication, the cycles
start to be regular. The periods are tracked and
the treatment is tapered down as they get regular.
The other effects, like acne, cysts in the breasts,
and hormonal imbalance improve simultaneously.
Inability to conceive even after 1year of unprotected
sex is called infertility.
Some of the most basic obstacles to conception are-
Inability to asses the fertile period due to irregular
cycles, recurrent urinary tract infections and acrid
vaginal discharge, which needs to be treated, while
on treatment for anxiety or depression.
The causes of infertility are pathology or disease
in the genital system in the male or female. PCOD,
uterine fibroids, tubal block are common causes.
In males azoospermia, and hormonal disturbance can
be the lading cause. Underlying medical conditions
like anemia, hormonal disorders, or thyroid conditions
can also cause infertility.
Conception is the process of the union of the sperm
and ovum, which then gets implanted into the uterus.
To asses the fertile period – The few days
before, during and after ovulation are a woman's
"fertile period" - the time when she can
become pregnant. The ovum is released from the ovaries
every month at a certain time in the menstrual cycle.
To count the cycle- A cycle is counted from the
first day of one period (menstruation) to the first
day of the next. An average cycle is 28 days, but
anywhere from 23 to 35 days is normal. The day when
bleeding starts is counted as the first day of a
given cycle. The ovulation in a 28-day cycle would
be day 14. Because the lengths of menstrual cycles
vary, many women ovulate earlier or later than day
14 of the cycle.
Ideal time to conceive- To successfully conceive,
it is best to have intercourse in the fertile period
starting at about 2-3 days before ovulation. Usually,
the fertile period in a woman, with a 28 days cycle,
extends from day 11 to day 18. It is important to
keep a track of the periods.
Ensuring a healthy
and natural conception
One of the most common reasons for the not conceiving,
in the absence of a diagnosable medical condition
is when either or both partners are working with
hectic schedules, are under stress and also have
a lack of sleep and lack of good nutrition. This
can bring the desire to intercourse down, resulting
in a hormonal and chemical imbalance in the body.
It is important that both the partners are relaxed,
and not feel tenser with the pressure of wanting
Homeopathic treatment for infertility is very effective,
showing a very good rate of fertility after treatment.
The advantage also is the lack of side effects,
so that besides treating the specific condition,
the treatment makes one healthier in the process.
It is absolutely safe, and has no adverse effects
on the resulting pregnancy or the fetus.
The treatment for infertility in homeopathy is focused
on dealing with the cause for infertility such as,
abnormal vaginal discharges, irregular periods etc.
PCOD, fibroids, hormonal disorders, and thyroid
conditions can also be treated with Homeopathy.
As these problems are set right, the conception
can be planned.
Where there is no diagnosable disease, the treatment
given is the constitutional treatment, based on
the on the body type of the individual, which corrects
any abnormalities in the Neuro-endocrine-chemical
balance of the body, and setting the abnormal processes
right. Homeopathic treatment is used to ensure a
healthy conception and pregnancy and is aimed at
improving the immunity of the person, and can be
given to both spouses.