Painful Periods – Gynecology Specialists of Utah – Ogden Regional Medical Center

(lighthearted music) – I’m Doctor Amber Bradshaw, I’m a Minimally Invasive Gynecologist. (lighthearted music) So, a lot of women actually
have painful periods. Cramping is just part
of the bodies reaction to try to get the blood out of the uterus. And I think it ranges, some
women have just a few cramps, and some women have debilitating cramps and need to leave school or work. And what to do about them just depends on how much it’s affecting your life. First line of treatment is Ibuprofen, which interacts with some of the chemicals your body develops to make the cramps. And if that doesn’t work then
usually birth control pills, plus the Ibuprofen, will help most women decrease their painful periods. Painful periods can be
caused by endometriosis or adenomyosis, which is
when the endometrial lining grows into the muscle of the uterus. Surgical options would depend on if they’re done with childbearing. So if a woman is completely done, and they’re having painful
periods I can’t control with medications, then we would consider going in and treating any
endometriosis that we might find. Or, if it’s adenomyosis,
then they can be treated with a hysterectomy. I think that painful periods, whether or not it affects fertility, just depends on the reason. If it’s endometriosis, yes, that’s known to cause infertility. If it’s just that you
have painful periods, and that’s just how it is,
and there’s no endometriosis or anything else going on, then
it shouldn’t affect fertility. (lighthearted music)

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