having menstrual pain and using calcium to help it go away
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Using Calcium to aid in Menstrual Pain

I have dealt with menstrual pain as far back as I can remember. My periods were heavy and painful during high school.

Menstrual cycles change over the years along when your body changes and ages.

Women shouldn’t believe doctors when they say that painful periods are something that you just need to “deal with.”

Uterine pain during menstruation is not, and should not be called normal.

Any pain your body experiences is NOT normal!

Try thinking of pain this way; stubbing a toe or breaking a bone, that’s pretty painful and obviously isn’t normal. So what makes having pain during your cycle normal either?

Doctors prescribing birth control isn’t the solution either.

Through the years, I have tried a lot of different medicine to prevent menstrual pain. A lot of time over-the-counter (OTC) medicine wouldn’t work and would make me sick.

I noticed that I would get a stomach ache with any type of pain medication, and so I started listening to my body and learned it was either what I was eating or the medicine I was taking.

I was caught in this dilemma; either take the medicine to be pain free for a few hours AND have a stomach ache, OR not take any medicine, be in pain and not be sick to my stomach. I would take the latter.

Talking to my mom one day and she suggested calcium. The next time I had menstrual pain I was going to try it.

It couldn’t make it hurt worse could it? Sure enough, it actually took away the pain, but only for about an hour. Throughout the rest of the day I ended up needing about 3-4, and that seemed to be just what I needed.

The dosage was anywhere from 600mg to 1200mg. I’ve heard a lot of people complain and talk about the potency of vitamins and minerals varying from brand to brand because they aren’t regulated by the FDA. During my pregnancy with Kason I took Calcium Citrate (630 mg), which included Vitamin D3 (500 IU), to help with muscle cramps.

So, is it bad to take a lot of calcium while on your period?

To be honest, I don’t think so. Doing it every day of the month like that would pose a problem.

I recently read an article stating we should be more concerned with the non natural products (processed foods for example), than vitamins and minerals. Having too little or too much can cause health problems.

Doing a bit more research I found that women’s bodies get deprived of nutrients right before your cycle begins, which is the major cause of PMS. I’m not entirely sure how the body gets deprived of those nutrients, maybe prepping the egg for fertilization, or the hormones Estrogen and Progesterone, but it sure happens every month.

Disclaimer: Though I’m not an expert, I have done what works for me. I started listening to my body and started trying natural remedies instead of over-the-counter medications. Listen to your body, do what works best for you and consult a health professional for proper dosing. 

Sources:
http://thescienceofeating.com/2016/01/25/symptoms-of-calcium-deficiency/
https://www.algaecal.com/research/pms-treatment/
http://escholarship.org/uc/item/4gp7n7rf#page-1


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