Un-Talked-About Truth: Period Pain

Dr. Secor has been a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in Women’s Health for over 40 years and here’s what she can say about women’s period pain:

    1. Maybe normal or not (Physiologic, Primary or Secondary dysmenorrhea).

    2. Often improves with age, having babies and certain birth control methods such as oral contraceptives, the 3 month Depo Provera injection, the 5-year intrauterine contraceptive (Mirena or Kyleena).

    3. If it is worsening there may be underlying pathologies like endometriosis, STI (Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, PID), or various other conditions.

    4. Abnormal period pain is NOT easily relieved with over the counter medications like Ibuprofen (Advil) or Naproxen (Aleve). 
    5. The earlier pain medication is taken the more effective it is. Once the pain is severe the over the counter pain medications often do not work as well.
    6. Young women may seek care for “period pain” when they are actually looking for birth control and may already be having unprotected sex and be at risk for pregnancy and/or STIs.


Available for Interviews: Dr. Mimi Secor

Dr. Mimi Secor
 is a popular National Speaker and Consultant, educating advanced practice clinicians and consumers around the country and the world. She is the author of the book, Debut a New You: Transforming Your Life at Any Age.

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