The link between progesterone and period pains is established by much anecdotal evidence. Also known as dysmenorrhea, these pains used to be regarded as psychological or 'all in the mind' because no physical or hormonal cause could be found. The pain is very real and is now acknowledged to be an imbalance of hormones. Endometriosis also causes pain at menstruation.
When considering the relationship of progesterone and period pains bear in mind there are two kinds of such pain...
Ovulation pain which occurs in the middle of the month is a mild cramping on one or other side of the abdomen. It is thought that it is caused by the contractions of the Fallopian tube as the egg makes its way down to the uterus. Sometimes this is associated with a slight vaginal discharge or bleeding.
The problem has been overcome in many cases by the supplemental use of progesterone. This is best administered as a skin cream. Many women have found relief within 20 minutes after rubbing the cream onto their tummys. As omega 3 essential fatty acid is extremely effective at inhibiting prostaglandins - 15 to 75ml/day should also be taken.
To find out more about progesterone therapy in general and how it benefits health issues other than period pains, please click here.