How to Deal with Menstrual Pain Using Calcium

I deal with menstrual pain, and I have as far back as I can remember. When I was in high school my periods were heavy and painful. One time I had to get a hold of my dad (who was 2,000 miles away), because I couldn’t get a hold of my mom, to excuse me from school due to extreme menstrual pain. I was on the floor crying because the medicine I had taken wasn’t working. Shortly after that incident, I was prescribed birth control to help deal with painful, heavy periods.

Menstrual cycles change over the years along with how your body changes.

I have started learning that we women shouldn’t believe doctors when they say that painful periods are something that you just need to deal with. I’m sorry to say, but uterine pain during menstruation is not, and should not be called normal. Any pain your body experiences is NOT normal! Think of it this way, you stub your toe or break a bone, that is pain, and obviously that isn’t normal, so what makes having pain during your cycle normal either? I don’t think doctors prescribing birth control is the solution either.

I have tried a lot of different medicine to prevent menstrual pain/cramps. I finally got fed up with all of the over-the-counter medicine I was taking. A lot of times the medicine wouldn’t work.

I started noticing that I would get a stomach ache with any type of pain medication. 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 I take the medicine to be somewhat cramp free for a few hours and have a stomach ache or not take medicine, have serious cramps and not be sick to my stomach. I would take the latter.

I was talking to my mom one day and she said to try taking calcium. I tried it the next time I had menstrual pain. It couldn’t make it hurt worse could it? I mean I was already in pain. Sure enough, it actually took away the pain. But only for about an hour, then it started hurting again. Taking calcium wasn’t something where I take one calcium and the pain goes away for the rest of the day, I kept taking it at any sign of pain. I ended up taking about 3-4 throughout the day, and that seemed to be just what I needed.

The dosage was anywhere from 600mg to 1200mg. I just used what I had on hand, and didn’t buy from a fancy brand. I have heard from lots of people about the potency of vitamins and minerals varying from brand to brand and I know they aren’t regulated by the FDA. I took Calcium Citrate (630 mg), which included Vitamin D3 (500 IU), during my pregnancy to help with muscle cramps. Which was mainly to help with SI Joint pain.

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

I honestly don’t think so. You aren’t doing it every day of the month, but for a few days out of the month. I recently read that we should be more concerned with the non natural products (processed foods for example) that we’re eating than vitamins and minerals. Yes, we don’t want to not get enough or have too much, because health problems can arise with too much or too little.

After having taken it I started wondering what would be the reason why calcium works to take away menstrual pain. I started researching calcium, and found that women’s bodies get deprived of nutrients right before your cycle begins. Which is the majority cause of PMS symptoms. I’m not entirely sure how the body gets deprived of those nutrients (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:

https://www.algaecal.com/research/pms-treatment/
http://escholarship.org/uc/item/4gp7n7rf#page-1


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