Can your menstrual cramps predict dental pain?

/Can your menstrual cramps predict dental pain?

Can your menstrual cramps predict dental pain?

My HormonologyBefore you head to the dentist, think about how intense your menstrual cramps typically are every month. Are they mild? Moderate? Severe?

Your answer about how much menstrual pain you experience may predict how much pain you’ll feel from your dental procedure and how long the discomfort will last.

That’s the word from a 2014 study out of China that found women with mild cramps experience significantly less dental pain and get over the discomfort far faster than women with moderate or severe cramps.

The researchers theorize that women with more painful cramps probably produce more pain-signaling prostaglandins, making them more sensitive to pain triggers.

So, what does this mean for you? Knowing ahead of time what your level of sensitivity is can help you prevent unnecessary pain.

For instance, if you have moderate to severe cramps, let your dentist know that you may have more pain sensitivity. That way, she can take extra precautions to reduce discomfort, perhaps, by using a stronger anesthetic or spacing out dental work over time rather than doing a big, complex procedure all at once.

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By | 2017-04-22T12:01:45+00:00 July 2nd, 2014|health, hormonology tip|0 Comments

About the Author:

Gabrielle Lichterman, founder of Hormonology® and a longtime women’s health journalist, pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and know more about all the ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior. This movement was launched in 2005 with Gabrielle's groundbreaking book, 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential, and her creation of Hormonology®. She offers a variety of tools--including her popular free Hormone Horoscope® app, eBooks, infographics, videos and tips--to share vital information about hormones.

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