The world's first virtual period pain clinic has been launched to help sufferers identify the root cause of the problem and better manage their symptoms.
But despite this, many women and assigned female at birth (AFAB) individuals suffer in silence, with 57% saying period pains have impacted their ability to work.
Experts believe that menstrual pain is a profound health concern and that chronic pain sufferers need attention, support, and faster access to effective medical interventions.
That's why gynaecological health start up Daye has created the Period Pain Clinic (PPC) to help women understand and manage their period pain more effectively.
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In collaboration with NHS GPs, gynaecologists and chronic pelvic pain specialists, the service conducts a thorough assessment of a patient's symptoms and offers private consultations with a range of specialists.
The idea is that the virtual clinic will be able to provide a faster diagnosis of the root cause of period pain and identify conditions such as endometriosis, adenomyosis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), fibroids, and other conditions associated with chronic pelvic pain.
The experts, which include sexual health nurses, gynaecologists, pelvic pain and fertility specialists, can also address other connected and largely unmanaged symptoms, including infertility, hair loss, obesity, and severe acne.
Patients will also be provided with recommended symptom management tools including prescribed CBD (cannabidiol) tampons, TENS machines, pelvic floor trainers, acupuncture, hormonal contraception.
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Commenting on the new launch Valentina Milanova, founder of Daye, says: “Like so many others, I've faced the dismissal of my period pain by medical professionals. My own experiences with ovarian cysts and the resultant pain were dismissed time and again. This led me to accept debilitating period pain as an unchangeable reality of my life."
But Milanova believes things need to change.
“Nobody’s menstrual pain should be dismissed, which is why we launched our Period Pain Clinic to ensure that nobody has to suffer in silence or be in the dark about the cause or management of their menstrual pain.
“This launch marks an important milestone in advancing the way we diagnose and treat gynaecological health conditions and a significant step towards not only redefining the narrative surrounding periods but also empowering millions of women and AFAB individuals to better understand, manage, and challenge the status quo surrounding their monthly pain.”
Dr Melanie Bone, gynaecologist feels like it is time to address the chronic pain many women are currently suffering with a modern solution.
“Women and AFAB individuals can go years without seeking a cause for their period pain, accepting it as an inevitable feature of their monthly cycle," she explains. "Yet period pain can be caused by a number of serious conditions, such as endometriosis and PCOS, which can cause additional complications further down the line if left untreated.
“The launch of Daye’s Period Pain Clinic should help women to understand that period pain does not have to be an agonising fact of life. By understanding the causes, women will be able to get the help required to better manage their pain and drastically improve their quality of life.”