Period pain may be common but it is not normal!

So, what causes painful periods? If we have ruled out infections, fibroids, cysts or endometriosis, common period pain is often caused by prostaglandins. These chemical messengers signal contraction of the uterus, when causes cramping and pain. Underlying inflammation is often a trigger for these prostaglandins to be released in higher-than-ideal quantities. Functional medicine provides an individualized approach to identify the underlying reasons for painful periods, from inflammation, infections, adrenal dysfunction, nutrient deficiencies and other hormonal imbalances.