Period pain occurs because of stronger and more uncomfortable uterus contractions and can result in pain in the lower abdomen, back and legs. It is common for women to suffer from period pain.
Symptoms of Period Pain
Pain and cramping during menstrual periods are the most common symptoms of period pain. Some women may experience these a day before their period starts. Cramps usually last between one to three days, but this can vary with each period and each person.
If there has been a change to your period pain (such as it feels more painful, or lasts longer than normal), seek advice from your doctor.
Relieving and Managing Period Pain11
You can help reduce period pain by trying the following:
- Gentle exercise, such as swimming or cycling, can help ease the pain
- Stretching exercises, such as yoga or platies, can help reduce your feelings of stress and tension. They can also increase your circulation and flexibility, help ease cramps, and improves sleep patterns.
- Apply a heat pad or hot water bottle to the painful area, or try having a warm bath or shower. This can relax the muscles of the uterus.
- Massage the painful area gently (lower back / legs)
- If you are in pain, get advice from your doctor on medicines you can take12.
- Most period pain can be treated with an analgesic like Advil. The active ingredient in Advil can help block the pain causing chemicals associated with period pain.
- Menstruation – Pain (Dysmenorrhoea). Better Health Channel VIC.https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/menstruation-pain-dysmenorrhoea[Accessed 22 February 2016]
- Health Direct Australia. Painful Periods. 2015. [Accessed 19 November 2015] https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/painful-periods