What Causes Period Pain?
Most women experience period pain at some point in their lives. It’s common for period pain to start when you begin your period and last for two to three days. You may suffer from cramps around your stomach or a dull pain around your back and thighs.
Period pain usually occurs when your womb contracts to shed the lining. This prevents the usual flow of blood through nearby blood vessels, which can cause you pain and inflammation.
Simple changes to your lifestyle can help ease your period pain. If you keep fit and healthy throughout your menstrual cycle, it can really make a difference. Smoking may increase your risk of period pain, so it’s best to avoid it during your period or give it up completely. You can try to attempt gentle exercise as it can help to relieve pain and stress. Alternatively, you could consider relaxation techniques such as aromatherapy, massage, acupuncture, meditation and yoga. Heat helps to soothe any discomfort you may have, so try having warm baths or showers or apply hot water bottles and heat pads to painful areas on your body.
There are a range of specific drugs for period pain that are available over the counter. For example, Midol®† products and Maxidol®** are drugs that can help relieve your menstrual pain, and you can buy them without a prescription. To be sure a product is suitable for you, always read and follow the label.