Painful Periods

Pain is the most common problem most women experience during their periods. This pain is usually described as crampy pain in the tummy and can spread to the back and the thighs.

The pain can vary from one woman to another and also with every cycle. However most of the time, it is often relieved by simple painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.

What causes period pain?

A lot of the time, pain during periods is part of a natural process which causes the womb to contract so as to be able to expel the lining which comes out as the menstrual flow. However, this pain can be worsened by conditions such as fibroids and other conditions affecting the womb.

What can I do to manage this problem?

Taking pain medication such as Ibuprofen, Aspirin or Naproxen can help to reduce the pain. You can also ask your doctor about Mefenamic acid which is a similar medication as the above but can also help to reduce the menstrual blood loss.

If you are do not experience relief with the usual pain medication, you should see your doctor who will assess your further and might request a few tests.

Contraceptive tablets can also be helpful to reduce period pain in addition to reducing menstrual blood loss.