It’s common, it’s a normal part of your
menstrual cycle, its period pain. Period pain is usually felt as painful muscle
cramps in the tummy which can spread to your back and thighs. It sometimes comes
in intense spasms and other times it might be more dull and constant. Period
pain can also vary with each period sometimes you might have no period pains
or a little bit of discomfort and other times it might be quite painful. In most cases, period pain is mild enough to treat with ibuprofen, aspirin or
paracetamol. A warm bath, shower or hot water bottle could help to relieve the
pain. Massaging the stomach or going for a walk or a swim or a bit of yoga are
also really good ideas. Smoking is thought to increase the risk of period
pain so if you smoke think about quitting. Period pain happens when the
muscular wall of the womb contracts. Contractions are usually so mild that
you can’t feel them but when you have your monthly period the contractions
become stronger to encourage into the womb lining to shed. This temporarily
cuts off the blood and oxygen supply to your womb which causes a release of
chemicals that trigger pain. Your body also produces prostaglandins that
encourage the muscles to contract more further increasing the pain. We don’t
know why some people experience more period pain than others. If you start to have severe period pain or if your periods become heavier or more irregular
you should see a GP. Sometimes period pain can be caused by an underlying
medical condition like endometriosis fibroids or pelvic inflammatory disease.
It’s also important to know that some contraception like the copper coil can
make your period pains worse.

9 thoughts on “How to deal with period pain | NHS”

  1. Seeing her in the bath @ 0:36 remind me that some of the NHS staff need to improve their cleanliness, or rather lack of it.

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