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Period pain consists of an abdominal pain that women experience during their menstrual cycle, with the pain being most severe on the heaviest day of bleeding. The degree of pain may vary with each cycle, with some women experiencing little to no pain whilst others experience severe pain that disrupts their daily tasks. The pain can be a short, sharp spasm or a long, dull ache.
Menstruation is a result of the uterus lining breaking down. The body releases chemicals known as prostaglandins, which cause the muscles in the womb to contract and tighten in order to squeeze out the unneeded uterus lining. The contraction results in period pains.
Lower back pain
Cramps in the lower abdomen
Nausea or vomiting
How can I manage my period pain?
You can take anti-inflammatory painkillers such as ibuprofen or aspirin. Exercise such as swimming, walking or cycling can aid in reducing the pain and a hot bath or shower can help to relax the muscles. Many people find that placing a hot water bottle on the abdomen also helps to ease the cramps.