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What Causes Menstrual Pain?

What is the menstrual cycle?

A woman’s menstrual cycle is a natural process that generally occurs once every month as the body prepares itself for a possible pregnancy. At the start of each cycle, the uterus begins to develop a soft lining of blood-rich tissue in preparation to receive an egg that will be released from the ovaries (this is called ovulation).29

If fertilized, the egg would develop into a baby. If fertilization does not occur, then the blood-rich lining of the uterus is shed, because it is no longer needed. This is called a period, or menstruation.29

Why menstrual pain occurs

During menstruation, it’s normal to experience some cramping pain in the lower abdomen, which may spread to the lower back and thighs. This is often referred to as period pain or 'dysmenorrhea'.30

The pain occurs as a result of the womb contracting (or squeezing) to remove the lining that it no longer needs, causing the uterus to compress nearby blood vessels and briefly cut off the oxygen supply to the uterus. This causes the release of chemicals such as prostaglandins, which are known to be involved in period pain.30

Most women have some pain during periods. The pain is often mild but, in about 10% –15% women, the pain is severe enough to affect day-to-day activities such as school or work attendance.30,31

No one really knows why some women are more prone to period pain than others. Some period pain is caused by underlying medical conditions like endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease. It is also thought that some women have a buildup of prostaglandins, causing more severe period pain.30

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Tips for managing menstrual pain

Here are a few tips to help ease period pain:

  • Heat: Applying heat to the abdomen can help ease menstrual pain. Try placing a heat pad or hot water bottle on the abdomen30,32
  • Exercise: Even if you do not feel like exercising during a painful period, doing some gentle exercise can help reduce the pain32
  • Massage: Gentle circular massage on the abdomen may help to ease period pain32
  • Medicines: Over-the-counter medications such as Ibuprofen or paracetamol have been shown to help relieve period pain30,32

When to see a doctor

If you have any concerns about menstrual pain, see your pharmacist or doctor for advice, especially if you experience any of the following:30,32

  • Increased or prolonged pain
  • Pain that will not go away with over-the-counter medicines
  • Bleeding or period pain in between your menstrual periods
  • Abnormal discharge from the vagina, especially if it is thick or smelly

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