Period Pain: Signs, Symptoms and Remedies
- Most have experienced period pain – it’s a common and normal symptom of menstruation.
- It happens when the womb muscles contract, causing pain in the tummy area which can radiate into the back and thighs.
- The severity and intensity of period pain can vary, from one month to another, as from one person to another.
There are some simple self-help measures you can take, to help relieve period pain and ease your symptoms, if you do suffer from it.
Exercise: You might not feel like it but being active may reduce pain
Relaxation can help, including yoga or pilates
Rest a hot water bottle (with something wrapped around it) on your tummy
Take a warm bath or shower: to relax and soothe tension
Massage using light circular movements around your tummy
A TENS machine: A Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation could help to relieve pain via mild electrical currents
Take Ibuprofen or Aspirin. Aspirin should not be taken by anyone under 16 years of age.
Smoking: As it may add to the risk of period pain
Why Ibuprofen can help
Ibuprofen relieves pain, fever and has anti-inflammatory properties. It works for various types of pain including period pain, strains and sprains, headaches and migraines.
Why Nurofen Express Period Pain 200mg Capsules can help
Nurofen Express Period Pain 200mg Capsules can help with fast period pain relief. They start to get to work in 10 minutes* for up to 8-hours of pain relief with a 2-capsule dose.
What causes period pain:
- Pain-triggering chemicals released from womb tissue: During your period, the womb muscle contracts causing the womb tissue to release chemicals that trigger period pains
- IUD contraceptives can sometimes cause period pain, especially in the first few months: Releases copper to help protect against pregnancy. Periods can become heavier, longer or more painful.
Medical conditions causing pain include:
- Endometriosis when cells that usually line the womb grow in places like the ovaries, causing intense pain when they shed
- Fibroids non-cancerous tumours that grow in or around the womb making your periods heavy and painful
- Adenomyosis where the womb lining tissue grows in the muscular womb wall
- Pelvic inflammatory disease this is when your womb or fallopian tubes get infected with bacteria, causing severe inflammation.
Common types of period pain:
- Constant, dull ache in the lower abdomen, which can spread to the back and thighs
- Intense and sporadic spasms in the belly
If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional. All information presented on these web pages is not meant to diagnose or prescribe. In all health matters for further information or medical advice, please speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
*refers to absorption