Menstrual cramps or pain during menstruation are the most bothersome part of your periods. Typically, it can strike during the night, and can range from mild to severe pain.1,2
From vomiting, loose stools, aching pain and pressure in your tummy to lower back pain, all are common symptoms of menstrual pain. 1,2
Why are you having it?
· Menstrual cramps is a normal physiological symptom that accompanies the uterus contractions. Pain habitually begins 1 or 2 days before menstruation starts, or when bleeding starts and can typically last from 12 hours to 3 days. Women who regularly exercise suffer from less pain. Moreover, pain tends to decrease by age. 1,2
· Menstrual pain could be also caused by some reproductive organs disorders such as endometriosis, fibroids, or infection. This pain usually lasts longer than usually and is not associated with other symptoms like nausea and vomiting.1,2
Report your symptoms to your doctor, if you have severe or unusual menstrual cramps that lasts for more than 2 or 3 days. Treatments are available for menstrual cramps, of any kind, but you should be checked. 1,2
1. Dysmenorrhea. Cleveland Clinic: Health Library. 2014 Available at: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/4148-dysmenorrhea Last accessed: 30/06/2019