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Period Pain

Period pain is a normal part of the menstrual cycle and most women will experience it in their lifetime.

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Common Symptoms

  • Painful muscle cramps in the tummy, which can spread to the back and thighs
  • Pain sometimes comes in intense spasms
  • Pain may be dull but constant
  • You may get pelvic pain when you do not have your period

Treatment at home

  • Painkillers like ibuprofen (ask your pharmacist)
  • Exercise
  • Stop smoking – smoking is thought to increase the risk of period pain
  • Heat – put a heat pad on your tummy
  • Warm bath or shower
  • Light abdomen massage
  • Relaxation – e.g., activities such as yoga or pilates
  • TENS device – delivers a mild current to your tummy to reduce pain

When should I book a GP?

  • You have severe period pain
  • Your normal pattern of periods changes – i.e. if they become heavier than usual or irregular
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