Period pain or dysmenorrhoea* is the pain that some women have with menstruation. The pain can vary in intensity from mild discomfort to constant, painful cramping. Centred in the lower abdomen, the pain may also radiate to the lower back or upper thighs.
At the same time as the period pain and associated with it, women can also have the following symptoms:
- nausea or vomiting
Pain can start a few hours before the bleeding and continue for the first few days of menstruation. Painful menstrual cramping is the cause of many lost days from school or work. It limits activities and disrupts daily life. It is also the reason why many women might take analgesic pain relief such as NSAIDs. Though these may help to relieve the pain they don’t solve the underlying problem. See my post on natural alternative to NSAIDs to see why its best to avoid these medications if possible. [Read more…] about Natural period pain remedies that work