Periods cramping your style?
If you suffer from cramps during your period then don’t worry, many women are in the same boat. It’s completely normal to get cramps, as well as headaches, back aches or even leg pain.
What is period pain?
When your body is ready for a baby, it prepares by building up a protective layer in the womb. This lining is replaced every month, and the cramps you feel are from your uterus contracting to push it out. When it contracts too strongly, blood and oxygen flow decrease, causing that all-too-familiar pain.
How can I relieve the pain?
- Soak in a warm bath. Relax! You deserve it.
- Use a heating pad or hot water bottle to apply gentle heat.
- Stay physically active. Some women find exercise helps.
- Eat a balanced diet and get enough sleep.
- Try an over-the-counter medicine like TYLENOL®.
When should I see a doctor?
Talk to your doctor before beginning or revising any exercise regimen. If your cramps are so severe that you can’t go about your normal routine, chat with your gynaecologist to check your symptoms aren’t a sign of another medical condition.
The information on this page is intended solely as a general education aid and is not intended as medical or healthcare advice, to be used for medical diagnosise or treatment for any individual problem or as a substitute for professional advice from a qualified healthcare provider familiar with your unique facts. You should always talk to your healthcare professional for all health-related matters and before starting any new treatment.