Not only can it cause lots of pain and discomfort, but it can also cause a loss of time at work and school.
Of course, not all women suffer from period pain to the same extent, however, regardless of the amount of pain felt, it is important to realize that it is a normal part of the cycle, and part of the way the body works.
When you come on to your period, mild contractions start to pass through your womb.
When this happens, the blood vessels in the womb get cut off, stopping the flow of blood and oxygen from flowing freely to your womb like it would usually.
When this happens, the womb begins to release chemicals that trigger pain throughout your body, including your back, legs and tummy.
Sometimes, when these pain triggers are particularly strong, they can have the effect of making some women physically sick with the pain. At this point it is probably time to see your doctor.
Yet, if you do suffer from bad periods and don’t want to rely on painkillers, there are some things that can help you to fight it naturally….
- Exercise: It’s probably the last thing that you want to do when you’re on your period, but it can help to ease the pain and relax your muscles.
- A warm bath: A warm bath has a similar effect to exercising in that it relaxes your muscles. This is important as the more relaxed your muscles are, the less constricted the blood vessels become, meaning that less pain inducing chemicals are released. A warm compress such as a hot water bottle can also help.
- Yoga and meditation: The more relaxed you are when you are on your period, the more relaxed your muscles become, making the pain easier to deal with.