You may experience a dull ache right below the stomach and around the lower back just before, or during, your period. This is commonly known as cramps, and they occur because your uterus is contracting to shed the extra lining that is no longer needed (because you’re not pregnant). Not all girls get period pain, but it’s an extremely normal part of how the body works.
Period pain can come at the most inconvenient times, but there a few things you can do to keep it under control. You could try applying heat, like from a hot water bottle, to the abdominal area to help relieve the pain, or curling up in a warm bubble bath can work a treat. You could also try massaging the painful area to ease those nasty cramps. And even though it’s the last thing you might feel like doing, gentle exercise (such as walking or swimming) on days you find yourself getting cramps can also provide relief. You could also ask your mum or an older female family member how they deal with cramps. After all, they’ve probably been dealing with period pain for a bit longer than you and may have a handy trick or two!
It’s not necessary to suffer period pain so severe that you can’t function. So make sure you book a check-up with your doctor if your symptoms are completely unbearable. The doctor can tell you about various treatments and they may suggest over the counter pain relief such as paracetamol.
The advice provided in this material is general in nature and is not intended as medical advice. If you need medical advice, please consult your health care professional.