What is period pain?
Period pain is one of the most common health issues for women.1
Period pain refers to pain in the lower abdomen which can occur just before or during a woman’s period, usually lasting for around two to three days.1,2 The severity of period pain varies between women; from a mild annoyance to severe pain which can interfere with normal day-to-day activities.
What causes period pain?
Period pain can occur when chemicals called prostaglandins are released from the lining of the uterus (womb). The release of prostaglandins causes the muscles in the uterus to contract which may cause pain in some women. Although it’s not entirely clear why some women experience stronger period pain than others, women with higher levels of prostaglandins may experience stronger cramps and pain.