Is Pain Before Periods Normal?

Is Pain Before Periods Normal?
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The female body constantly prepares for motherhood…there’s a lot going on in there The cycle of life Period, menses, the dreaded curse…call it what you will it’s here to stay for a very long time. For some this can be a delight as they plan for motherhood; for others it can lead to debilitating despair […]

The female body constantly prepares for motherhood…there’s a lot going on in there

The cycle of life

Period, menses, the dreaded curse…call it what you will it’s here to stay for a very long time. For some this can be a delight as they plan for motherhood; for others it can lead to debilitating despair on a regular basis. A normal menstrual cycle ranges between 21 and 35 days. Beginning anytime from 12 years old they come to a close from your mid 40’s onwards. Ovulation occurs between days 12 and 18, depending on the length of the individual’s cycle.

When is pain normal?

Day 1 of the cycle is the first day of your period, when the lining of the uterus begins to shed. This is the time you’re most likely to experience period pain. Mid-cycle, Days 12-18, is ovulation, when your fertile egg is released. This is another prime period pain zone. Pain other than, say, from Day 1-3 and between Days 12-18 should be checked; a number of things could be responsible for this.

How much pain is too much?

Women experience different levels of period pain. How much is too much really depends on your pain threshold. The most common types of period pain are:

  • Lower abdomen pain (cramps/throbbing) – accompanies bleeding
  • A dull, constant tummy ache – starting before bleeding and during ovulation
  • A stabbing pain in the left or right lower abdomen around mid cycle – generally ovulation only
  • Radiating pain (lower back and down the legs) – accompanies bleeding

What can I do to stop it?

For those with regular cycles accompanied by regular period pains a gentle pain killer, cup of tea and a warm bath can relieve most of the symptoms. Some women use alternative therapies like essential oils and herbal teas to help alleviate their troubles. We don’t advocate taking any medications without consulting a professional.

My pain seems over the top

While it’s natural to experience some pain and discomfort on a regular basis if you’re in any doubt, or suffering more than you think is normal, you should always consult an expert gynaecologist. Left untreated certain issues can affect fertility and your overall health and wellbeing.

CTA ­ Don’t suffer needlessly. Arrange an appointment now for peace of mind and body.

RANZCOGCalvary John James HospitalCanberra HospitalAustralian  National UniversityWomens HealthICS