What Is Period Pain?

Menstruation symptoms are the result of strong uterus contractions, and can result in lower back pain, leg pain, and abdomen discomfort.

During a menstruation cycle, pain-causing chemicals are released by a woman’s body to assist in the contraction of her uterus. This is a way for the body to expel the uterine lining. A woman’s body repeats the process, known as a menstruation cycle, every 28 days on average. The body only retains the uterine lining, or endometrium, if an egg is fertilized.

There are some things you can do that may help with period pain:

  • Most menstruation cramps can be treated with an analgesic such as Advil Liqui-Gels®. The active ingredient in Advil blocks the pain-causing chemicals associated with menstruation cramps, at the site of the pain.
  • Soaking in a hot bath or using a hot water bottle on the abdomen can relax the uterine muscles.
  • Exercise is also said to be of benefit between periods. Some women even find that exercising or stretching during a period can relieve menstruation symptoms.

Visit your doctor if menstruation cramps are severe, or if you experience a drastic change in menstruation symptoms since your last period.