Period Pain DiagramPeriod pain (also known as Dysmenorrhea or menstrual cramps) is usually a normal part of the menstruation process and is very common with most women experiencing it at some point in their lifetime. However some women may experience pain that requires further treatment in order to provide adequate relief.

Period pain is very common, and is usually experienced in up to 90% of women at some points in their lifetime. In cases where it is not caused by an underlying condition, period pain will usually get better with age or after having a child.

Period pain usually starts once the bleeding begins, but in some individuals it may begin a few days before the onset of their period. Period pain is usually worse when bleeding is at its heaviest.

The normal duration for period pain is 48-72 hours, whilst in more severe cases it may last longer.

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Authored Dec 22, 2017 by Joseph Issac, MPharm
Reviewed Jan 13, 2020 by Prabjeet Saundh, MPharm