What are period pains?

Period pains happen when the muscles of the uterus (womb) contract to help shed the womb lining. Roughly 9 out of 10 women would experience period pains. So it is not uncommon, don't worry about it! The pains usually feel like cramping in the lower abdomen. It may also cause an ache in the back or an ache at the top of the inner thighs. The cramps may happen for 2-3 days, can start just before a period – a warning of their arrival. Often the first day is the worst. Exercise can ease the pain, even a walk may do the trick, or stretching exercises. Heat can help the muscles relax, so taking a hot bath or hugging a heated hot water bottle may be comforting.

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