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Painful periods

Painful Periods

Many women suffer from painful periods; these are throbbing or cramping pains in the lower abdomen that can be intense and sharp or a dull continuous ache.  Sometimes the pain is so severe that it radiates to your lower back and thighs .The pains can start a couple of days before the bleeding begins and continue for the time of the period.

You might be at risk of more severe period pains if:

-You are younger than 30

-You started puberty early, at 11 or younger

-You bleed heavily during your period

-You have irregular bleeding

-You have a family history of painful periods

-You smoke

Certain medical problems can cause painful periods:

Endometriosis: The endometrium (inner lining of the uterus) that is normally lining the uterus becomes implanted outside the uterus, most commonly on your fallopian tubes, ovaries or in the pelvis

Uterine fibroids: These are non-cancerous growths in the wall of the uterus.

Adenomyosis: The endometrium begins to grow into the muscular walls of the uterus.

Pelvic inflammatory disease: An infection of the reproductive organs usually caused by sexually transmitted bacteria.

Cervical stenosis: In some women the opening of the cervix is so small that it limits the menstrual bleeding.

Period pain can be simply annoying for some women while for others it can be so severe that it interferes with everyday activities. I would advise that any onset of pain with your period needs to be investigated to ascertain and manage the cause and to discuss the impact on your future fertility.

Many women suffer from painful periods; these are throbbing or cramping pains in the lower abdomen that can be intense and sharp or a dull continuous ache.  Sometimes the pain is so severe that it radiates to your lower back and thighs .The pains can start a couple of days before the bleeding begins and continue for the time of the period.

You might be at risk of more severe period pains if:

-You are younger than 30

-You started puberty early, at 11 or younger

-You bleed heavily during your period

-You have irregular bleeding

-You have a family history of painful periods

-You smoke

Certain medical problems can cause painful periods;

Endometriosis: The endometrium (inner lining of the uterus) that is normally lining the uterus becomes implanted outside the uterus, most commonly on your fallopian tubes, ovaries or in the pelvis

Uterine fibroids: These are non-cancerous growths in the wall of the uterus.

Adenomyosis: The endometrium begins to grow into the muscular walls of the uterus.

Pelvic inflammatory disease: An infection of the reproductive organs usually caused by sexually transmitted bacteria.

Cervical stenosis: In some women the opening of the cervix is so small that it limits the menstrual bleeding.

Period pain can be simply annoying for some women while for others it can be so severe that it interferes with everyday activities. I would advise that any onset of pain with your period needs to be investigated to ascertain and manage the cause and to discuss the impact on your future fertility.