Period pain - What you can do

Dr Louisa Draper

"In most women, period pain usually starts at the same time as their bleeding, but it can start several days beforehand. It normally only lasts for up to 72 hours"

Dr Louisa Draper

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Period pain – also known as menstrual pain or menstrual cramps - affects many women before, during and after their period. Some women find them uncomfortable but carry on as usual (often with the help of over the counter painkillers) but some women find that the pain of menstrual cramps severely affects their ability to carry out normal activities. Here, we take a closer look at what causes period pain and how you can relieve it.