Most women will have pain during their periods. The pain is usually a painful spasm or cramp. It is felt in lower abdomen, back and thighs. Intensity of the pain may be very variable. It may be a dull discomfort or else it may be severe enough to affect the daily routine of the woman. A typical period pain will start at the start of the period or few hours earlier and it usually settles in by day 1 or 2 of period when the flow of blood begins. This pain happens mainly because the womb is contracting in spasms to open up the neck of the womb. Once it is open and the flow starts, the pain eases away.
This is the typical period pain. It need not cripple you. One can do some back exercises that help to stretch the back. Yoga can be very beneficial. Hot fomentation is also soothing. A good massage can be very relaxing. It is advisable to eat good nutritious food, avoid alcohol and caffeine, take adequate rest and take supplements if necessary.
Sometimes period pains occur due to problems in the uterus, tubes and ovaries. Some of the common causes are infection, endometriosis, fibroids and ovarian cysts. In this situation it is possible that the pain will start before the cycle and may last through the cycle and may also continue beyond it.
So do not allow period pains to prevent you from leading your life to the fullest. There is a solution for every problem.