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Period pain. Why do we get it?

Period pain is very common, with the majority of women suffering from it at some point in their lives. Period pain can happen at any age, from when the menstrual cycle begins during teenage years, right through to the menopause.

During your period, your womb will contract to aid the shedding of the womb lining. Every time the womb contracts, chemicals are released which trigger pain. One of the chemicals released are prostaglandins. The more prostaglandins there are, the more the womb contracts and thus more pain is felt.

Period pain is more technically known as dysmenorrhoea. When period pain is severe and caused by another condition, it is referred to as secondary dysmenorrhoea. Some causes are:

  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • Pelvic Inflammatory disease
  • Adenomyosis

If your period pain is really severe or causing your concern, it’s always best to visit your GP for further advice.

How to ease the pain:

  • Take pain killers such as Ibuprofen and Aspirin. You can take Paracetamol but it is not known to be as effective for menstrual cramps.
  • Relax in a hot bath
  • Place a hot water bottle on the affected areas
  • Massage the back and stomach
  • Wear loose fitting clothing
  • Try some gentle exercise, such as yoga or a brief walk
  • Try and avoid caffeine during your period

There are some lifestyle choices that you can make which can help ease the pain in advance of your next period. These include:

  • Having a healthy diet, with a reduced amount of salt to avoid water retention
  • Regular exercise
  • Stopping smoking
  • In some cases taking the contraceptive pill has been known to ease cramps
  • If you cannot take the pill, the Intrauterine System IUS is also known to help

How Feminesse can help you!

If you find that heat applied to the area of pain provides comfort, then the Feminesse Menstrual Cramp Relief Patches could be the perfect solution for you. Discreet and thin, the patches can be worn under clothing for up to 8 hours of pain relief. Thanks to their design, they are a travel friendly alternative to a warm bath or hot water bottle.

Feminesse Patches can be used alone or alongside pain killers, giving you the choice of pain relief that’s right for you!