Women who suffer from menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea) feel throbbing or cramping pains in the lower abdomen. Menstrual cramps are common among women just before and during their periods.
It may just be a matter of irritation for some women. There are other people whose menstrual cramps are severe enough to interfere with their everyday lives for a few days every month.
In some cases, endometriosis or uterine fibroids can induce menstrual cramps. It is important to treat the cause of the pain in order to reduce it. As you age and give birth, menstrual cramps that aren’t caused by another condition often ease.
See a doctor if:
- Your life is disrupted every month by menstrual cramps
- There is a progressive worsening of your symptoms
- If you are older than 25 and have just developed painful periods
To discuss diagnosis and treatment options, please book an appointment with our specialist.
To learn more about menstrual cramps, please click on https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/period-pain/
Dr Ibrahim Yahli MD MRCPsych