Pharmacy Corner
Let's Talk About Your Period I Have Painful Periods. Is That Normal? What Can I Do About the Pain?
Heartburn Having painful cramps during your period is normal and it happens to most women. Period cramps (also called menstrual cramps) occur because during your period your uterus contracts to cause the bleeding. This tightening of the uterus is also what causes the painful cramps5. They can start a few hours before you notice bleeding or a few hours after and the pain can last from 1 to 3 days. During your period you can have:5
  • Lower stomach pain/cramping
  • Soreness in the lower back and/or thighs
  • Diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness