Period Pain In Menopause

Period pain affects most women at some point in their lives and if you normally suffer with period pain, you're likely to continue to experience it as you reach menopause. With menopause, it's also fairly common to experience pain without actually having a period; although this can be a little worrying, it's completely normal. Period pain, also known as menstrual cramps, occurs when the muscles surrounding the womb contract; this reduces blood flow and oxygen supply and results in discomfort in the pelvis and sometimes, the back.

During menopause, periods tend to become irregular due to the changing levels of hormones and this can result in more intense or frequent pains.

Coping with period pain

Many women cope with period pain without any need for formal treatment; having a warm bath, placing a hot water bottle on your lower abdomen and taking over the counter pain relief medication can all help to ease pain. Exercise is also proven to benefit you, as it improves blood flow to your muscles and increases oxygen supply.

If you have very painful periods or you experience cramps, which are getting worse or last for a long period of time, it's advisable to see your GP. In some cases, period pain can be symptomatic of underlying issues, including endometriosis or an ovarian cyst.

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