Why does it hurt?

Most have little knowledge about menstrual pain and menstruation. Even people living with pain due to their menstruation probably don't know why. But worry not, we are here to help!

The muscular uterus

When the blood and mucous exit the vagina, it may hurt. We call this menstrual pain. The uterus is a large muscle and it contracts when the menstrual fluids are exiting. This can be felt like cramps just under the belly button. You may also feel a pulling sensation inside your vagina when the cramps are coming. The lowest part of the uterus is located just at the top of the vagina and thus the cramps from the uterus can continue further down the vagina.

Getting on your nerves

There are a lot of nerves surrounding the uterus that affect the rest of the body when the uterus contractis and therefore you may feel pain in your back, legs or groin from time to time during menstruation. Dizziness and feeling sick can be a result of the pain and you may experience diarrhoea due to an increase of the hormones called prostaglandins.

Everyone is different! Some feel a lot of pain while others hardly notice the cramps...

Ovulation pain

You can also feel pain during ovulation. The ovulation takes place more or less midway between two menstruations. You may feel some pain or cramps for a minute or so but you may also experience a lot of pain that last for several hours. The pain is located in the lower part of the belly and usually just on one side at the time. If you experience ovulation pain, try taking prescription free painkillers.

We're all different

Some feel a lot of pain while others hardly notice the cramps. Menstrual pain can be felt on different occasions, some feel it just before the menstruation starts or it might arrive at the same time as the menstruation or a day later. The number of painful days can vary, as can the painful sensations from one period to another.