Period pain is a problem that most women experience at some point in their lives, causing painful stomach cramps that make your time of the month a real chore.
If you’re suffering from menstrual cramps you may want to consider using pain relief to help you feel more comfortable.
For example, pain relief tablets containing ibuprofen or naproxen can help to ease your pain from the inside out.
Alternatively, heat patches and pads use heat therapy to help to soothe your sore muscles and ease stomach cramps.
Period pain, which is also known as dysmenorrhoea, happens because your womb is shedding its lining as a part of your menstrual cycle.
When shedding this lining the muscular wall of your womb contracts, cutting off oxygen in the area and causing that unbearable period pain.
Some women have more severe period pain than others, either because of a medical condition or because they’re just unlucky.
Some medical conditions that cause menstrual cramps and painful periods include endometriosis, fibroids, pelvic inflammatory disease, and adenomyosis.
There are a few ways you can ease your period pain, for example, taking pain relief with anti-inflammatory properties.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and naproxen are choices for period pain relief and they’re included in lots of different painkillers designed to ease menstrual pain and cramps.
You can also try putting a hot water bottle or heat pad on your tummy and giving it a gentle massage, as these will both help your constricted muscles to relax.
Now, I know you’re not going to want to hear this piece of advice when you’re in pain, but some gentle exercise can help to reduce your pain, so maybe try some swimming, walking, yoga, or pilates to get your body moving.
Dysmenorrhoea is the medical word for period pain or menstrual cramps.
It’s basically a fancier way of saying that you’re in serious pain with your time of the month.
Although menstrual cramps normally cause period pain in your stomach, it can also give you lower back pain.
This is because the muscle cramps around your womb can affect your back muscles as well as stomach muscles, especially during particularly heavy periods.
Lower back pain during your period can also be a symptom of a condition called endometriosis, so if you’re worried that this may be affecting you, speak to your doctor as soon as possible.
Sometimes when you take painkillers you find that although they make your headache, backache, or whatever your aches and pains you’re trying to treat a bit better, they don’t quite do the job.
This is when you might consider picking up another painkiller to try to kick that pain to the curb. But how do you know if this is safe? Can you take more than one painkiller at once?
If you’ve ever looked into your medicine cabinet and asked yourself one of these questions then you’ve come to the right place.
We’re here to answer all of your questions about which painkillers you can take together, which you can’t, and which other medicines shouldn’t be taken with your pain relief.
You do not need a prescription for any of these products, however, you will be asked to complete a short medical questionnaire by your Chemist4U pharmacist before we can take your order.
This includes some simple questions that all pharmacies legally are required to ask before supplying this kind of product.
This helps our pharmacy team to be sure that this treatment is the best choice for you.