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Getting rid of period pain

Bleeding for days and coping with cramps and mood swings? It’s official: we’re superheroes. But even Wonder Woman probably popped a paracetamol or two when she was in full flow. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be a big deal, and there are plenty of ways to fix those nasty twinges.

So what causes period pain?

The truth is that those aches and twinges are caused by your uterus contracting. Don’t worry, this is totally normal. The pain might be mild, or for some of us, more severe. It all depends on your body.

Mild period pain

This will be some mild discomfort, kind of like a tugging or a muscle cramp. Lie on your back and gently massage your tummy just between your hip bones. Heat feels awesome and can calm down the weird feeling, so cosy up with a heat pack. If you’ve got some chocolate to hand, even better.

Tip: A warm bath or shower can fight period pain – and make sure you get lots of rest too.

Medium period pain

This will be regular muscle spasms throughout the day. It’s time for the big(ish) guns – ask your parents for some over-the-counter painkillers, like ibuprofen or paracetamol. While you’re waiting for them to kick in, snuggle up with some blankets and a TV show – be as self-indulgent as you want.

Tip: Put your favourite movie on and relax over a cup of hot chocolate or warm caffeine-free tea like peppermint or chamomile.

Severe period pain

If you’re feeling sharp pain and severe discomfort that stops you doing normal things like going to school, you should visit your doctor. They might prescribe stronger painkillers like codeine or mefenamic acid, or they might even suggest going on the pill. Don’t worry if they do – it’ll just leave you with lighter, less painful periods – which is the goal here, right?

Tip: Don’t judge your pain against other people’s – everybody’s different. If your period pain becomes unbearable, tell a friend, a parent or your school nurse straight away.

 
 
 
 
 

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