Period pain is common and a normal part of your menstrual cycle. Most women experience it at some point in their lives.

It's usually felt as painful muscle cramps inthe tummy, which can spread tothe back and thighs.

The pain sometimes comes in intense spasms, while at other times it may be dull but more constant.

Itmay also vary with each monthly period. Some Periods may cause little or no discomfort, while others may be more painful.

Sometimes you may experience pelvic pain even when you don't have your period.

This page covers:

What causes period pain?

How long will my period pain last?

How can I treat period pain?

When should I see my GP?

Can period pain affect fertility?

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 3 Aug 2016