Painful periods are not normal. In a normal period there is NO cramping or mild cramping and discomfort. Any pain that goes beyond mild cramping is NOT normal with your period. We have grown up with the myth that period pain is a normal part of a monthly cycle. It happens to our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sister and therefore it happens to us.
One of the main recommendations from yesterdays announcement on endometriosis was for “A commitment from all 4 nations to include compulsory menstrual wellbeing in the school curriculum so that young people recognise the warning signs of menstrual health conditions and know when to seek help.”
YES!! YES!! YES!!
So one of the warning signs of menstrual health irregularities is PAIN and if you are experiencing this then you should seek help.
Every thing you read about periods states that a level of pain is normal and common, but what is normal and how to judge when we all experience pain so differently? It’s important to seek help when
- you’re pain is so bad you take pain killers and they don’t help
- you can’t work or go to school
- it keeps you awake at night
- it lasts longer than 1 to 2 days
- you have pelvic pain when you’re not on your period
- your pain has changed and/or got worse
TRACKING is one of the best ways to determine what is happening with your pain and help get a good diagnosis.
- scale your pain from 1 to 10
- record when the pain comes
- record how long it lasts
- record any pain experienced outside your period
- heaviness of flow
- energy levels
- digestive problems such as bloating, diahorrea, constipation