One of the least fun aspects of menstruation is period pain.
Most women – studies suggest up to 80%  – experience pain or discomfort before and during their periods, and this is mainly caused by the uterus (womb) contracting in order to shed the uterine lining.
It’s most common to get this pain, which feels a bit like cramping, just before a period, typically lasting a day or two. It can occur in the pelvis, back, thighs or stomach. It usually starts just below the navel and radiates out towards your thighs and back. The severity of these period cramps differs from one woman to another. In some cases, they’re a mild ache. In others, they can be severe and even cause vomiting. Further symptoms can be loose stools, headaches and dizziness. Definitely not fun.
Working out how to stop period cramps will make all the difference to how a woman feels about her periods. Most find they can’t be ignored, but a few simple steps will help minimise them.