Did you know up to one in five women stop doing daily activities because of period pain?
Approximately three quarters of young women, and up to a half of adult women, experience pain and discomfort during their period. Period pain normally lasts for 12-24 hours, although in more severe cases it may last for several days.
Most cases of period pain occur when the muscular wall of the womb contracts. This compresses the blood vessels that line your womb, which temporarily cuts off the blood supply (and hence oxygen supply) to the womb. Without oxygen, the tissues in the womb release chemicals that trigger pain.
Period pain can often be treated at home with an over the counter non-steroidal anti- inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen. Research shows that ibuprofen is more effective than paracetamol alone in providing pain relief in primary period pain. Nurofen Express Period Pain Soft Capsules start getting to work in just 10 minutes so you don't have to stop when your period starts.
Feminax Express tablets also work well at relieving period pain, and Boots own brand Period Pain Relief Gastro-Resistant Tablets are also effective.
Please see your doctor if your period pains are more severe than normal, if your periods are heavier or less regular than before, or if your period is late.