Firstly, although it’s normal to experience some pain around the time of your period, often called ‘cramp’ it’s important to understand why if you suspect you are experiencing more pain than normal.
Refer to our Painful Period advice page to learn more as to why you might be experiencing pain.
In terms of treating the pain there are a few options:
Firstly, home remedies might be useful. Using a hot water bottle, lying in a certain position, keeping hydrated, or modifying your diet or exercise regime could all help to reduce period pain.
Next, the addition of herbal remedies can help. If you experience typically heavy, painful periods, that come every 28days or sooner (often alongside other symptoms of PMS) the herbal remedy Agnus castus could help. In addition to this, the calming herbs Valerian and Hops could also help.
Finally, if home and herbal remedies fail to help, it could be time to go to your doctor or pharmacist. Over the counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen may help, although, always beware of any of the associated side effects.
The contraceptive pill may also be an option and in extreme cases, your doctor may prescribe stronger painkillers or anti-inflammatory medication.