Menstruation can consist of abdominal pain, bloating, and headaches for most women. In addition to the typical symptoms associated with the menstrual cycle, some women also suffer from low back pain. This low back pain can range from a subtle annoyance to debilitating pain during those days of the month. The pain experienced is typically located along the center portion of the low back.
Back pain for most women will begin a few days prior to a menstrual cycle and usually subside after. The good news is that low back pain during menstruation is usually not serious and will subside for the most part. However, what I want to say is: periods aren’t fun! So, actually what are the causes of low back pain during menstruation?
First of all, it’s caused by contractions in the uterus, which radiate through the web of nerves within your pelvic region. As your body contracts to rid itself of the uterine lining, it can sometimes press on blood vessels in the area, limiting or cutting off the supply of oxygen to the nearby muscles.
Dr. Houman Danesh, director of integrative pain management at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City said that “Many women get back pain during their periods, this pain is from the uterus contracting to shed the lining which has built up since the last cycle, the phenomenon is described as “referred pain.”
“Referred pain” is pain felt in a part of the body other than its actual source. If you’re just about to get your period, your uterus might be contracting in preparation for the upcoming activity. This is totally common and normal, and the pain can affect your thighs as well as your lower back.
However, if your cramps are debilitating or have gotten increasingly worse over time, you may want to talk to a doctor. They could be a sign of endometriosis, fibroids in the uterus, pelvic inflammatory disease, or an infection.
Tips To Reduce Abdominal Pain & Low Back Pain:
- Some women benefit from starting over the counter acetaminophen or anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, a couple days prior to menstruation.
- Exercise regularly. Studies show that women who exercise on a regular basis have less painful menstrual cramps and low back pain.
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
- Maintain a healthy diet and take nutritional supplements with vitamin B and magnesium.
- Apply heat bag or take warm baths.
- Avoid alcohol intake and smoking.
- Avoid caffeine and chocolate.
- Some women may require birth control pills to help with menstrual pain.
Alright girls, so take good care of your body! If you don’t appreciate your body, who is? Please do not wait until the moment where health issue hits you!