Period pain is very common. It can vary from mild to severe. Mild menstrual cramps can usually be treated using over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen or paracetamol. But if you find that these are not enough to manage the pain, other treatments might be more suitable for you.
Some women experience stronger pain during their periods than others. But for some women there is a separate cause of the pain that needs to be checked by a doctor.
If your periods have started to be painful but were not before, and your pain is not always at the time of your period, you should speak to a doctor about what might be causing the pain.
Period pain treatment
If painkillers like ibuprofen or paracetamol do not ease your period pain, a doctor may prescribe a different medication. These include:
- mefenamic acid
At Zava, we may be able to prescribe you mefenamic acid if you have:
- always had painful periods
- a known condition related to your periods that has been diagnosed by a doctor
In some cases, using a hormonal contraceptive is a good way to ease period pain. Contraceptives like the pill make the lining of the womb thinner so there is less blood to release, and less cramping. Other contraceptives that can help include:
Babak studied medicine at King’s College London and graduated in 2003, having also gained a bachelor’s degree in Physiology during his time there. He completed his general practice (GP) training in East London, where he worked for a number of years as a partner at a large inner-city GP practice. He completed the Royal College of GPs membership exam in 2007.Meet our doctors
Last reviewed: 27 Aug 2019
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