Most women experience some pain during their period at some point in their lives. This rarely indicates anything serious, however, the pain can be quite debilitating and radiate across the abdomen, back and thighs. Murrays Chemist in Harrow can help by prescribing stronger pain killers.
What causes period pain?
When you have your period, the lining of the uterus (womb) detaches and is shed as the menstrual bleed. To help the lining detach, the muscular wall of the womb vigorously contracts. As the womb contacts tightly, it creates a pain response and this is the cause of menstrual pain.
The pain is often worse when your flow is at it’s heaviest although it can start before you start your bleed. Usually, the painful part of your period should last no more than between one to three days.
Painful periods are often more severe for young women and eases as women get older and/or have children.
When should I see my GP about my period pain?
Period pain can be a sign of an underlying medical problem such as endometriosis, fibroids or pelvic inflammatory disease. You should see your GP if your normal menstruation pattern changes, for example, if your period becomes irregular or your flow becomes heavier.
How to relieve painful periods
There are several things you can try to help relieve the pain caused by your periods:
- Have a warm bath or shower
- Place a hot water bottle on your abdomen
- Take gentle exercise
- Massage your tummy
- Take regular painkillers such as paracetamol
If ordinary pain killers do not help, a pharmacist can help prescribe something stronger.
How to get period pain treatment in Harrow
Murrays Chemist offers a period-pain consultation service where you may be able to access stronger painkillers. During a short discussion, the consulting pharmacist will check that the medication is suitable for you to take. All our appointments take place in our private consultation room.
You can book an appointment online and be seen the same day.