Period pains are cramping abdominal pains experienced during, and sometimes just before, a woman’s monthly period. They affect 80% of women at some time in their lives. Usually they are not a sign of a serious underlying problem and can be treated with self-help methods.
The medical term for painful periods is dysmenorrhoea. There are two types.
This term is used to describe normal period pain experienced by many women around the time of their period. There is no underlying medical problem. It most commonly affects teenagers and young women. This is the type of period pain discussed in this factsheet.
This term is used to describe pain around the time of the period that