Cramps occur when the muscle wall of the womb contracts and compresses the blood vessels in the womb. This reduces oxygen supply, causing the release of prostaglandins, which trigger your pain.
Most women suffer from pain when they get their monthly periods, with ‘about half’ of women workers affected by period pain.1 This can be a regular annoyance, interrupting your daily routine.
You’ll feel cramping in your stomach that spreads to your back and thighs, starting around the time your period is due.
Period pain is common so there is nothing to worry about. If your pain is frequent you should speak to your pharmacist or GP.
Avoid wearing tight fitting clothes that restrict your lower abdominal area.