Period pains can come in some surprising shapes and forms. Like you may never have expected your back to hurt during your period, huh? Well, don’t worry. Back pain during your period is pretty common. It’s just another form of period cramps. What causes period cramps?
First things first, let’s learn what causes period cramps. Period cramps are a result of your uterus contracting. It does this to remove the blood and tissue of the uterine lining – your endometrium in fancy medical speak – or, what you know as your period. But why do I feel the pain in my back?
Your uterus isn’t in your back, you may be thinking. True. But a web of nerves in your pelvis – the area between your two hips - can make that pain radiate, so that you actually feel pain in your back during your period as a result of your uterus contracting. That’s why lower back pain and your period sometimes make a joint visit. How to deal with back pain during your period?
Period back pain is no fun, for sure. But it shouldn’t keep you from going about your everyday life.
Dealing with menstrual back pain is no different than regular period cramps. Here are some tips for addressing period cramps in your back:
- Try some light stretching or exercise.Sure, moving a lot when you have back pain during your period can seem like the last thing on earth you feel like doing. But it actually helps! That’s because it gets the blood flowing to your pelvic area, making it loosen up and be less crampy. It doesn’t need to be anything rigorous – just some light yoga or a walk around the block should do it.
- Applying heat also helps relieve menstrual back pain. Take a warm bath. Curling up with a hot water bottle or heat pad is also a favourite of some girls.
- If all else fails, ask your mum, a pharmacist, or other trusted adult about taking an over-the-counter pain pill.
And don’t forget to stay as good natured as you can. After all, the best thing about back pain during your period is that it passes!
If you find that your period back pain is so severe that you have to miss out on school or other events, consult your consult your doctor. Your doctor will be able to help get to the bottom of it.