Menstruation is a normal physiologic process women undergo.  During menstruation, the woman’s uterine lining is shed.  A number of women go through menstruation with associated pain.  This pain is known as menstrual pain or dysmenorrhea.  This pain may interfere with the woman’s daily activities and can be quite burdensome on the woman’s part.


The sensation of pain is unique to every woman according to its quality and intensity.  It can range from mild to severe, and it may also present itself in different characteristics.  Some women may describe it as sharp, throbbing, dull, nauseating, stabbing, burning, or shooting pain.


Dysmenorrhea may occur days before menstruation happens.  With other women, painful menstruation occurs, and the pain subsides when menstruation is over.


The pain sensation will be felt at the lower area of the abdomen known as the hypogastric area.  According to other women, the pain may even radiate to the lower back or thighs.  Menstrual pain is also accompanied with various symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, diarrhea or constipation, headache, dizziness, or even disorientation.  The pain even renders the woman weak making her faint or fatigued.


There are several ways a woman can do in order to manage the excruciating pain and the symptoms that come along with menstrual pain.  Taking of medications called pain killers can be used to alleviate a person from experiencing too much pain.  A good example of an effective pain killer is Ibuprofen.  The medications will reduce the sensation of pain during menstruation.  The use of a hot water bag is also an option for women undergoing painful menstruation.  The hot water bag acts as a method of alleviating pain.  It is placed on the area where the pain is felt the most, usually at the hypogastric area.


When a woman experiences pain during menstruation, it is important that she does something about it.  She should take the initiative to alleviate herself from the pain.  If the pain persists or when menstruation is over, it is good to consult a doctor regarding painful sensations during menstruation so that she and the doctor can find a way to prevent painful menstruation from happening again.