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About 50% of women suffer this to greater or lesser degrees, mainly between the ages of 17 and 25 years. History is normally of several years in puberty of pain free cycles, and then the pains begin after months or years.

The pain is usually in the lower abdomen and is a cramp, beginning during the days before bleeding starts. On bleeding, the pain may ease and disappear in a day or two. Some women suffer from a pain in mid-cycle (on ovulation), which lasts just a few hours. The patient may also suffer from nausea, vomiting, constipation, headache, backache, fatigue, faintness, and dizziness. Women suffering period pains may also complain of pre-menstrual syndrome, which has both physical and psychological symptoms.
- Physical symptoms include a bloated abdomen, weight increase, ankle and finger swelling, breast tenderness and headache.
- Psychological symptoms may include any or all of the following; irritability, tension, depression, difficulty in concentrating and tiredness.

You may have tried painkillers or vitamin supplementation before, if so remember to list anything you have used and what type of success rate you had.
If you are taking prescription medication or other painkillers, or if you are suffering from any other illness you should ask to be referred to the pharmacist.


We recommend FEMINAX for the treatment of period pains. It gives fast and effective relief from pain and associated cramps, with a combination of ingredients to relieve backache, headache, and all the other pains you get with period pain, as well as combating fatigue over the few days.

Ibuprofen can also be effective. With ibuprofen care should be taken as it is not suitable for patients with stomach problems and it is not recommended for asthmatics. It is a good idea to start dosage with ibuprofen, (about two days before the period is due), before the pain starts at all. The use of VITAMIN B6 and EVENING PRIMROSE OIL/STAR FLOWER OIL is recommended for those who also complain of the PMS symptoms outlined above.

A COLD/HOT pack or COSY CUSHION can provide pain relief if placed warm on the abdomen when relaxing during the period.

Practical Point:

- Exercise during menstruation is NOT harmful, and can be useful because it produces natural chemicals (endorphins) that reduce pain and promote a feeling of well-being.

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