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You may have an underlying medical condition, such as endometriosis or fibroids. But sometimes, they aren’t caused by a specific condition. Doctors think the main cause is an increase in the chemicals that cause the muscles of your womb to tighten. This can temporarily reduce the blood supply to your uterus, which causes pain.
See our section: Causes of painful periods above for more information.
You may be able to ease the symptoms of painful periods with over-the-counter painkillers or with self-help techniques. There are also treatments that your GP can prescribe for you.
See our section: Treatment of painful periods above for more information.
Primary dysmenorrhoea won’t affect your ability to have children as it’s not caused by any particular condition, but if you have secondary dysmenorrhoea, it might. Conditions that cause secondary dysmenorrhoea, such as pelvic inflammatory disease, fibroids and endometriosis, can all make it more difficult to get pregnant. If you’re unsure about how your painful periods might affect your fertility, talk to your GP.
No one knows for sure whether exercise specifically eases period pains, but it may well help. Aim to do some activity every day, and do something you enjoy so you’re more likely to keep it up. You may also find gentle exercise such as yoga may help to ease your symptoms during a period.
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