OB-GYN (Obstetrician-Gynecologist) Questions OB-GYN

Are painful periods normal?

I am a 25 year old female. I want to know if painful periods are normal?

6 Answers

Menstruation occurs when the uterus sheds its lining once a month. Some pain, cramping, and discomfort during menstrual periods is normal. It’s not always possible to identify the cause of painful menstrual periods. Some people are just at a higher risk of having painful periods. Painful menstrual periods can also be the result of an underlying medical condition, such as: Endometriosis, premenstrual syndrome, fibroids in the uterus, pelvic inflammatory disease, adenomyosis, or cervical stenosis. The best thing to do is go to your primary gynecologist and talk to them about your pain. They can narrow down what is happening with your periods.

Periods can be painful from several reasons and depending on the degree of pain can be debilitating !.Certain physiologic conditions such as your individual response to a hormone class called prostaglandins, could cause pain. Taking medications under the guidance of a physician can mitigate some of this. Then there are medical conditions such as endometriosis or adenomyosis from the abnormal growth of endometrial tissue ( uterine lining) that can cause pain as well. Fortunately there are treatments available for both these conditions that can help the majority of women suffering from this. Please see your doctor to explore this....
They should not be incapacitating.


Dr. Janice Alexander, RN, MD
Periods can be uncomfortable and/or the pain can be easily remedied with simple measures. If not, I would advise to see a gynecologist to see if there are maybe underlying issues that can be the reason why they are painful. Medical issues such as endometriosis, fibroids, and cervical issues are just a few.
Some amount of cramp discomfort during your menstrual period is normal. If the pain level is preventing you from conducting normal daily activities, this is not normal and should be investigated by a gynecologist.

Dr. Trevor Wing

Many women have cramps or pain with their menses. If they are not controlled with over the counter meds and interfer with you normal activities- visit your OBGYN.