Symptoms of menstrual cramps are multiple

The main symptom is crampy pain in your lower abdomen. Often, the first few periods that you have are painless. Period pains may only develop 6-12 months after you have started your periods. The pain:

  • May spread to your lower back, or to the top of your legs.
  • Usually starts as the bleeding starts, but it may start up to a day before.
  • Usually lasts 12-24 hours, but lasts 2-3 days in some cases.
  • Can vary with each period. Some periods are worse than others.
  • Tends to become less severe as you get older or after having a baby.

The main symptoms also include:

  • Aching pain in the abdomen (Pain can be severe at times.)
  • Feeling of pressure in the abdomen
  • Pain in the hips, lower back, and inner thighs

When cramps are severe, symptoms may include:

  • Upset stomach, sometimes with vomiting
  • Loose stools

 

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