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Back Pain

Back pain can be linked with menstrual cramps and experienced at the same time.

What phase of your menstrual cycle do you experience back pain?

Similar to menstrual cramps, at the end of the late luteal phase just before your period and for the first few days of bleeding is when back pain is most commonly experienced.

Causes back pain during your menstrual cycle

Back pain related to the menstrual cycle is usually muscle and caused by changes in hormones. Similar to menstrual cramps, prostaglandins are released which promote the uterus to contract which can also affect lower back muscles.

How to manage back pain

Apply heat to the area. You can use heated wheat bags, hot water bottles or a hot bath. 

Ibuprofen and paracetamol can help with pain management (follow pack instructions) – try using ibuprofen the day before your periods start to prevent menstrual cramps and back pain.

Yoga, mobility or stretching may help to relieve tension

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