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Why do you get lower back pain during your period?

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April 07, 2014 5:23PM

  • A lot of women get lower back pain during their period and don't have endometriosis. During menstruation, the womb has to contract in order for the uterus lining to be pushed out of the vagina (similar to, but not as severe as, labour contractions). Because certain muscles are being used more strenuously during your period than usual, they tend to cramp (like you'd get cramp if you did a workout and didn't stretch properly beforehand). This is what causes period pains. Muscle and tissue etc is connected, so cramping in these muscles can sometimes cause cramp in lower back muscles/tissue. The pain is most probably caused by this; your body working a little harder to expel the uneeded lining. Who'd be a woman, aye? As it's usually cramp, the best way to relieve the aches and pains is to do some light exercise. Just a gentle walk can ease pain, if you can manage it. If not, just take painkillers, relax, and try and breathe through the worst of it.
  • Oh, well, I got lower back pain from my period because I had endometriosis and also because I walked hunched over during my period because it hurt more to stand up straight. Why you get lower back pain might be different but there is a good chance that it is the same reason. If you are in good shape, sit up straight and have no other reason for back pain give your GYN a call. Endometriosis often goes unnoticed for years because so many women have mild symptoms or none or ignore the ones they do have. But, it is the number one cause of infertility in women. It can be a serious health problem. It might just be that you are more sensitive to pain or some other non-issue but it could be the sign of a real health problem.