Menstruation is normal vaginal bleeding that happens monthly as part of a woman’s monthly cycle, when your uterus sheds its lining. It’s common for many women to have mild pain a couple of days each month. However, if the pain is not relieved with over-the-counter pain medicine, you may have dysmenorrhea. The symptoms of menstrual pain include menstrual cramps, which are a throbbing, cramping pain in your lower abdomen, lower back pain, nausea, diarrhea, and headaches.

For women trying to conceive, you may wonder if painful periods can impact your fertility. Check this video to find out what Dr Collin has to say about period pain and women’s fertility.