Menstrual Cramps


For some women, menstruation is a relatively painless matter. Others plan their month around it. However we experience menstruation, it’s a natural aspect of life that unites all women. And because it’s part of our everyday lives, it’s important that we feel able to do the things we want to do - without being constrained by menstrual pains.

This section of the Buscopan® website looks at the symptoms and causes of menstrual pain, and presents some effective treatments to ensure that menstrual cramps don’t control our lives.

Menstrual Cramps


Menstrual Cramps - Symptoms

Every woman’s experience of menstruation is unique. Typically, menstrual pain is felt in the lower abdomen. Some women also feel pain in the lower back. Menstrual pain is often accompanied by headache, fatigue, bloating, irritability and sensitivity to pain.18


Menstrual Cramps - Causes

The pain that most women experience before and during menstruation is the result of muscle contractions in the uterus and surrounding organs. These contractions are a natural part of the menstrual cycle. The uterine muscles contract to help the surplus lining of the uterus to detach from the uterine wall.

The pain of menstrual cramps can be made worse by other factors, including:

  • hormonal changes
  • magnesium deficiency
  • deficiency of essential fatty acids
  • vitamin B6 deficiency


Menstrual Cramps - Treatment

There are a number of options for treating the pain of menstrual cramps. Strong menstrual pain can be effectively treated with an antispasmodic (to relieve painful cramps of the surrounding abdominal organs) in combination with an analgesic (to relieve the pain). Buscopan® Plus offers exactly this combination, to provide fast and effective relief from menstrual pain.

If you find that menstrual pain becomes unexpectedly worse, or is accompanied by fever, weight loss or other unusual symptoms, please visit a qualified health professional.

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