What Causes Painful Periods? 7 Signs Your Cramps May Be Due To A Health Issue


It's common to have pain during your period, to a degree. You might experience cramping during the first day or two, or feel a bit off, and that's usually nothing to worry about. But if you notice that your period pain is more intense than usual, it could point to a health concern.

"Monthly periods are normal; some experience cramps and discomfort while others don’t," Dr. Savita Ginde, a physician and vice president of Medical Affairs at Stride Community Health Center, tells Bustle. "Because pain and discomfort are individual and multi-faceted experiences, the most important criteria for when to go see a medical provider is when the experience impacts your life."

If your period pain keeps you home in bed, for instance, you may want to see your doctor in order to find out what, if anything, is going on. Of course, "significant or sudden worsening [pain] might warrant more urgent (or even emergent) evaluation," Ginde says. "Persistent symptoms [also] warrant evaluation for treatment."

These types of period pain, along with other symptoms, may indicate an underlying condition, such as polycystic ovary syndrome or endometriosis. Read on below for a few signs and symptoms to watch out for, according to experts.