Many of us have experienced (and bemoaned) period pains at some point. For some, it's light cramps for a day or two, letting you know your time of the month is imminent. For some though, it's full-on, need-a-hot-water-bottle-and-a-duvet-and-a-day-off-work kind of pain, known medically as dysmenorrhea. If you're wondering why is my period pain getting worse, you might be surprised to know some of the factors that go into exaggerating your pain.
Around 80 percent of women will experience period pain at some point, according to Women's Health Concern, and for five to ten percent of women, that pain is extreme enough to disrupt regular routine. Women are often reluctant to speak out about it for fear of moaning, but really, it can be debilitating and it's worth making sure you're treating symptoms properly and making them known when necessary. While I know that copious amounts of Ben & Jerry's and re-runs of Keeping Up With The Kardashians can do wonders for my period pains, I didn't know that certain things actually make your period pains worse, from eating certain foods to lifestyle choices. With that in mind, I've gone on an investigative hunt to find out more, and below are the things I've learnt you should and shouldn't do in order to minimise the monthly struggle that is period pain.