Period pain in a nutshell
- Period pain without an identifiable cause affects at least 50% of menstruating women in ‘western’ countries. Some women are so badly affected that they have to take time off school or work.
- 55% or more of affected women use over-the-counter painkillers, typically NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen, to manage the pain.
- Oral contraceptives and hormonal implants are widely prescribed in order to suppress ovulation and reduce the number of periods.