What Does Period Pain Feel Like?

How painful are period cramps?

Period pain is common and a normal part of your menstrual cycle. Most women get it at some point in their lives. It’s usually felt as painful muscle cramps in the tummy, which can spread to the back and thighs. Some periods may cause little or no discomfort, while others may be more painful.

Where Are period cramps located?

Menstrual cramps usually refer to a dull, throbbing, cramping pain in the lower abdomen, just above the pelvic bone.

Do cramps feel like you have to poop?

I can’t tell if I have cramps or need to poop — is that normal? Totally normal. Remember, uterine and bowel contractions are caused by prostaglandins, making it hard to tell the difference between the two. Plus, cramps are often accompanied by a feeling of pressure in the pelvis, low back, and even the butt.

Why do I have cramps but no period?

You might be pregnant, or have pregnancy issues.

Jones says that having period-like cramps while not on your period can also be an early sign of pregnancy. Mild uterine cramps are common in pregnant women. On the other hand, your cramps could possibly mean an ectopic pregnancy, according to Dr. Jones.