Leg Hurts While Having Period: Causes and Relief Methods

The woman body undergoes a process referred to as the menstrual cycle. It occurs once every 21-35 days. The menstruation period usually lasts for 2-7 days. Many women suffer frequent and severe pain during the period, which is called dysmenorrhea. Period pains vary from mild annoyance to severe pain that could affect the normal activities. The condition can start from the first period and last the entire life or start later in life because of certain medical conditions. The pain usually happens in the lower abdominal area; but in some cases, pain in the legs can also occur.

What Causes Leg Pain During Period?

The pain is caused by contractions of the uterine during periods. The pelvic region is made up of a network of nerves and when pain develops at one point, it may radiate to other neighboring regions, such as upper legs and lower back. This is the main reason why pain on the leg is associated with menstruation.

Some women develop leg cramps or muscle contractions during periods due to a reduction in the level of minerals. During periods, there is a significant loss of blood and this causes loss of iron and other essential minerals such as magnesium and potassium. Depletion of essential minerals causes irritability on the skeletal muscles located on the lower limbs and the calf area, leading to painful muscle spasms. Leg cramps may also occur when there is physical exertion or dehydration. 

In some cases, pain in the legs may be a sign of underlying health conditions. If a woman experiences severe leg pain during period, then it is recommended that she should consult a gynecologist to rule out the medical problems.

What to Do with Leg Pain During Period

There are natural remedies for menstrual leg pain, including:

How to Treat Dysmenorrhea

Besides the methods to relieve leg pain during period, here are more ways to treat dysmenorrhea.

1.     Medication

Sometimes surgery may be done if there are severe underlying conditions such as endometriosis and fibroids.

2.     Home Remedies

When to See a Doctor

You should your doctor if:

The doctor can help you manage most of the symptoms. However, it is imperative that you visit a hospital emergency department if any of the following happens:

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