reproductive health


Question by  Emoney (13)

Why does my period pain go to my lower back and leg?

I've asked around, and no one else seems to have this problem.


Answer by  RabbitPacker (110)

It's actually not at all uncommon for menstrual cramps to extend to the lower back or legs. During your period, the breaking down on the uterine lining causes your body to release hormones that cause uterine contractions, which starts your period's flow. These muscle contractions cause other muscles around them to tense up - like in your back and legs.


Answer by  Mable (3008)

Period pain is caused by cramping. The pain is sometimes "transferred" or felt in other tissue; sometimes the uterus is tipped toward the back and this increases pain there.


Answer by  RachelW (932)

It is not unusual for period pain to include the lower back, because that is where the uterus is located. You may be holding yourself differently because of the pain, which could lead to leg pain.


Answer by  cindy (1484)

Pain can radiate from the area from which it originates due to cross-over between nerves. You may be unique in having this cross-over from most people.


Answer by  YellowCup (1650)

Before, during, and even after your menstruation cycle your body can be in pain. Pain, other than around the small abdomen is extremely common during menstruation, especially in the lower back. General pain can be all over, including legs, upper back, and even arms. Headaches are common, especially migraines. Some women experience pain up to a whole week before cycle.


Answer by  aljjrj (33)

It could be a sign of endometriosis. You should make an appointment with your primary care provider or an OBGYN. This can be treated, but you must make the first step. If it is endometriosis and you let it go untreated you are only setting yourself up for more symptoms and pain.

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