Symptoms of menstrual cramps include:

  • Dull, throbbing or cramping pain in your lower abdomen
  • Pain that radiates to your lower back and thighs

Some women also experience:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loose stools
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness

When to see a doctor

If you've started menstruating within the past few years and are experiencing cramps, chances are your menstrual pain is not a cause for concern. However, if menstrual cramps disrupt your life for several days a month or if you're older and just started experiencing severe menstrual cramps, see your doctor.

May. 03, 2011