Starting from the teen-age, most of us suffer from monthly abdominal cramps, mood swings, headaches and food cravings, which come several days before periods.

These symptoms have common term – premenstrual syndrome.

You probably know that menses occur, when uterine lining is shedding and passing through the vagina outside.

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It's OK to feel some discomfort, aching and cramps during menstruation. But is it normal, if your monthly events interfere with your daily activities and make it impossible to get out of bed?

Specialists say that sometimes severe menstrual pain can be a sign of serious health issues.

Pain may be accompanied by other symptoms like abnormal vaginal discharge or changes in bowel movements.

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Consult with your doctor, if have any of these warning types of menstrual pain:

#1. Unbearable pain in lower abdomen together with heavy bleeding – uterine fibroids are benign tumors, which frequently affect women in childbearing age. Small myomas (second name of fibroids) usually stay symptomless. However sometimes they can increase in size, causing profuse vaginal bleeding and intensive pain in the lower abdomen.

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#2. Severe lower back pain – feeling aching in the lower part of your back during menstruation is normal. The problem is, if this pain becomes more severe than it was earlier, as it can be a sign of endometriosis (condition, when uterine lining appears anywhere outside its natural location).

#3. Abrupt pain in the one side of the pelvis – sudden pain in the right or left side of your pelvic area may indicate medical emergency, called ovarian torsion. It happens, when the ovary with or without fallopian tube twists, reducing blood supply to itself.

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#4. Dull, nagging pain that lasts for a long time – it may start before your menstruation-time and last for a long time, even when your period is over. It may be caused by ovarian cyst, which looks like a fluid-filled sac, located in the ovarian tissue. Pain may become more or less intensive during the cycle, depending on the hormonal fluctuations.

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#5. Intensive abdominal spasms – women with endometriosis often complain of severe cramps in the pelvis, accompanied by prolonged periods and painful urination or/and defecation.

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