How to Relieve Lower Back Pain During PMS

Lower back pain can be debilitating and disrupt day-to-day functions. Read this article and find out how to manage back pain during PMS.

By Nancy Amon
Edited by Taj Schlebusch

Published October 30, 2021.

The hormones related to the female reproductive system cause the muscles to contract and become tense, which leads to back pain, and more.

The good news is that there are many ways to get instant relief from period-related back pain. Continue reading to learn more.

Why Does the Lower Back Hurt During Your Period?

When it comes to having a period, the body prepares well in advance for the process. While there are hormones that prepare the body for pregnancy, there is a hormone that breaks it all down.

Prostaglandin is also produced in the lining of the uterus and plays a role in the expelling of the endometrium lining. It causes headaches, severe lower back pain, and uterine cramps before and during a period.

Tips For Reducing Lower Back Pain

There are many ways to get relief from lower back pain during the period.

Some include the following:

  • Using a heating pad, a warm bath, or shower will soothe muscle spasms and tension in the lower back and, as a result, provide instant relief.
  • Exercise for back pain during periods helps. You could try light to moderate aerobics, walking briskly, or taking a jog to ease the pain.
  • Relax and get enough rest so that your body can recover naturally.
  • Get over-the-counter pain medication like NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs).

When Should You See A Doctor For PMS Pain?

Pregnancy usually has symptoms similar to PMS, like tender breasts, headaches, nausea, lower back pain, cramps, and fatigue. Therefore, you may start questioning whether you are experiencing the regular lower back pain that comes with a period or are pregnant.

If your period is late, we suggest you take a pregnancy test before seeing the doctor.

However, it is best to seek medical attention if you're experiencing the following:

  • Severe bleeding along with dizziness. (Could lead to anemia and iron deficiency.)
  • Your cramps are getting worse lately when they usually aren't that bad.
  • If you're having pain and you're not on your period.
  • Your period and lower back pain spreads to other parts of your body, like your legs, or further into your back.