Menstruation is a monthly ritual during the fertile years of a female’s life. This characterizes the shedding of the endometrial lining and the elimination of the unfertilized ovum. Aspects like the interim duration between two periods ranging from 28 to 32 days; the duration of the periods that could extend from 3 to 7 days and the intensity of the blood flow vary from one woman to another.
There are many symptoms that women tend to experience prior to the onset of menstruation and during its occurrence. These symptoms include tiredness, mood swings, emotional vulnerability, abdominal cramping, headaches, giddiness, vomiting, diarrhea, and pain in the abdominal region, lower portion of the back, legs and thighs. However again, the timing, duration and intensity of these symptoms are seldom similar from one woman to another.
Pain in the legs is a frequent complain amongst women, either during the premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or during the menstrual cycle. Studies reveal several causes that could be responsible for leg pain during menstruation. Some of these causes are dehydration, mineral and vitamin deficiency, sharing of nerve pathway between the uterus and legs, endometriosis, and dysmenorrhea.
Endometriosis is characterized by the uterine tissue growing in other body parts resulting in abrasions in the pelvic cavity, bowel, intestines, colon, appendix, rectum and bladder; which in turn results in pain in the pelvic region, lower back and the legs.
The disorder of dysmenorrhea also makes menstruation a highly painful process leading to side effects such as heavy menstrual flow, cramps, giddiness, vomiting, diarrhea, faintness, headaches, and pain in the back and legs.
In general, heat compression and intake of anti-inflammatory and non-steroidal pain killers is recommended to obtain relief from such type of leg pain.
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