If you never suffer from period pain or menstrual cramps then you’re a very lucky girl. Unfortunately, for many girls, it’s just a plain fact of life that before and during a period you may suffer from menstrual cramps (doctors call menstrual pain dysmenorrhea).
Usually menstrual pain is mild. But sometimes it can be severe. Menstrual pains can vary: either sharp stabs that make you double up or a nagging pain that spreads through your belly and lower back. Some girls also experience dizziness, nausea, diarrhea or even vomiting.