Posted by Mwanji

Hi. I have been having bloating issues for almost 3weeks. My periods delayed until the 39day of the cycle. I did a pregnancy test at day 37 but it came out negative. In the last few days i experienced back pains. My periods really hurt from headache, bloating and back ache. Should i be worried about something in my body...?


Hi Mwanji,

Its normal to have irregular periods. They are sometimes painful and can cause a lot of discomfort.

Sometimes you may feel tired, grumpy, or sad right before your period. This is pretty common. Most of it's related to the changes in your hormones levels.

So what can you do when you’ve got period pains?
The best thing to do is look after yourself.
Here are some suggestions:
For stomach aches
Use a hot water bottle/bag on your stomach to ease the cramps
Take a paracetamol or aspirin
For a headache
Take a paracetamol or aspirin
For bloating or swelling
Cut down the amount of salt you eat for a few days before your period.
For tiredness
Take vitamin supplements that include Calcium (drink milk)
Have plenty of rest and try to get eight hours of sleep
For moodiness
Exercising regularly for up to 30 minutes a day helps maintain a happy outlook on life
For food cravings like chocolate
Eat dark chocolate, yoghurt, or drink milk
If you've got extreme pain, and these suggestions don't help or you have problems like irregular cycles or excessive blood flow, contact your nearest health care provider for more guidance.