However, while it’s normal to experience minor pain during menstruation, experiencing severe pain during menstruation is not.
See: When to See Your Doctor About Menstrual Cramps
If you’ve never had menstrual cramps, you may wonder how they feel. Menstrual cramp sufferers describe their pain in a number of different ways, from feeling constant lower abdominal pain to experiencing sharp, intermittent pain, or even dull aches. Some women say they experience pain only in their backs.
When the cramps occur even varies from woman to woman. Some women have menstrual cramps that begin before menstruation, while others have cramps that begin when menstruation does. Typically, menstrual cramps diminish as menstrual bleeding slows.
If you experience what feels like menstrual cramps mid-cycle, you may have another condition called Mittelschmerz.
Source: Painful Menstrual Periods; Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003150.htm; accessed 05/21/08
Painful Menstrual Periods; Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003150.htm; accessed 05/21/08