If your rear end tends to get sore when you have your period, you’re not alone—and you’re not imagining it. For some women, that time of month is literally a pain in the butt, Kelly Kasper, M.D., ob/gyn at Indiana University Health tells SELF.
Cramps, uterine swelling, and bloating can put pressure on your gluteal muscles—the ones that make up the buttocks. When enough tension builds, the muscles might spasm, causing pain in the lower back, pelvis, and butt. This could also make you feel like you have to pee, Elizabeth Kavaler, M.D., clinical assistant professor of urology at Weil Cornell Medical College and director of urogynecology at Lenox Hill Hospital, tells SELF.
Butt pain during period days is especially common if your uterus tilts toward your back, says Christine Herde, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., vice chair of ob/gym at CareMount Medical in New York. Neighboring body parts’ nerves are interconnected, so pain that stems from one place might be felt in another. Most women’s uteruses tilt toward the front, so they feel uterus cramping in their abdomens. But if yours tilts in the reverse direction, which is less common but normal, you might feel cramps in the back or butt.
Dr. Kavaler recommends relaxing the muscles through exercise, a bath, a massage, or whatever you normally do for period pains. If necessary, take a painkiller.
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