Why Your Butt Sometimes Hurts During Your Period

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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.

Most commonly, the culprit of butt pain during period days is muscle tension.

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.

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