When periods are a pain

Got a niggle or an unusual symptom? Follow our guide to age-related period problems and new ways to solve them.

In your 30s


The number of women being diagnosed with chlamydia has risen sharply in recent years. The increase is thought to be down to both better testing and women having more sexual partners.
Chlamydia often has no obvious symptoms but, if left untreated, can cause infertility. ‘Use condoms with a new partner,’ says Lynn Hearton of the Family Planning Association.

– For more information visit the FPA website


90 per cent of women experience PMS, but what’s the latest treatment for it? ‘A new Pill called YAZ should be available on the NHS this year. It uses a different type of progesterone, which has beneficial side effects to women who have PMS,’ says Dr Nick Panay of the National Association for Premenstrual Syndrome (NAPS).

For a natural option, try extract of agnus castus, from health stores.

-For more information visit the PMS website


Endometriosis happens when the tissue lining the womb grows on other organs. It affects 10 per cent of women aged 16-50. Common symptoms include painful, heavy or irregular periods and pain during sex. There are a range of treatments and a new pill called Visanne should be available on the NHS later this year. Caroline Overton, medical advisor for Endometriosis UK, says, ‘Visanne contains a synthetic hormone called dienogest. Studies have shown it reduces pain and endometriosis lesions.’

-For more information visit the endometriosis website