This is not really about BFing, but I'm posting here because we are all at least a year beyond the birth. Does anyone else get pain with their menstrual period? I don't mean cramps, I mean I feel bruised and sore from around the vaginal opening to the outer labia, like I did for about 6 wks after giving birth. Is this normal? This is only my third period since my son was born, but they have been regular (every 30 days). I never had this before I had children and I just wondered if this is common or something I should see my ob-gyn about. Yes, I know, I know, I should see him anyway. I've been putting it off because I hate lying on that table with my legs spread... And while I have your attention, and while we're on the subject of pain down there, can I ask how long you had pain during intercourse after giving birth?