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Cramps are such a pain! (No pun intended.) So what can you do about them? Well the first step is understanding them. Here’s the lowdown on your down low period pains and some tips for some much-needed relief!
If a woman doesn’t become pregnant during her menstrual cycle, the lining of the uterus (endometrium) breaks down and hormones are released. These hormones, prostaglandins, tell the muscles of the uterus to squeeze the lining out. These muscles are the same ones that push a baby out during childbirth, so they are very strong. Some women may have a lot of prostaglandin, which makes their muscles squeeze faster and harder. It’s believed that this is why we get cramps.
Most girls treat cramps simply with over-the-counter pain medicine, stretching, heat (like heating pads or a hot shower) and lots of rest. In some cases, cramps can be extreme. You probably won’t need to see your doctor about period pains, but if they seem pretty unbearable, tell your mum and she may work together with your doctor to suggest some of these treatments.
What do you do to ease your period pains?