7 Reasons for Painful Periods and Menstrual Cramps

7 Reasons for Painful Periods and Menstrual Cramps (everydayhealth.com)

[Everyday Health, 1/24/19]  What causes menstrual cramps? Most women ask this question at some time in their life. It seems that when it comes to that time of the month, mild cramps, bloating, and irritability — although nuisances — are all to be expected. However, crippling period pain, heavy bleeding, serious fatigue, and other symptoms that affect your quality of life are not.

With menstrual cramps, mild to intense abdominal cramping begins within 24 hours of the start of your period and continues for days. Symptoms of period pain include:

  • Dull, constant ache
  • Menstrual cramps that radiate to your lower back and thighs
  • Throbbing or cramping pain in your uterus during the period

Some women also experience:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Loose bowels
  • Nausea

But what causes cramps during your period? Menstrual cramps are generally categorized as “primary dysmenorrhea,” which is caused by the elevated production of prostaglandins, hormones produced by the uterus that cause it to contract. When you have strong uterine contractions, the blood supply to the uterus is momentarily shut down, depriving the uterus muscle of oxygen and setting up the cycle of menstrual cramps and pain. Some studies show that women with severe menstrual cramps have stronger uterine contractions than others do when giving birth…………

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