Relieving a woman of distressing monthly menstruation cramps is often more than precious jewelries to her.
Many women get to the web in search of such useful information only
to be blown away with an avalanche of options thrown on them with or
without any evidence of efficacy.
This page seeks to present
concise info on what menstrual cramps are, their likely causes and most
especially the plausible remedies.
Menstrual Cramps Are Common
Though common, menstrual cramps are not part of normal menstruation.
Up to 50% of menstruating women report cramps of some degree and about 15% report severe pains.
As high as 90% of adolescence have reported menstrual pains in some surveys.
report indicated that about 14 percent of females between the ages of
20 to 35 experience symptoms so severe that they are unable to go to
school or work.
What Are Cramps?
Menstrual cramps are lower abdominal or pelvic pain that occurs
during the period of menses. It usually originates from the uterus. The
medical term for this pain is dysmenorrhea.
Normal menstruation may be associated with minor, negligible uterine pain.
It must be distinguished from Mid cycle pain ovulation pain which is associated with process of ovulation.
Identifying menstruation cramps is often obvious to many women. The
flaring symptom is pain in the region below the umbilicus ( lower
abdomen), often central but could be left or right-sided. Some women
have reported the pain extending to their thigh and lower back.
A few characteristics of the cramps are given below.
- They could either be crampy, throbbing, shooting or dull in nature and may either be periodic or continual.
symptoms that could come along the pain include nausea and vomiting,
diarrhea,constipation and headache. Other women report fatigue, fainting
or even disorientation. Not all women report the same combination of
- It usually begins on the first day of
menses but may precede it by a few days. Whatever way, it
characteristically wanes as menstruation tapers
- The type of symptoms present and the severity of the pain distinguish more severe forms of menstrual cramps often called bad menstrual cramps.
Pain anywhere in the body often triggers the fear of an underlying
disease.Many women would want to be aware of the possibility of any
underlying cause and so often ask themselves “Could this be the voice
of a problem with my genital tract?.” Women should not overlook the
importance of this in the pursuit of cramp relief.
There are two
general categories of menstrual cramps, depending on the time of
onset and/or causes. They could either be described as primary or
- Primary dysmenorrhea. Menstruation
pain that begins within 6 to 12 months of the first menses without any
obvious identifiable cause is called primary menstruation cramp or
- Secondary dysmenorrhea .As
the name implies means the pains are secondary to an abnormality of the
genital tract. There is usually an underlying disease. This explains
why secondary dysmenorrhea should be evaluated medically to exclude
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