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Menstrual Cramps

Menstrual Cramps, Get Some Relief.

Menstrual cramps are something that women have lived with through the ages. Sometimes along with diarrhea, nausea, and headaches. So, what causes these symptoms and cramping?

Menstrual cramps are caused by the contractions of your uterus as blood leaves it when no egg has been fertilized and implanted. The lining of the uterus also releases hormones called prostaglandins. These hormones make the contractions stronger and can cause the other symptoms of bowel disturbance plus headaches.

As soon as you notice you have the cramps, begin taking a pain reliever such as Aleve or Advil. Both help with inflammation as well as normal pain. Tylenol won’t give you the same relief. Heating pads, warm baths, and some herbs can help relieve the cramping.

Ibuprofen and Naproxen Sodium works by stopping the body’s manufacture of the prostaglandins. Most of the herbs that I have tried haven’t helped as much as the OTC meds. Those two medicines are not related to aspirin, so if you have aspirin allergies, they are safe. Young girls may take them as well.

For mild cramping, try exercise. It has been shown to help relieve mild cramps. No effect has been shown on more severe cramping.

If all else fails, speak with your doctor. He or she may be able to prescribe something that will help, such as birth control which can be used to help with cramps or even eliminate your period.

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