Looking for a popular subject? Just click on a tag!

boys puberty early puberty play list adolescent development hormones pregnancy homosexuality development teen identity reproduction teen behavior pre-school Trichomonas something new about you ego premature puberty friends environmental toxins dating violence Intern dating vaginal discharge friendships 4th grader breast cancer sexual health breast buds nonconsensual pornography cancer prevention social development selfie first period voice sexually transmitted infections periods the talk anatomy Melisa Holmes preteen menstrual cramps instagram warts period parent-child connection road show cramps sex sex ed Sex Talk normal period relationships cervical cancer harassment gifts parenting prom vaping sexuality ed #notyourgirl vaginal odor smoking abstinence promise ring new moon girls anxiety spencer george cell phones hpv LARC breast health LARCs vaccination girlology vagina breast acne parenting tween hair bisexual dysmenorrhea emerging sexuality pap smear teen early development bra music parenting teens AIDS there's something new about you queer love e-cigarettes powerful girls parenting teen revenge porn friendship condom emotions sexuality transgender book review gratitude parent-child father-daughter sexual development body image good for you girls breast pain moods gardasil vulva KTFF HPV vaccine teen relationships sexting HIV menstrual cup Gonorrhea communication question of the week girls puberty teen brain self-acceptance early childhood body odor cancer middle school menstruation red flags teen pregnancy prevention pornography mental health Let's Talk TEDx Greenville Trish Hutchison birth control healthy relationships sexual desire STEM self worth Playlist breast development self confidence teen dating condoms irregular period social media tween menstrual calendar knixteen vaccine uterus pillow menarche breast bud body language Chlamydia 5th grade masturbation tampon period cramps skipped period STD STI coming out oral sex TEDx toxic shock self esteem puberty touch hunger risk taking Herpes organic prevention contraception toxins breast growth pubic hair 4th grade eating disorder adolescents consent menstrual period breast size porn precocious puberty sexual abuse prevention hygiene boys' puberty

Menstrual cramps or period cramps (also known by the medical term “dysmenorrhea”) are that nagging ache that creeps up on you before or during your period. They usually last for 1-3 days. For some menstruators, cramping is barely noticeable, but for others, it can be a real pain in the pelvis (or lower back, or vagina, or upper thighs!). Sometimes cramps can be so painful, they cause nausea, vomiting or even fainting. The good news is that they tend to get less severe with age or after childbirth, but until then, they often require some treatment to prevent them from preventing YOU from having your usual fun!

But WHY?

Remember that your uterus is like a hollow muscle with a nice fluffy lining on the inside (called the...