About half the women in the entire world will suffer from period pain at some point, so you’re not alone in having this problem. Lots of girls quickly figure out how to use Kotex® pads to deal with their period but are still irritated by the cramps they get. However, do you know what causes these cramps?
What causes period cramps?
Many girls get period cramps during the first few days of their period. The cramps are normally caused by a hormone called Prostaglandins, which actually helps your period to happen. The hormone causes the uterus to contract, making it easier for the extra 'fluffy' lining that the uterus has built up (preparation for a possible pregnancy that didn't happen this month) and egg to leave your body in the form of a period. One thing you should know is that period pain is a different kind of pain than what you would get from PMS. PMS affects girls a little bit before their period starts and gets better when they actually have their period, while period cramps usually start as soon as girls get their period.
Period cramps normally start right before you get your period and are at their worst about a day after you first start feeling sore. You might get cramps more than your mom or older sister as they tend to affect younger women and girls more and get less painful with age. You may also feel some pain in your lower legs and thighs, and unfortunately the same hormone that causes period pain can also cause you to feel nauseous, dizzy and bloated. Period cramps can be genetic (like your curly hair or long fingers). So, for help with period cramps, maybe ask your mom if she suffered from cramps when she was younger. You never know, she might have a few home remedies for period pain you can try.
If you are having a late period combined with period cramps, it’s always best to get professional advice and speak to a doctor.
The advice provided in this material is general in nature and is not intended as medical advice. If you need medical advice, please consult your health care professional.