Menstrual Cramps

What are menstrual cramps?

Sharp pains in the lower abdomen occurring upon menstruation and can continue for 2-3 days after. Pain levels can occur from a mild inconvenience to severe interfering with normal everyday activities.

Menstrual cramps are the biggest reason for absenteeism at work or school in woman 30 years and younger. The pain temporarily disables over half the women having menstrual cramps.

What makes a woman more likely to experience menstrual cramps?

– Starting your first cycle at 11 years or younger
– Periods lasting more than 5 days.
– Overweight or obesity
– Smoking & alcohol use
– Never having been pregnant

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