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

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

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...