To really know what do period cramps feel like, it is important for you to understand why you even have these cramps in the first place.
WHAT ARE CRAMPS?
Menstrual cramps are pains that are felt in the lower abdomen or pelvic region that can happen before, during and after a woman's menstrual period.
For some women menstrual cramps are mild which can last for a few hours. While for some other women it can be severe and last for a much longer time.
These cramps are caused when the uterus contracts to shed its lining as your period.
The process of shedding the uterine lining is triggered by the prostaglandins. These hormone-like chemical messengers(prostaglandins) are usually associated with pain and injury.
WHERE ARE PERIOD CRAMPS LOCATED?
Cramps are usually felt in the pelvic region and lower abdomen and upper thighs. Although some women also experience lower back ache as well.
WHAT DO PERIOD Pains FEEL LIKE?
The way cramps feel varies from woman to woman.
Cramps can feel like a tugging sensation in the lower abdomen to a tightening and aching pain in the stomache.
It also feels like the contracting and squeezing of the muscles of the uterus (slightly similar to how women feel in labour). For some women it's a dull pain while for others it could feel like a sharp, stabbing pain that could be really uncomfortable.
In some cases, severe pain could interfere with a woman's day to day activities.
what are the causes menstrual pain?
Dysmenorrhea is the medical name for period pain(cramps). There are two types of menstrual cramps, namely:
This is a common cramp that is caused by the contractions of the uterus. It usually starts 1-2 days before period starts. It is not caused by any disease in the female reproductive system.
These are cramps caused by disease or a disorder in the woman's reproductive systems. Diseases such as endometriosis, adenomyosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, infection, uterine fibroid,cervical stenosis. These pain is usually last for a longer period than a pain from a normal occurring cramps.
what are period pain symptoms?
The most common period pain symptoms are pain in the lower abdomen and pelvic region.
Other symptoms you may experience are:
- Lower back ache
- Leg and hip pain
WHAT DO CRAMPS FEEL LIKE IN EARLY PREGNANCY?
Cramps in early pregnancy is similar to the pains you experience during your period. In fact cramping is one of the earliest signs of pregnancy.
You may experience cramps for the following reasons:
- During implantation cramping, when the embryo(fertilised egg) attaches itself to the lining of the uterus. This usually happens around 6-7 days past ovulation.
- When the uterus changes in size and shape to accommodate for the embryo development.
HOW TO DESCRIBE PERIOD TO A GUY
Some women explain period pain to guys as:
"Someone stabbing you in the stomach and twisting the knife"
"A combination of muscle cramps and stomach pains and the feeling of you have to poop"
what helps with cramps during period
- Taking a warm shower could really go a long way in relieving the pains you feel during period.
- Use hot water bottle: Doctors recommend using a hot treatment like the hot water bottle to get relieve from menstrual cramps.
- Look for or take an over the counter painkiller that contains ibuprofen or naproxen sodium for an immediate pain relief.
- Change you sitting or lying down position. Alternate sides that you lie on. Also do some exercise or go for a walk
when to be worried about your cramps.
Most women get better after taking a painkiller or using the natural home remedies.
You should seek medical help if:
- The cramps becomes severe that it interferes with your daily activities
- If the cramps intensify as your period progresses
- If you think you are pregnant
- If you have heavy or excessive bleeding.
- if you develop symptoms of infections such as fever, body aches during your monthly period.