Are you one of those, who suffer from heavy cramping pain every months, when your periods are coming?

These unpleasant feelings are medically called dysmenorrhea. Menstrual cramps appear in the pelvic area and may be accompanied by nausea, constipation, abdominal bloating and headache.

For some of us discomfort may be subtle, while others find it difficult even to perform daily activities because of cramps and aching in the low tummy.

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Medical professional explain that period pain occurs, when hormone-like chemicals, called prostaglandins, trigger womb's contractions in order to remove its lining away from the body. In addition to this, severe spasms in your uterus may lead to blood vessels constriction, aggravating pain in the lower abdomen.

However it's not always so simple and harmless, as it seems. In some cases heavy menstrual pain may indicate certain disorders, like endometriosis, uterine fibroids, infection, cervical narrowing or ovarian cyst.

Pay attention on the additional symptoms, such as unusual vaginal discharge or odor, fever and profuse bleeding. If noticed any of these signs, get examined by specialist as soon as possible.

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It was found that some categories of women have increased risks of getting menstrual cramps, even if they don't have any underlying conditions:

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#1. Early start of the puberty (at the age of 11 or younger)

#2. Being younger than 30

#3. Having heavy or irregular periods

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#4. Never giving a birth

#5. Having mother or sister with the same problems

#6. Smoking

In most cases it’s not so difficult to fight off menstrual pain. There is a wide variety of over-the-counter medications, which can effectively relieve annoying sensations.

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Your doctor may recommend you hormonal contraceptive pills, which can alleviate cramping and stabilize hormonal levels.

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There are also some ways to prevent or get rid of menstrual pain without taking pills.

Put heating pad on the lower abdomen to ease uterine contractions.

Exercising regularly may be also a good option for menstrual cramps alleviation.

Cutting alcohol, fatty products, sodium-rich foods and tobacco can help you improve your well-being and reduce discomfort.

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Some women notice improvement after getting alternative treatment, like acupuncture, herbal supplements and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.

Be aware that in some cases you may need surgery, if there is any underlying disease that causes annoying sensations in your pelvic area.

Make an appointment with medical professional, to know exactly, what really triggers pain in your body and to find the best method to relieve it.

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