What causes menstrual cramps?
Menstrual pain is the crampy, lower abdominal pain that starts during menstrual bleeding and slowly gets better over the next 12-72 hours. Primary menstrual pain is caused by an increase in certain types of pain producing chemicals, and can be relieved with over-the-counter medicines. Menstrual pain occurs in many women, however, compared to any ordinary pain, it can get in the way of your daily activities and affect your quality of life. To better understand menstrual pain, let’s go through the step-by-step process that causes it: