What are menstrual cramps?
Menstrual cramps can be different for every woman. In response to the secretion of prostaglandins, the uterus contracts to help shed its lining every month, as a result inducing pain sensation in the lower abdomen and pelvis region. These higher levels of prostaglandin account for severe menstrual cramps. Its severity can vary from a dull ache to sharp intense spasms that can last for a couple of days. Sometimes, it can radiate towards the lower back, thighs, and butt. It starts 2 to 3 days before the onset of bleeding and reaches its peak 24 hours during the first day of menstruation. These cramps usually subside after 2 to 3 days.
Symptoms of Menstrual cramps
The severity of menstrual cramps can vary from woman to woman. Some of its symptoms are:
- Throbbing pain in the pelvis and lower abdomen
- Continuous ache
- Pain spreads towards the lower back and thighs