So why do we experience cramps???
During your period, your body releases chemicals called prostaglandins. These chemicals cause the muscles of your uterus to contract to help push your period out. The contractions can cause mild to intense and painful cramps in your abdominal or tummy area.
Sometimes these contractions can also affect your intestinal tract and may cause period diarrhea.
Don't worry though. Cramps are a completely normal part of having your period. Cramps usually occur right before your period and during the first few days of your period. Once you become more experienced of familiar with your period, you will be better able to predict your cramps.
What can I do to help my cramps?
After over eight years of having a period, I have some tips and tricks to share to make your cramps more bearable.
- Drink hot liquids ie. hot water, hot chocolate, tea
- Apply heat to your tummy area ie. hot water bottle, rubbing your tummy with your hand
- Exercise (surprising right?)
- Eat chocolate (in short, chocolate releases endorphins making cramps a bit more bearable)
- Eat bananas (potassium can help with muscle cramps)
- Take a nice hot bath
- Have an orgasm
What do you do to relieve your cramps?