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Where does that stomach ache come from?

Ah, the monthly period. A time when some of us transform into superheroes battling the forces of PMS, while others curl up on the couch, armed with chocolate, a hot water bottle, and a marathon of our favorite series.

Have you ever wondered why some of us during this time are more like a character in a tragedy than like ourselves? Let's dive into the mysterious world of menstrual cramps and discover where those stomach aches come from.

The main culprit: menstrual cramps

Menstrual cramps, or dysmenorrhea, are like that annoying guest at a party who no one invited but always shows up. It is caused by contraction of the uterine muscles, stimulated by prostaglandins. These hormone-like substances are the directors of the show, telling the uterus when it is time to shed the uterine lining. And sometimes, like an overly enthusiastic director, they can go a little overboard, resulting in the pain and cramps we all know (and don't love).

First aid for menstrual cramps

When cramps strike, there are a few tricks you can try to ease the pain:
1. Rest and relaxation are your best friends.
2. A hot water bottle can do wonders for your stomach or lower back.
3. Try some light exercises or have someone massage your lower back.
4. And then of course there is the good old painkiller. NSAIDs like Ibuprofen can be a lifesaver.

Dysmenorrhea: the facts

Most girls and women will experience menstrual cramps at some point in their lives. For some it is just a mild irritation, for others it can feel like an intense battle that has to be fought every month. Fortunately, there are treatments available, such as short-term NSAIDs and hormonal birth control, which not only help prevent pregnancy but can also reduce cramping.

When should you go to the doctor?

If you have tried to manage the pain yourself without success, or if the pain is affecting your daily life, it is time to call a professional. Your doctor can work with you to explore other treatment options and ensure that there are no underlying conditions causing the pain.

Future perspective

While menstrual cramps can be a lifelong companion for some, it's good to know that for many it improves with time. And, if you choose to have children, you may find that pain decreases after childbirth.

So there you have it, a little insight into where that stomach ache comes from and what you can do about it. Remember that you are not alone in this struggle and help is always available. And who knows, maybe the next menstrual cycle will be more of a small wave than a tsunami of pain.

Does menstrual underwear help with stomach pain?

Of course, menstrual underwear cannot take away abdominal pain. However, it may be more convenient not to use tampons for abdominal pain and cramps. Some ladies do not like to use sanitary towels because most sanitary towels contain chemical products. Pants are a nice alternative. You can then opt for a high-waist hipphugger , which provides more support for the abdomen, or for lower bamboo bottoms such as the bikini undie .

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