Menstrual cramps, also known as dysmenorrhea or period pains, are painful sensations felt in the lower abdomen that can occur both before and during a woman’s menstrual period. The pain ranges from dull and annoying to severe and extreme.
Menstrual cramps tend to begin after an egg is released from the ovaries and travels down the fallopian tube (ovulation).About half of women experience menstrual cramps, and about 15% describe the pain as severe. It has been shown that women who do not exercise experience more painful menstrual cramps. So many women have the belief that menstrual pain stops after childbirth
There are two primary types of these difficult or painful periods
Ways to reduce menstrual pain