PMS cramps cause misery for many women. It's bad enough that cramps are likely to strike during your period, but as a prelude to what's in store during every woman's least favorite time of the month, cramps can also occur during the two preceding weeks as a symptom of PMS.
So why cramps during PMS? Changes in production levels of hormones and ovulation. Some women have such severe PMS cramps so severely that what they experience is equivalent to and even worse than those experienced by most women during menstruation. PMS cramps are a painful and inconvenient, but it's important to remember that they are not an indication of bad health or a symptom that anything's wrong. If you're unfortunate enough to suffer PMS cramps, think more in terms of your reproductive system working hyper-efficiently to drive the natural process of the menstrual cycle along. Cramps and other PMS symptoms are an unfortunate side effect!
Menstrual and premenstrual cramps are actually contractions of the smooth muscles that line the female reproductive tract to help migration of the egg (ovum) from the ovary to the uterus via the fallopian tubes for fertilization and then implantation. If this doesn't occur then the response is to expel the now unnecessary lining of the womb. The good news is that in most cases, the discomfort caused by PMS cramps can be prevented with over the counter pain-killers (ibuprofen, acetaminophen etc.). Gentle exercise and stretching and lots of rest with a good old hot water bottle are also guaranteed to help.
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