Menstrual Cramps Directory
Menstrual cramps, also called dysmenorrhea, are a common form of pain in menstruating women. They may start shortly before a woman's period and last for several days. Menstrual cramps can cause pain in the abdomen, hips, lower back, and inner thighs. Menstrual cramp relief can come from over-the-counter painkillers, heating pads, massage, rest, and avoiding caffeine and alcohol. For severe cramps, your doctor can prescribe medications. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about what causes menstrual cramps, how to find pain relief, and much more.
What Are Menstrual Cramps?
WebMD explains menstrual cramps, which can simply be a tightening of the muscles of the uterus or a symptom of a disorder of the reproductive organs.
An Overview of Menstrual Pain
Menstrual pain can range from mild to unbearable. WebMD explains what is behind the pain and what you can do about it.
What Are Common Period Problems?
Getting your period means much more than blood. Here’s the down-low on the downside.
Your Vagina: An Owner’s Manual
WebMD provides a no-nonsense guide to your vagina and vaginal health.
Exercise: SOS for Menstrual Cramps
The best relief for period pain? Get off the couch and on the move.
What Your Gynecologist Wants You to Know
Does your gyno notice if you wax? WebMD shares seven secrets and tips from female doctors.
Period Problems: What They Mean and When to See the Doctor
The Monthly Bill. The Woman's Curse. The nicknames we give to the monthly shedding of the uterus lining reflect the troubles it brings. So how do you know what's normal and what's not?
When Your Period Signals a Problem
Pain, bleeding, and missed periods may be signs that something is wrong.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: 13 Ways to Get Rid of Menstrual Cramps
How can you get rid cramps? Find tips about what works to help you feel better during your period, now and next month.
Slideshow: A Visual Guide to Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
From mood swings to the munchies, learn about the symptoms, causes and treatments of premenstrual syndrome in this slideshow on PMS.
Slideshow: Best and Worst Foods for Cramps
What you eat can affect your cramps -- for better or for worse. Here are the best and worst foods and drinks for when you’re in pain.
Slideshow: Girl to Woman: Your Changing Body During Puberty
See these signs of puberty for young girls. Find out what happens during puberty including acne, breast changes, growth spurts, and more.