We’ve all been there. While we’re all for the idea of embracing our periods as beacons of our womanhood, it becomes increasingly hard to do when you’re doubled over in pain, clutching your tummy which feels tied up in knots from menstrual cramps. You’re not alone. Many women experience painful menstrual cramps. “The experience of cramping is different for everyone who menstruates. There are a lucky few who never experience cramps. However, most experience mild to moderate cramping, and for some, menstrual cramps can be excruciating and debilitating,”says Dr. Joan Berman, OB-GYN.
I turned to Dr. Berman, to explain the science behind what goes down in our lower bellies when it’s that time of the month, and to find out how to get rid of cramps.