Why does one have period pains and how can you prevent it????
Menstrual cramps are caused by contractions in the uterus, which is a muscle. The uterus, the hollow, pear-shaped organ where a baby grows, contracts throughout a woman's menstrual cycle. If the uterus contracts too strongly, it can press against nearby blood vessels, cutting off the supply of oxygen to the muscle tissue of the uterus. Pain results when part of a muscle briefly loses its supply of oxygen.
To relieve menstrual cramps, you should also:
•Rest when needed.
•Avoid foods that contain caffeine and salt.
•Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.
• Massage your lower back and abdomen.
Taking pain medication can also help relieve the cramps.
Women who exercise regularly often have less menstrual pain. To help prevent cramps, make exercise a part of your weekly routine.
Excellent advice as usual, above, however I would like to interject one nugget of advice/a suggestion.
I used to suffer from otherworldly period pains (I would be crawling on the floor in tears, screaming so loudly that my family would have to close all the windows because the neighbours would call the police to come and check that everything was okay; it was incredibly embarrassing. And that reaction wasn't some over the top display either, I've had multiple surgeries and have a number of piercings and tattoos ! I would also be light headed constantly and vomited a LOT). Doctors had no explanation other than "well, everyone experieces periods differently, your symptoms are just extreme unfortunately".
If you're finding your symptoms unbearable, I recommend a monthly injection of DepoProvera (this will prevent your periods in a way that is not harmful to your body; when you feel ready to have a child or perhaps you just want a periods for kicks and giggles, you will have them resume upon stopping treatment).