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My daughter is having severe mental cramps. What should I do?
Period cramps are the worst! During our period, we produce a hormone called prostaglandin which causes our uterus to contract so we can shed our endometrial lining. For some, the pain is much more intense and lasts longer if they are producing more prostaglandins. In addition, girls who start having their period at an earlier age can have more painful periods. Lastly, the intensity of period cramps can be linked to genetics as well.
Generally speaking the cramping is the most intense the first and second day of your period and often responds to anti-inflammatories like Ibuprofen. Sometimes we can start women on birth control to help reduce their period intensity as well. I would review with your daughter’s doctor to see what options can help manage her period pain.