YOU MAY HAVE EXPERIENCED LADY CRAMPS BEFORE, DURING OR AFTER YOUR PERIOD….
…they might be deep in your tummy, could be around your back or even just a general ‘urgh’. For some of you lovelies your lady cramps can be really painful and
difficult to cope with.For years and years, and well loads more years, old white men have been the ones to look after us (doctors) and to create products for us
ladies (tampons etc) and so none of them have had the foggiest idea how painful they can be or even that they happen.
LET’S FACE IT, HOW MANY OF US HAVE REALLY TALKED INTIMATELY AND HONESTLY ABOUT OUR PERIODS WITH THE MEN FOLK IN OUR LIVES AND WHY?
Maybe you’ve felt it’s something that wasn’t really s’posed to be talked about, or you know, maybe you’re embarrassed? This goes a long way in explaining the reason why period pains are so overlooked and under treated in comparison to male pain - cue man flu!Getting to know not only your period but your lady bits (insert whatever you call your hoo-ha) is really important in knowing what works best for you, how your hormones run in or out of whack over your cycle and how to manage your emotions best over that time. If you’re like me, there are a couple of days just before I get my period where an ant being stepped on will make me break down in tears or I want to rescue ALL the puppies from the rescue shelter.…….So what exactly causes lady pains and what the hell can we do about it?
Research shows that lady pains are caused by prostaglandins. These are hormone-like substances that help the uterus contract to shed the uterine lining, also known as the endometrium. As a rule of thumb, the timing of your lady pains (before, mid or after) are generally the same each time you have your period but how painful they are can vary. Keeping a period journal can be really useful to keep a track of when you can expect your pains (cue link to our period journal!)
You can get your cramps at any time around bleeding...before, (perimenstrual) are in the uterus and pelvis and are super duper common symptoms in the days leading up to and whilst your bleeding. Some people can also experience pain during the period in the backs of their legs and lower back. During your period is called mid-cycle (original name huh?!) and is known in the biz as Mittelschmerz and you can usually feel that in your lower abdomen. What does it feel like? Well some ladies experience deep sharp stabbing whilst some ladies feel it like a deep tummy rumble that is really hungry, like when you see jaffa cakes for the first time in a year and you JUST NEED THEM IN YOUR LIFE.There’s no telling how long they’ll last from one person to the next or even from one cycle to the next… it could be a quick stab here and there or it could last for days.
There are a few over the counter drugs that can work if you’re into that sort of thing: ibuprofen etc but there’s also some evidence for non-pharma products such as heat (if anything else, it feels so damn cozy having a hot water bottle on your tummy). And whilst more research is needed and results were promising, we’re of the belief that herbal remedies, exercise and diet can be super duper helpful. Acupuncture and reflexology have helped our founder, Jette, to cure cramps and ills during her period and if you haven’t tried essential oils why don’t you read this post over here and make sure you sign up for our newsletter here because we’ve got some goodies launching soon!
So, while we’ve spoken about no period is the same as anyone else’s, there are some guidelines for what's normal pain and what’s not. Often times
(because of those old white men we spoke about up there) we’ve been told that pain is normal and should be a regular occurance. Let’s fact check that. IT SHOULDN’T AND IT’S NOT.
Yes, some ladies will feel pain, others may not and others may feel diminished pain the more they listen to their cycles and body’s.
GETTING FAMILIAR WITH YOUR BODY IS SO IMPORTANT.
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If you can try to do this from now on, you’re honest to goodness gonna feel so much more at ease with your body and your period. And that is what we’re all about! Empowering you through your period. Getting to know your period and its symptoms (pain, emotions etc) is also a bloody good baseline so for when something is wrong, you know it. Like we said before, nobody knows your body like you do. You’ll also be able to track and know when something affects your pain, maybe this month you ate way more Kit- Kats than normal and your ladypains are off the richter scale, or maybe you were going through a phase of really clean eating and you hardly noticed them at all. All of this personal research that you’re doing is REALLY REALLY good. If your lady pains are getting in the way of day-to-day functioning, go see someone and no, I don’t mean your mani/pedi guru. If it’s completely abnormal and lasts way longer than normal, go see someone. Severe cramps slash chronic pelvic pain can be a symptom of endometriosis, which you can read all about here but don’t start thinking you got things you aint!
IT’S ALL ABOUT KNOWLEDGE AND THAT EQUALS POWER.