Please upgrade your browser for the best Refinery29 experience. Read more.

Saved! Access Favorites in your account profile. Removed from my favorites

The Everything Guide To Cramps

  1. Begin
    unnamed (25)
    Illustrated by Shawna Huang.

    SHARE IT

    comments
    See All Slides
    Beyond serving as a go-to source for vital reproductive care, the folks at Planned Parenthood— a team of knowledgeable experts in medicine, sexual health, and law — are passionate, informed advocates for knowing your own body. Planned Parenthood is here to tackle the big issues.
    By Kendall McKenzie

    Though they’re everyone’s favorite excuse to get out of gym class, people who frequently suffer from menstrual cramps know those stabby aches are no joke.

    Cramps happen when your uterus contracts and spasms to shed its lining, which then flows out of your body during menstruation. Cramps are basically your body’s way of kicking Aunt Flo out like a mean bouncer, which is why you get ‘em before and during your period.

    Most people who get periods deal with cramps at some point in their lives. For some women, they’re a mild annoyance, for others, a monthly nightmare. Luckily, they tend to become milder as we get older, but nobody should have to sit on life’s sidelines because of a misbehaving uterus. Here’s how to keep your period from cramping your style.

    Begin Slideshow
  2. Illustrated by Shawna Huang.

    SHARE IT

    30 } comments
    See All Slides
    0 of 6
  3. Illustrated by Shawna Huang.

    SHARE IT

    30 } comments
    See All Slides
    1 of 6
  4. Illustrated by Shawna Huang.

    SHARE IT

    30 } comments
    See All Slides
    2 of 6
  5. Illustrated by Shawna Huang.

    SHARE IT

    30 } comments
    See All Slides
    3 of 6
  6. Illustrated by Shawna Huang.

    SHARE IT

    30 } comments
    See All Slides
    4 of 6