women experience very severe menstrual cramps, or dysmenorrhea.
This condition can also be accompanied by other symptoms such as
headaches, diarrhea or constipation, nausea and dizziness or fainting.
Women with dysmenorrhea may have higher levels of prostaglandin,
the hormone that causes the uterus to contract. Most often, the
severe cramps will go away within a few years, after hormone levels
balance out. The cramps can be treated with prescription pain medicine
if need be. Sometimes the birth control pill can help to control
Sometimes severe cramps can be caused by separate health conditions,
such as endometriosis, uterine polyps, uterine fibroids, pelvic
infection, ovarian cysts, adenomyosis or structural abnormalities.
The use of an intrauterine device (IUD) for birth control also
tends to increase the experience of cramping, at least for the
first few months of use.