Menstrual cramps are a huge part of a woman’s life. Ever since she has got her period, a woman needs to deal with huge pains in her stomach and also with the premenstrual syndrome, which is a real pain.
Considering the fact that most women have these cramps, there have been made many studies on the issue, which showed great ways of dealing both with menstrual cramps and with PMS. First, however, we need to understand what these cramps are and what the most common PMS symptoms are.
How Are Menstrual Cramps and PMS characterized?
Menstrual cramps are the pelvic or abdominal pains a woman feels during her menstruation cycle, which start a day or two before her menstruation, peak with the first day and subside after two or three days.
Menstrual cramps can be experienced differently by women, depending on how their menstrual cycle is and they can be mild, moderate or severe. The worst part of it all is that PMS symptoms and menstrual cramps are two very different things and most women have to deal with them both.
Menstrual cramps, if they are severe, can interfere with a woman’s work for several days and they can also spread to the lower back portion or even her legs. There are numerous women who simply have to lie in bed for several days whenever they are on their period, because the pains are really hard to cope with.
The premenstrual syndrome is a combination of emotional, psychological and physical disturbances which usually occur in women before their menstruation.
Most women suffer from PMS and scientists do not know exactly the main symptoms of it, mainly due to the fact that each woman experiences PMS differently. While some can be very emotional and cry during the entire period of her menstrual cycle, since the ovulation to the peak of her period, others can be very angry and hard to deal with.
What Do We Do about the Menstrual Cramps and PMS Symptoms?
For menstrual craps there are different types of drugs which can be taken, but they are usually all from the same category.
If the pains are unbearable, a woman can try taking pills such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen or Ketoprofen, because they have shown to be quite effective in treating the menstrual cramps and making it easier for women to deal with it.
For PMS symptoms, it is better for a woman to slow down a little bit, give up smoking for a couple of days and try mild exercises. Exercises have proven very effective in making PMS symptoms a lot better and they also help the woman at an emotional level as well.
A woman should always be supported at an emotional level by all her friends and family, so as to make sure she can cope better with PMS symptoms. Taking into account the fact that these symptoms can be quite hard to deal with, someone should always be there for her, to comfort her and help her with her chores.