Menstrual Cramps: They Are in Your Head!

The monthly pain can go to your brain.

Menstrual Cramps: They Are in Your Head!

The monthly pain can go to your brain.

-Jane Farrell

Woman with cramps

A lot of us are way too familiar with the severe stomach cramps we get with our period, but the issue turns out to affect more than just our abdomen: Cramps are responsible for changes in our brain.

In a study published in the journal Pain, researchers at the National Yang-Ming University in Taipei found structural alterations in the parts of the brain affected by pain and emotion.

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The changes were found through MRIs done on women suffering from primary dysmenorrhea (PDM), one of the most common menstrual conditions, which involves chronic abdominal cramping and pain.

The changes in the brain were recorded, researchers said, even before women started having cramps. And that indicates that over time, the body may become more sensitive to pain, making the condition even more painful.

Unfortunately, there’s no cure for the condition, though you can treat it with pain relievers and heat compresses. But at least we know now that it affects more areas of the body than we realized. (Health News)

Jane Farrell is a Senior Editor for BettyConfidential.


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