Menstrual cramps, also known as dysmenorrhea, are painful sensations experienced by some individuals during menstruation. They typically occur in the lower abdomen, but the pain can also radiate to the lower back and thighs. Menstrual cramps can range from mild to severe and may be accompanied by other symptoms like bloating, headaches, and fatigue.

The primary cause of menstrual cramps is the contraction of the uterus. During menstruation, the uterus contracts to help expel its lining, resulting in the release of prostaglandins, hormone-like substances that trigger inflammation and pain. Higher levels of prostaglandins can lead to more intense and painful cramps.

Magnesium 400-600 mg, cod liver oil or EPA/DHA 3000mg, D3-K2 3000iu, cramp bark, chamomile, motherowrt and red raspberry tea may be helpful. Epsom salt baths can help relax painful joints and muscles. Castor oil packs on the abdomen and liver area can help reduce inflammation and support detoxification.

If all this doesn’t work for 2-3 cycles, I suggest a hormone workup.