I’ve never had menstrual cramps before and now I do. What gives?
Someone asked us:
i never had Menstrual cramps ,my periods were so painless that i used to forget am in my period, but now since i got in my 30s they hurt so much i have to take Motrin all through the day ,and hot water bottles at night to get through them,is this normal growing old thing?
It’s normal for your periods and menstrual cycles to change throughout your life. If your period symptoms (cramps, mood changes, etc.) are getting in the way of your day to day life, there are things you can do to regulate, lessen, or even get rid of your periods. Hormonal birth control like the IUD, implant, shot, pill, patch or ring, can ease painful periods. The pill, patch, and ring make periods lighter, less crampy, and more regular. The hormonal IUD, implant, and shot are more likely to get rid of your periods altogether. But everyone’s body reacts a little differently to different kinds of birth control.
Make an appointment with a doctor or nurse so they can help you figure out if something is causing the change, and what might help you feel better. You can always visit your local Planned Parenthood health center for help. Feel better!
-Julia at Planned Parenthood