Menstrual cramps are painful cramps felt in the pelvic and abdominal area of the body. These cramps are usually a result of menstruation and are different from premenstrual syndrome. A lot of women experience these cramps however can never notice the difference between the two. These cramps can be painful at times and can lead to discomfort.
Symptoms of menstrual cramps are painful pinches in the abdominal or pelvic area. In some cases pain is experienced in the calf muscles; however these cramps are occasional and occur in irregular intervals.
These cramps often also lead to headaches, nausea, vomiting and irregular bowel movements.
In the reproductive cycle of women, the inner lining of the uterus prepares itself for receiving a fertilized egg during each fertility cycle. If the egg is not fertilized with the sperm, the extra lining which are made of blood and tissues begin to shed. The amount of the hormones progesterone and estrogen that are released in the fertility cycle begins to dwindle and the lining begins to break. During this process the uterine produces prostaglandins which are released into the blood stream to ease the breakdown of the lining. The prostaglandins causes the uterine muscles to contract and shed the lining resulting in menstrual cramps.
Home remedies to cure hot compress this helps dilate the blood vessels which eliminates the blood and tissues thus reduces the pain. Soak a towel in warm water and drain, then wrap the warm towel around the lower abdomen so that with the heat the muscles relax and blood and tissues are discharged easily.
Drink a lot of warm water as the warmth relaxes the muscles. Keep yourself warm to avoid menstrual cramps.