Someone asked us:
Q. Hello! I was wondering what can cause changes in relation to pms. For the last seven years, I never really had issues with cramps and nausea, but within the last two months, they’ve really been coming full force. I’m 18 and not sexually active, so I don’t really know what is going on.
Women’s periods can change over time, especially as they get older. There are many different reasons why some women get painful cramps and nausea during their periods. But you don’t need to suffer in silence — nurses and doctors can help. Your local Planned Parenthood health center can help you with treatment options.
In the meantime, try using a heating pad on your back or abdomen when you have cramps. And check your drugstore for pain relievers specifically for menstrual cramps and nausea — your pharmacist may be able to point you in the right direction.
-Amy at PPFA