Why does the severity of menstrual cramps vary from person to person?
Pain during menstrual cramping is common. But everyone’s body is unique! Most women have pain of different intensities during their period, some with mild to moderate pain and others with more severe menstrual cramps. It is not exactly clear why contractions are painful in some women but not others, but it could be because of differences in hormone levels and how uniquely sensitive each person is to those hormones.5 But what we do know is that if primary menstrual pain happens, it’s caused by prostaglandins.
How can Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) relieve period cramps?
Now that we know that prostaglandins are the main cause of primary menstrual pain, there are options that can provide powerful and effective relief.
There are many OTC medications available for the relief of period pain, including acetaminophen and ibuprofen. Unlike acetaminophen, which blocks pain signals to your brain, ibuprofen targets pain at the source. For fast, effective relief of period pain, you can use Advil® Liqui-Gels®, or Advil® Extra Strength Liqui-Gels®.
For more information about periods and menstrual pain, visit the menstrual pain section of our website.
*Among other single ingredient OTC pain relievers.