Most women understand the menstrual cramps that come along with periods. They’re caused by an excess of a chemical called prostaglandin [PRAHST-uh-GLAND-in]. But, if debilitating menstrual pain is interfering with your daily activities, like work or school, it’s time to talk to a gynecologist.
Here’s a rundown of what’s considered normal, and when you should talk to your doctor.
There are a lot of possible reasons why your periods might fall outside of this “normal” range. Talk it over with your gynecologist, and bring up any other symptoms you might have.