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What Causes Menstrual Cramps?


Updated June 29, 2008

Question: What Causes Menstrual Cramps?
Answer: Prostaglandin is a hormone, produced by the uterus, which causes uterine contractions. The medical community believes that high levels of prostaglandin may contribute to menstrual cramps, as well as to dysmenorrhea. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS), stress, and anxiety may also contribute to menstrual cramps.

See also:


Painful Menstrual Periods; Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003150.htm; accessed 05/21/08.

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