Painful and persistent, cramps are pretty universally hated. But as it turns out, these muscle contractions can shed a lot of insight into your health. In fact, if you get cramps, it may mean several different things about your fertility. Basically, these intense pains in your gut can say a lot about your reproductive future, even if they leave you cursing in pain and reaching for the extra-strength aspirin.
Before going further, it's helpful to understand the different types of cramps that most often affect females. First up are period cramps. Also known as primary dysmenorrhea, period cramps are related to menstruation and tend to get less painful over the years, as explained in the Cleveland Clinic. The pain associated with these cramps can be terrible, but they don't have any particular affect on fertility. On the other hand, secondary dysmenorrhea, or pain caused by a disorder in the female reproductive organs, may signal a more serious health concern, according to the Cleveland Clinic. The pain may be more long-lasting than regular period cramps.
OK, so how are you supposed to tell the normal cramps from the problematic ones, especially when the so-called normal cramps can cause such debilitating pain? As with any other health concern, don't hesitate to take it up with your doctor for more in-depth advice. In the meantime, check out the weird ways cramps can tell you about your fertility.