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What causes cramps with your period?

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Cramps are caused by the hormones your body makes during your period. They make the muscles of your uterus contract. You might also notice:

  • Aching in your upper thighs
  • Back pain
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue

From: Girls and Puberty WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

American Social Health Association's Iwannaknow.org: "Puberty for Girls - What to Expect." 

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Puberty Information for Girls."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on April 23, 2018

SOURCES: 

American Social Health Association's Iwannaknow.org: "Puberty for Girls - What to Expect." 

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Puberty Information for Girls."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on April 23, 2018

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