Quoting myself from elsewhere:
"Y'know, you're right ... surely somebody, SOMEWHERE, has done a study of menstrual cramps, determining WHY some women get them and some don't. Honestly, I feel guilty sitting here right now typing this, in midpoint of the monthly 24-hour timeperiod of my life that has been nicknamed "Run for the hills, the dam has burst!", and not feeling so much as a twinge. And I have to wonder, every time one of my buddies writes that she's doubled up and miserable, why I don't get cramps when so many of my contemporaries do? Not that I"m jealous ... DEFINITELY NOT! ... but you're right, it's VERY illogical.
***scampers off into e-land to see what information she can unearth***"
I DID scamper, too ... I've never bothered excavating the whys and wherefores of menstrual cramps before since, as I state above, I don't get 'em. I did in my teens ... a mildly irritating dull achiness low in the belly, but never anything debilitating ... but back then, in the dark ages, one was just told that there was nothing that could be done except take Midol or suffer. In college I came across the advice of doing military situps as a means of easing things ... as long as I did 20-30 daily, I was crampless ... if I slacked off for more than 2-3 days, I ached when my period started. That was when I was in my 20s ... by the time I hit 30, I was crampless without the situps. Instead, I can feel my internal muscles flexing for a day or so before my period actually starts, but it's just the same sensation as flexing a bicep. So 'twas interesting to read what has been discovered about menstrual cramps after all these years ... and what I read tonight explains why I don't cramp. I'm one of those annoying people who can spend the winter loafing on the couch, then run outside one fine spring day and spend eight hours digging up the garden ... and not suffer any aches or stiffness afterwards. A massage therapist friend/former housemate said that I had the ability to naturally relax my own muscles (she'd occasionally "pet" me just to calm/relax herself after a day of kneading other peoples' tension ***grin***)
Anyhooooooooo ... here's an assortment of links on menstrual cramps, their cause, and methods of prevention/treatment. They all say pretty much the same thing at the core: I grabbed a selection at different reading/biology/medical levels, so everyone can browse for one that appeals. What I did do was make sure I picked out trustworthy sites and avoided old-wives'-tale/infomercial-for-magic-re
About.com: Women's Health
The Center for Young Women's Health, Children's Hospital, Boston
Estronaut : a Forum for Women's Health
A Healthy Me!
McKinley Health Center
The Cleveland Clinic Information Center
P.S. HAD to use the pirate icon, since this whole thing reminded me of a certain tampon-branding giggle ...