I’m having super heavy periods with really bad cramping and nausea. Is that normal?

Really painful cramps and heavy flow are often related to having higher levels of a hormone-like substance called prostaglandin. A big word, yes, but really it just triggers the muscles of your uterus to contract more intensely, thereby increasing nerve ending sensitivity and therefore causing more pain for you.

Anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen work by blocking the action of the certain enzymes that increase prostaglandin levels. But when the pain is really bad, regular ibuprofen just won’t do the trick. If you find that your severe cramping pain is causing nausea as well, and it’s interfering with your daily life, you should speak to your doctor. They will suggest better options for managing this.