There was no mind over matter for some of my cramps. I ended up getting a partial hysterectomy at 35 due to endometriosis. Those cramps were horrible. There was nothing good that came from them and no strengthening my mind to overcome them. There was nothing empowering about being stopped dead in my tracks, doubled over in pain. If anything, it was the exact opposite. That partial hysterectomy was one of the best things for me. If anything, that was my empowering moment. No more pain, no more periods.