14 Ways to Help You Get Rid of Menstrual Cramps ...

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If you’re lucky, you don’t get menstrual cramps at all, or you only experience slight discomfort.

But if you’re like the estimated 15% of women who suffer from severe menstrual cramps, your pain can be debilitating.

If that’s the case, you ought to consult with your doctor to make sure your pain isn’t related to something more serious, like endometriosis.

If your pain is less severe, but still sets your teeth on edge and makes you cranky, here are some tried-and-true ways to avoid cramping.2

1. Try Advil

Start taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drug (I prefer Ibuprofen, like Advil) regularly three or four days before your period is ready to start.

Ibuprofen lowers your body’s production of prostaglandins, which scientists believe contribute to menstrual cramps.

But if you wait until you actually have cramps to take the Ibuprofen, it won’t be nearly as effective, so make sure to take it in the recommended dosage BEFORE your period starts.

2. Consider the Pill

The hormones in birth control pills not only help regulate your period, they also help maintain a steady level of hormones, which greatly reduces the severity of menstrual cramps.

3. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Fat cells produce estrogen, a hormone that, if imbalanced, also contributes to uterine cramps.3

4. Drink Plenty of Water

If you’re well-hydrated, your liver functions better, keeping your hormones (like estrogen) balanced.

5. Stay Away from Coffee

Caffeine, commonly found in colas, coffee, and even most teas, is a diuretic, and can make cramps a lot worse.2

6. Exercise

Not just during your period, because who wants to exercise then?

Exercise regularly.

It will reduce your stress level (stress makes cramps feel worse), and it will release endorphins into your system, which will reduce the amount of pain you feel.

7. Heat is Your Friend

No matter how many preventive measures you take, camps happen.

When they do, using a heat pad on your lower back and abdomen can help relax your muscles and relieve the pain.

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