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


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

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.

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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.


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.


Maintain a Healthy Weight

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


Drink Plenty of Water

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


Stay Away from Coffee

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



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.


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.


Have a Salad

Leafy greens, like spinach, contain lots of magnesium, which is a natural muscle relaxant. Studies have shown that women with the worst cramping are often magnesium-deficient.


Don’t Forget the Fiber!

Excess hormones are expelled through our bowel tracts, but if they sit there for too long, our bodies re-absorb them (lovely!). So make sure you get plenty of fiber to keep the mail moving.


Skip the Chips

You might be craving salty junk food, but it will only make your cramps worse, trust me.


Try Yoga

Yoga is definitely high on the list of menstrual cramps remedies! Poses that target the pelvis and lumbar region, (where period pain is the worst) will be the most helpful to you! Experiment with different yoga poses or even hit up a yoga class. I'm sure the instructor will be more than happy to offer you some advice!


Calcium is Your Friend

Foods that are rich in calcium like yogurt, broccoli, cabbage and milk can help fight muscle spasms and avoid cramps. We all know how important calcium is and if you choose to get your daily dose through veggies like spinach and kale (or a salad like #8 suggests), it'll give you an extra dose of vitamins and can help lighten your flow. Win/win, right?


Try Aromatherapy Massage

It's spa time! Massages promote relaxation and that's exactly what we need when we have our periods. Did you know that the more tense you are, the more you can cramp? Well, massages will take away all the tension in your body!


Take a Hot Bath

Heat pads can definitely help you relieve your cramps but nothing's better than Immersing yourself in a hot bath. It'll help relieve your muscular tension and help you relax!

Since I started watching what I eat and went on the Pill, I haven’t had a single cramp. Not one. What about you? Do you have any anti-cramp tricks to share?

This article was written in collaboration with editor Vanessa Salles.

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I am apart of the 15% of women who experience servere cramps! I throw up, miss work ans school I even have passed out bcuz of the pain. I was given bc, but it didnt work, so I.have prescription pills for the pain, which helps sum (not much) and I.notice when I drink ginger tea which helps and I stick to hot soup which helps and try to.jus sleep.

I'm hoping when I get home one of these on the list will help me I'm a private nanny so it's tough watching two kids with serve cramps I'm on nuvaring which I do like but never seems to help with pain, I do eat well also...so reading everyones comments I'm hoping something will help me me soon cause it makes me wanna cry at times...one thing that does help is curl up in a ball have my legs into my chest thank you

Hey there, I started my period at 13 and I'm now 15. My period is every other month, it's odd but that's how it's always been. I'll start around the first of a month, skip a month, and start around the first again. But ever since my first period I get unbearable cramps. There's a sharp pain and I feel like laying down and crying. I've tried midol, heating pads, showers, other pain killers, almost everything and I still get these horrible cramps. My periods usually last around six days and I'm in pain the entire time. I can't sleep or anything. It's awful. I find I also have trouble walking around if they get bad enough. I don't know what to do, I don't want to have to deal with this forever.

my sister and I have been having terrible cramps ever since and we noticed that eating spicy foods help a lot since they're spicy they get you panting and even a little sweaty. we usually buy a bag of hot cheetos and take pain relievers and our cramps become less intense. hope this helps.

I don't know what to do. I started my period when I was around 10 or 11 years old. I'm 14 now & I'm at home, lying on my heating pad... It's night time & I haven't kept food in since breakfast. I throw up every month from horrible, horrible cramps. I wake up in the middle of the night, shaking. I have diarrhea & have taken a bath & taken Midol. I threw up the Midol. I left school early today because I threw up three times. I'm lost. I'm in pain. & the thought of birth control scares me. Help. Please.

omg, it actually works! All my severe pains are Gone when i have my period. Thanks All Women Health .

I'm on my period as I type this and its horrible! I've also missed school because of it. I'm not sure if it is something I should worry about an tell my doctor because my mom said it runs in my dads side of the family with the women. Bit I really hate the pains because they also put me in a REALLY bad mood:/ .....

Thanks all for the tips. So far its still a cup of ChocoMarvel and heat pads helped me most.

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