Menstrual cramps don't have to be such a pain! Check out how you can ease this rough time to keep healthy and moving.
Menstrual cramps are a total pain. They can double you over and ruin your day. But not if you know a few smart (and comfy) moves.
Why the Cramps?
Menstrual cramps are just you feeling
your uterus contract to shed its lining.
Pretty amazing, even if it doesn't feel
Exercise and stretch.
It loosens up your muscles and eases the pain.
Rub your lower tummy.
That helps relax the muscles.
Try an over-the-counter pain reliever. These medicines can help make the cramps less severe. If you’re a teen, make sure to get the parental stamp of approval first.
Vitamin B1 or magnesium supplements may reduce cramps, bloating and other PMS symptoms. (You know the parental approval deal).
Heat things up
Take a warm bath or find a heating pad for your lower belly or back. A little heat goes a long way to reduce the effects of your menstrual cramps.
Still In Pain?
If you try all these ideas and you still feel a lot of period pain, it may be time to talk to someone. Schedule an appointment with your doctor. Make sure to take your menstrual cycle charts and food logs (if you keep any), and tell them about any medications, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins or mineral supplements you’re taking.
- American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists brochure 46 Dysmenorrhea.