November 3, 2010 8:14pm CST
Hi gals! Does anybody have a suggestion as what is the best pain reliever for menstrual cramps? Is there like a natural way to do it aside from taking a medicine. How about herbal stuff or the like? Having this pain for centuries already!
• United States
4 Nov 10
I hate menstrual cramps since I get them really badly that I skip school if it starts the same day I have to go to class. I mostly take advil and lay down for the cramps to go away more faster. Don't drink coffee or anything with caffeine in it since it can dehydrate your body more faster than you already are. Stay away from salty foods since they make you bloated. If you are bloated, drink lots of water that way you can use the bathroom a lot and the bloating will go away fast. Placing something warm on your lower stomach and back can help the cramps. Warm bath can also relieve it a bit for some time. Eating bananas can help you fight off the cramps. Even exercises can sometimes help prevent menstrual cramps.
4 Nov 10
Anything that improves blood flow helps. Exercising, even intense exercise, is perfectly safe as long as you don't feel faint or dizzy or anything. I played competitive ice hockey for years and never missed a game for that time of the month. Caffeine causes blood vessels to constrict, which reduces blood flow, which is why it makes things worse. Heat increases blood flow, so hot water bottles or an electric blanket on your stomach might help.