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  • Many women have menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea) in association with their periods. It is usually felt in the lower abdomen and/or in the lower back. Some women have cramps that are so severe that it interferes with normal activities. Rarely the cramps can be so bad that they cause nausea and vomiting or fainting. If your cramps restrict your activities at home, school or work you should consider strategies to lessen them. A healthy lifestyle is the most important treatment. Menstrual cramps occur because of the hormonal and biochemical changes that occur during your monthly cycle. All treatments modify these directly or indirectly. A regular exercise program is the single best remedy for cramps. You should engage in 30 to 45 minutes of vigorous exercise (running, swimming, aerobics classes, exercise bicycle...) 3 or 4 times a week. Just before your period try to exercise daily. Alcohol and cigarettes may make cramps worse. asprin is good for period pains Birth control pills greatly reduce and sometimes completely eliminate menstrual cramps. Some relief may be provided by applying a heating pad to the abdomen, effleurage (a light circular massage with the fingertips), drinking warm beverages, taking a warm shower, performing waist-bending and pelvic rocking exercises, and walking.
  • Midol or Pamprin...I've never had an alternative remedy actually remedy the pain. All they do is make it more bearable (sometimes).
  • Panadol and heat packs. Drink plenty of water.
  • Ibuprofen (Advil) always took care of my cramps right away. I also found cramps much easier to squelch if I managed to take the Advil before the cramps began. I really feel for you - I used to get KILLER cramps. Ugh. I hope this helps.
  • Aleve...but you have to take 2...and sip some hot tea, you will feel so wonderful...I bet you write back and tell everyone your symptoms disappeared within 30 minutes...Good Luck
  • (Generic) ibuprofen usually works for me. I use a heating pad if it gets real bad. I have heard evening primrose helps.
  • beer and rasberry leaf tea, sometimes helps.
  • The biggest thorn in the paw for complications with menstruation is the use of tampons. They are not natural, stop the natural flow, and contain chemicals used in production that be absorbed by the vaginal walls. The corporations that produce these products have cleverly concoted the myth that women need to be corked in order to not be a hindrance upon society. Feel free to flow ladies and if some has a problem tell them to take a hike because it's biology. Many women I know use an organic cotton cloth as a pad and say cramps and inflammation they experienced before using tampons are virtually non-existant. Now if you still can't break from the oppressive mental taboo that was falsly created than here are a few other options. Keep warm. Do not lift anything heavy. Don't eat anything with vinegar, lemon, lime, or grapefruit; or rich foods like candy bars and desserts. Drink tea made from blue cohosh. Drink tea made from 1/2 tsp melissa tea with 1/2 tsp ruie, steeped for ten minutes, and then strained. Chew fennel seeds to reduce pain. Drink a tea made from pennyroyal daily, beginning about two weeks before menstruation. Don't consume for cramps related to pregnancy. One of the oldest herbal concoctions consists of: licorice, chamomile, pleurisy root, Jamaica dogwood, black cohosh, life plant, and dandelion root in an alcohol tincture. This remedy helps with both menopause and premenstrual syndrome. Used to be sold as Lydia Pinkham's tonic. Another alternative for a tonic: goldenseal root, blessed thistle, cayenne, uva-ursi, cramp bark, false unicorn root, raspberry leaves, squaw vine, and ginger. To start monthly flow when delayed drink hot chamomile or ginger tea. For complaints of another nature use tea from shave grass or horsetail grass. The whitish discharge from the vagina can be cleared up by administering a douche made of either two T white vinegar or two tsp alum per quart of lukewarm water.
  • I drink a tea made by "Traditional Medicinals" called PMS tea. You're really supposed to drink it the week BEFORE... but I only drink it when I'm cramping and bloat-y, and it really helps. Tastes awful though. One of those "down the hatch" teas. Still, MUCH better than swallowing pills.
  • a hysterectomy.
  • Do you drink milk? Seriously. Drinking milk might help you. I personally don't really get cramps and I drink milk, so yeah.
  • Vicodin.
  • Hysterectomy
  • my sister had this problem and i told her to try apple cider vinegar in water a couple times a day like 1-2 tbs in a glass of water andf you can add honey organic apple cider vinagar is the only way to go she has never had a problem since... I love this stuff
  • Take a sterilized knife, make a 3-inch vertical incision below the belly-button. Locate the organ in question and tell it to behave or else.
  • A penis.
  • V-RX Female - these pills seem to help me.
  • I take the pills Mybulen. Works wonders! And I also use a warm water bottle.
  • Start NSAIDS before period starts to prohibit prostiglandins, they cause the painful spasms. It is really important to do it before, so keep track of your cycle and start them the day before. NSAIDs , as they are commonly called, appear to relieve primary dysmenorrhea by suppressing menstrual fluid prostiglandins, and also have a direct analgesic property. The recommendation is to take NSAIDs only during the first 2-3 days of the menstrual flow, every six hours beginning just before or just after the menstrual flow begins.
  • motrins
  • Some ladies say Midol.
  • Try Vitex Chaste Berry Extract from Solaray. It is an amazingly effective herbal product that helps to regulate hormones, prevent PMS, and ease menstrual symptoms. I personally take Vitamin E for 3 to 5 days before my period and also during. I barely have cramps at all. If I don't take it, my cramps are painful. I also swear by Alkaline eating -- high greens, lean proteins, brown rice, quinoa, lots of veggies, etc. -- and resistance training. A good EFA (essential fatty acid) product that has fish oils, borage oil, and flax oil also helps immensely! Good luck, jasmineandchai.com
  • I take motrin 800, but u have to have a perscription 4 that! Try Myidol, or just try regular tylonol!
  • Depending on the severity I have had to take 1 Vicodin 750 ES - them are some BAD cramps there...
  • A hot bath helps, if the bath doesn't solve the issue I go for Motrin or Midol.
  • I find a little peppermint oil (only takes a couple of drops) rubbed over my abdomen helps.
  • From the Joy of Sex.. Have an orgasm. It relieves a lot of the pressure associated with cramps.
  • You got a lot of answers to you question, I hope some of them helped you When you needed it. But for those who read this thread for more help, let me provide some additional help. I am a natural health consultant, specializing in Essential Oils and Natural Supplements. What the natural approach aims to do is to treat the condition, not simply mask the pain like aspirin or other painkillers. Furthermore, if you work to put your body back into balance all aspects of health and well-being will be improved. Menstrual cramping or Dysmenorrhea occurs when the body produces a hormone-like substance called prostaglandin to make the muscles in the uterus contract and expel the womb lining from the body as it no longer required. This discomfort is also associated with the increased production of prostaglandins, hormones that can promote inflammation and spasmodic contraction of the uterine muscle, decreasing blood flow to the uterus. It is thought that women with dysmenorrhea produce more prostaglandins in their body, causing more severe uterine contractions, and therefore more pain. Primary dysmenorrhea usually occurs during adolescence and the pain tends to lessen with age. So, what works? Try these Essential Oils: Use one or blend several - For more options and more information you can check out www.herbaless.com Lavender restores hormonal balance, reduces cramps Clary Sage contains properties similar to female hormones; used for difficult and painful menstruation, PMS and menopausal problems, scanty or delayed periods Rosemary An analgesic, antispasmodic, used for menstrual cramps Marjoram Used for difficult menstruation, lack of menstruation, cramps, leucorrhoea. Roman Chamomile Pain-relieving and relaxing, relieves menstrual cramps and PMS Peppermint used for dysmenorrhea. Relaxing, pain relieving, useful for menstrual cramps. Geranium Balances secretion of hormones during menopause. Helps fluid retention, which is one of the major sources of discomfort in PMS. Hope that works! Vicki www.herbaless.com www.essential-healing-oils.com
  • if you take one vitamin E pill each day starting about 4 days before you get your period it helps, i heard it on the news and my cramps were so horrible that i decided to try it and it really does work! also taking IBprofin as a pain reliever and using a heating pad where u feel the cramps helps alot. if they're really bad you can get on birth control and that will also help reduce cramps!
  • I am taking every night Evening primrose oil capsules...and they are pretty good for pms cramps, etc check it out .
  • A study using Neptune Krill Oil on women with PMS found they experienced less symtoms and used less pain medication. Here's the study here: http://www.healthy-oil-planet.com/Neptune-Krill-Oil-and-PMS.html Neptune Krill Oil is supposed to be more effective for relieving PMS than fish oils. It contains more omega 3 fatty acids and is also high in antioxidants and phospholipids. People who are allergic to shellfish and taking medications for bleeding disorders should avoid taking Neptune Krill Oil.
  • 3 ibuprofen ALWAYS works for me
  • calcium. This is the reason you cramp in the first place. Calcium drops when you are geting closed to your menstrution period. Some women are low in calcium.
  • here are some home remedies which might be helpful http://health.top54u.com/post/Home-Remedies-for-Menstrual-Cramps.aspx
  • sex......
  • Well, I use 3 Advil liquigels for major cramps. They work SO fast! But I like to be proactive about it and stop the cramps before they start. Stay away from caffeine, chocolate and fatty foods during the PMS week and the week before. I know that is what you crave sometimes, but I always at least stay away from coffee and caffeinated sodas and I have something else sweet besides chocolate. Those 2 factors, caffeine & chocolate are major triggers for me and I can really tell the difference in my level of pain when I give these up for that time.
  • A bullet to the head! (just kidding but I have wanted that for the pain a few times). I take 800 MG of ibuprofen my doc prescribed me they help big time.
  • 2 advil, lay on a cold floor, turn on the AC, fall asleep. well that's what i do :)
  • A sex change operation!
  • A blow job...wait....ooooh...you mean for the woman?
  • Aleve, Curl up in a ball and go to sleep
  • For me: -Midol, before they fully set in. Otherwise it's useless. -Laying in the fetal position with a heating pad -Sex. Really.
  • I used to have horrible cramps until a friend reccomended taking an Omega 3 (fish oil) supplement. I take it daily and I rarely have cramps anymore, it works GREAT, it's cheap and it is also benificial in other ways, it's good for your heart, improves memory, and even helps with depression.
  • Lots of magnesium. Like 1000mg/day, or till you reach your body's tolerance and get the runs. This mineral is a muscle relaxant, hence the potential loose stools from too much. Works on other cramps too, like those you get at night. May take a day or 2 to work, so take magnesuim-potassium regularly (they shake hands and metabolise better) and just raise it if you feel like cramps may be coming on. Ginger has helped me, fresh ginger root chewed, or put in my non-caffeine tea. (spicy hot to chew) BEWARE it is a blood thinner, and you will bleed more freely, but less painfully. Stop it (too much bleeding) by eating cayenne pepper, a natural styptic. Even a quick dash in your grape juice works. Some say this combo gives energy too. In any case, no burn. Hot bath soak with some sea salt in it and baking soda. (1/4 cup plus 1tbsp soda) For std tub. Watch the soda may make the tub slippery! But it will soften and mineralize the water, helping relax you. Heat helps lots of cramps. There's Chinese TCM remedies, but I'd suggest a licensed practitioner diagnose which kind suits you. Plum Flower is a reputable brand.
  • a gender re-assignment operation
  • Give up caffeine - it worked for me.
  • hello,i used to suffer horribly with this womens problem.i had such bad cramps i couldnt walk straight!my brother,whos a doctor said it was okay if i took three advil tablets and lied down with a heating pad on my stomach.it took a little time,but it worked.
  • The only thing that's ever helped me is Midol -- I have horrible cramps, and most other things don't make much difference.
  • I think best would be to take small sweet pills "cuprum-200" or "bryonia 30" after consulting some hom.doc.it cost 20 cents/1oz in india.
  • a heating pad works well on the lower abdomen
  • A big orgasm works wonders on my cramps
  • i always get really bad cramps. my cousin told me that cranberry juice is good to drink during your period. so i trid it and my cramps actually weren't as bad as usual this time! so give it a try! :)
  • I heard one time intercourse just before or at onset can greatly reduce menstrual cramps....Don't know for sure though ....I'm a guy and only heard this
  • For me it was Calcium supplements and Advil taken with warm Herbal tea. Heating pads help too.
  • When antiprostaglandins (Ibuprofen) no longer worked, I had to find out why. Well, the flooding wasn't any fun either. I have uterine fibroids. So, if antiprostaglandins don't work, like when you are taking 3 Advil (600 mg) at a time, every three - four hours, something is wrong. As a poster said above, it's really important to start them early. I never knew when I was going to have a period so I took them with the first drop of blood. It's not always fibroids of course. Birth control pills have helped many a woman.

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