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Added December 11, 2013

Cramp Relief

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Types of cramps

Before and during your period, you may experience a variety of aches and pains. The most common are menstrual cramps — also known as dysmenorrhea. Many women have no cramps at all, while others get slight pain. But some women have cramps that are so painful that it interferes with their daily lives.

 

There are different kinds of cramps:

  • A little discomfort: This will feel like a muscle cramp or spasm. Once you realize that it's a menstrual cramp, it doesn't really bother you.
  • Intense pain: This may be a sharp pain that causes you to double up or cry out.
  • Pain that spreads: Pain can start in the center of your lower back, or in the lower abdomen, and radiate up your back and down your legs.

 

If you have slight discomfort, intense, short pain or pain that spreads, you might be able to relieve your cramps. If you suffer from dizziness, nausea, diarrhea or vomiting during your period, or if you experience intense pain that won't go away, see a doctor.

 

Period Protection

When dealing with cramps, it's best to use the type of period protection that makes you feel the most comfortable. Whether it is pads or tampons, it's important to find what works for you. It’s also useful to track your period, so you know exactly when you might start having menstrual cramps. Try using our Period Calculator. You’ll know when can expect your next period and you can have the proper protection planned out for when you need it the most.

 

 

What you can do to receive cramp relief

There are many ways to receive cramp relief. The trick is to find one that works for you.

Try:

  • Lying down if possible at the first sign of pain
  • Gently rubbing your abdomen
  • Mild exercise and stretching (see below)
  • Taking pain medication containing ibuprofen
  • Taking a warm bath or applying a heating pad to your lower abdomen or back

 

Exercises to receive cramp relief

If you exercise all month, you will help your body keep away menstrual cramps. Light exercise during your period will help to ease the heavy, bloated (puffy) feeling. Workouts that stretch your body are best.

 

Here are a few exercises that are great for cramp relief:

  • Sit on the floor, legs as far apart as you can get them. Hold your toes if you can, or clasp your ankles lightly. Keep your back straight and breathe in, holding your diaphragm (the muscle under your ribs) up and in. Holding this position, take a few deep breaths. As you breathe out for the last time, bend forward towards the floor and exhale.
  • Sit with your knees open and bent at the sides, with the soles of your feet together in front of your pelvis. Clasp your hands under your toes or hold your ankles. Press the soles of your feet together and breathe in, deeply expanding your chest and lifting your diaphragm, as described above. Raise your head a little and feel your stomach expand. Breathe in and out deeply into your stomach four or five times.
  • Lie on your back with one leg stretched out, and pull the other knee up to your chin. Clasp your knee with your arms to ease the strain and then hold the posture, relaxing for a few minutes.

 

If you get pain all of a sudden, or notice a change in your periods, you should contact a doctor.

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One direction is mine
One direction is mine
Posted August 25, 2014
The period calculator really works it said to expect it August 14 and is came August 14!!!
MissNSCG
MissNSCG
Posted August 25, 2014
Its like 3:00 A.M right now and Ive been paranoid about my period for over a year and it still hasnt come, thankfully. Ive been getting discharge for about 9 months now and right now I think Im having my first cramp. Its kind of like an achey feeling and Im dizzy. Ive been up for about and hour looking for quiet midnight remidies to ease the pain because I dont want my parents to kno D: Im Nauseous and Dizzy
kayleybridger
kayleybridger
Posted February 25, 2013
My best friend is having really bad cramps and she has nausea, dizziness, and peeing a lot but not drinking a lot of water and she is constipated a little can you please help?!?!
puberty105
puberty105
Posted April 01, 2013
I don't have my period but I always have really bad cramps,so does my mom and I tried all this and nothing works for me.any suggestions???
Franklin1011
Franklin1011
Posted July 15, 2013
this morning my abdomen was hurting a little bit and now its spread up to my lower to middle back. Is this a sign that I might have my first period soon?
Luna92
Luna92
Posted July 04, 2013
Hey guys, for all of you who get really bad cramps, I've been there before. It was so bad that I would be on the floor crying my eyes out and vomiting and it used to always make me miss school. It would always be the second day of my period where it felt like pure hell. Now to get to the point, my gyno put me on birth control pills (Tri-Sprintec) and within about 4 months it has done wonders for me. I finally felt like I have my life back on track. Like I finally feel like I have a normal person's period. Also, to help with the cramps even more on the days where it's the most intense (usually my first and second days of my period) try wearing a heating pad. There's Thermacare who makes some specifically for menstrual cramps. If you want a cheaper version CVS makes a cheaper version that works just as good called Heat Wraps Menstrual Cramps Relief. It has also helped a lot. I hope this has been a great deal of help
_kellbell_98
_kellbell_98
Posted August 04, 2012
My cramps are so bad , they just started this year too , (ive had my period for around a little over a year) I had to go to my moms gyno because my periods were A LOT heavier than usual . I would use a super tampon and it would be full within 2 hours .. The cramps were unbearable , I missed so much school . My gyno did put my on birth control so i would take a pill everyday , and i wasn't supposed to get my period while taking it , but i still did and the cramps were worse . I went back to my gyno , the pills are now in the form of a patch i have to wear , i still get light periods when i have it on , but its A LOT better than before . I do still get cramps but i take ibuprofen and it helps . And if i cant sleep at night , i take medicine to help me sleep . Things have been bad , but a lot better . (:
FreshTillDeath27
FreshTillDeath27
Posted August 06, 2012
i have started to get cramps for about 10 to 20 minuets maybe 30. it all started 2 days ago and then today at this very moment ! i havent started my period so i think it will be coming soon.
chistery
chistery
Posted October 18, 2012
cramps are the worst!! especially when your at school, all i want to do is get up and stretch! then take a nap:)
becem
becem
Posted February 17, 2013
personally, i have insanely bad cramps! sometimes they are so bad that i can't do anything. not even go to school. my doctor has given me lots of different medicines but nothing has helped my cramps! i will try some of your methods, they sound really helpful! thanks beinggirl! <3
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