Menstrual cramps in the lower abdomen, back or thighs can range from mild discomfort to severe agony. Usually, the discomfort begins immediately before or around the onset of menstruation. You may also experience headaches, diarrhea or constipation, nausea, dizziness or fainting during this period.
Menstrual cramps are not experienced by all women, although they are a typical aspect of how the body functions.
To relieve menstrual cramps, try the following:
- Use a heating pad or hot water bottle to apply heat to your belly, or take a hot bath. Heat can relieve pain in the same way that medication does.
- Use a small amount of Holief's cream for menstrual cramps in the lower abdomen.
- Place a cushion under your knees and lie down to elevate your legs.
- Draw your knees up toward your chest while lying on your side. This will help take pressure off your back.
- Instead of tampons, try using sanitary napkins.
- Exercise regularly. It may help relieve pain.
Menstrual discomfort is often relieved with over-the-counter medications.
- Menstrual discomfort and cramps may be relieved with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen.
- When discomfort begins or one day before the menstrual cycle starts, start taking the suggested amount of the pain reliever.
- Take the medication for as long as the symptoms would persist if you did not take it.
- Use acetaminophen, if an NSAID fails to relieve pain.
If over-the-counter drugs do not work, prescription medications are a good alternative. For most women, birth control hormones decrease bleeding and relieve menstrual discomfort.