215. Relief for Menstrual Cramps

Menstrual cramps may be accompanied by backache, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, and headaches. Sometimes, distress is severe enough to leave women debilitated for the first one to three days of their periods.

To relieve menstrual cramps:

  1. Drink regular, chamomile, or mint tea.

  2. Whenever possible, lie on your back supporting your knees with a pillow.

  3. Hold a heating pad or hot-water bottle on your abdomen or lower back.

  4. Gently massage your abdomen.

  5. Do mild exercises like stretching, walking, or biking.

  6. Take aspirin, ibuprofen, or an over-the-counter medication formulated for relief of menstrual discomfort.

If these measures don’t alleviate pain, see your doctor. He or she may check for other problems, such as fibroids or endometriosis, and prescribe appropriate treatment.

Chapter 9
  1. Women’s Health Problems