Your Complete Guide To Menstrual Cramps

yoga bow pose can help with menstrual cramps relief

Yoga poses, like this one, can really help! | Source: Shutterstock

1) Over-the-counter Pain Relief
Ibuprofen is your best friend, and is much more effective than naproxen sodium. (Think Advil over Tylenol.) Carry it with you at all times! When you know you’re due for your period, take some ibuprofen at night before bed, so that you don’t wake up in agony. If you’re looking for relief in the middle of intense cramp pain, it’s generally okay to take three pills instead of the recommended two, but definitely check with your doctor first.

2) Yoga
Believe it or not, there are specific yoga poses aimed at relieving menstrual cramps, like the cobra and the bow pose. These poses target the pelvis and the lumbar region, two muscular groups that often bear the brunt of soreness and tension during period pain. Googling “yoga for cramps” gets you a wide range of exercises and instruction videos, so you can choose what works best for you, or ask a yoga teacher for advice.

3) Hot Water Bottles
Yep, the same kind your Grandma uses for her back pain. Hot water bottles may seem old-fashioned, but they really, truly help warm and relax the muscles in your lower abdomen. At about $15, it’s a worthy investment that will bring you relief month after month.


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294 Comments

  1. avatar Annabel says:

    I curl up with a hot water bottle, wait for the drugs to kick in while reading funny period stories! Trust me, I get cramps so bad I throw up but laughing and taking my mind off it really helps. Search funny period stories- it really helps to know that it could be worse and some of them are hilarious!

  2. avatar Charlotte says:

    I’ve had horrific cramps since the age of 9. I’ve been to every specialist you can think of. They’ve recommended taking naproxen, birth control, exercise, heating pads and tea and none of that workS for me. I’ve even tried black strap mollasses, apple cider vinegar, dong quai and primrose oil. Nothing seems to help once I start bleeding. Does anybody have any other remedies besides the ones I have listed.

  3. avatar Snowie says:

    Yho guys menstrual cramps are no joke when they got me i use desprine n put warm water at the bottom n take pain killers ,ibuprofen.

  4. avatar Berfin says:

    Humor! Watching something funny or being with a humorous friens usually helps me get through the pain.

  5. avatar fatima says:

    am just 14 yet I have the worst menstrual pain ever what do I do

  6. avatar Ellie says:

    Orgasms. Orgasms help relieve my cramps. Hitatchi magic wand on the clit and just ease away the pain. It doesn’t always last for long depending on how bad my cramps are but it definitely brings me relief.

  7. avatar Brown says:

    I have had the worse cramps for 2days now.

  8. avatar Alex says:

    Omg guys if your on your period right now , get a sock fill it up with rice you don’t have to fill it up to the top ( whatever you perferr ) tie up the end of the sock , put it in the microwave for like one or thirty seconds then take it out lay on your bed/couch flat and just set the sock on your stomach , put on a timer on your phone for every ten mintues turn over the sock opposite sides every ten mintues breathe and repeat .It worked so well for me and I hope it works for you :) it’s made a huge impact since before hand where my pains hurt so bad seriously it helps a lot .

  9. avatar Alice says:

    My stomach hurts so bad I don’t know what will help take away the pain tbh I ate a banana but I didn’t really work and I’ve drunk heaps of water idk what else helps advice anyone ??

  10. avatar Bryony says:

    Is it weird that I have cramps before my period actually starts? Like right now I have rlly bad cramps that have been going on for 2 days but I haven’t actually started bleeding yet ?? I can’t move without immense pain and sometimes it gets so bad that I start crying cus the pain is just too much… Any advice? I’m 14…

    • avatar Vivien says:

      Same here. Except for me it’s about a week before I get it and then it gets really bad about 6hours after my period starts. It sucks. I find a heat pack works for me sometimes but lately it’s been getting worse. Drinking tea is okay I guess, but there’s only so much of that that anyone can stand.

    • avatar Megan says:

      It’s not weird, don’t worry. I get them before too for a couple of days. I’m 20 and it’s been that way for the last 7 years.

  11. avatar Lucie says:

    Here’s a little tip if, like me, you can’t quit work and go home like you want to when suffering from these hellish cramps – I was in agony 2 hours ago and I thought I was going to die!!!! I’d taken lots of painkillers and tried to avoid caffeine. Found this article and tried the yoga pose (which is amazing!) but needed a hot water bottle, it’s ALL I wanted.. but it’s a bit awkward when you work in a shop! Well, I filled a kitchen rubber glove with hot water, an idea I got off the vet – they did this for my rabbit when he was cold after an operation.. So, then I sat at the till with a jumper on my lap hiding my fat fingered bright yellow hot water bottle – yippee!! Feeling a LOT better now, thanks for the tips, good luck to all the girlies suffering, just remember- this: ALL things must pass xxx

  12. avatar Cassie says:

    Plz…can someone help me am reali suffering from cramps and i’ve tried everything

  13. avatar Babyboo123 says:

    OMG my belly hurts so bad I can’t even stand up

  14. avatar Bethan says:

    Got really bad cramps today, I’ve tried quite a few things before & nothings really ever worked. Just fed up of the pain now so read this article & comments today & tried a few – took ibuprofen, did a bit of running on the spot & around the flat, yoga, drunk loads of water & ate a banana… I don’t know if it was one or all of them but the pain is no more, it’s such a relief, and I feel like I can carry on my day as normal. :)

  15. avatar Jenny says:

    I’ve tried everything! Hot bath, pain relievers, yoga, and these cramps will still not go away! It feels as if every month they get worse. Also I get kinda sick from it all, any other suggestions?

  16. avatar Julie says:

    I have a hot water bottle on now but the cramps are really bad and sore,I’ve had ibuprofen and still nothing works?whats the best advice??

  17. avatar Laura says:

    I was also up last night at 4 am with crazy cramps… I know this is late in coming now but if you don’t have a water bottle in a pinch you can throw some rice or lentils in a sock, tie it off and pop it in the microwave for 25-30 seconds. It makes a great heat pack and for me anyway, sometimes heat is the only thing that works (even when its 26°c at 4 am >:/ ).

  18. avatar ari says:

    Laying in bed right now(4am) because I can’t fall asleep due to the immense pain. Everthing hurts. Feels like somebody’s trying to shove a potato up my uterus or something, oh and they’re kicking my vagina too. I can’t get hot water bottles is there SOMETHING that’ll help

    • avatar Grace says:

      I don’t know if this will help you girls out. But it helps me. The only problem is I can only take it at night when my sons r asleep and not sick. Zanaflex is a muscle relaxant and you need a prescription for it. But it works in 20 minutes. Start with 2mg and dont go past 6mg otherwise u will see things that are not there. I dont just take it for period cramps, its also good for migraines which gets worse during my period. And for other things.

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