I don’t think I need to remind you girls that getting your period can be a major bummer for a lot of reasons. For me, the worst thing about getting my period has always been some seriously horrible PMS. When I was younger, I used to get the worst cramps ever. I’m talking so bad that at least one day a month, I either be late or miss school all together because I was in so much pain.
I’m sure most of you can relate. Ugh… aren’t period cramps the worst?! I don’t get them as much anymore (thank God), but maybe that’s because I tried out about a million ways to get rid of them. The upside of that? I can now share my tips with you guys. So, wondering how to get rid of cramps… or at least make them better? Check out these 8 tips that will make that time of the month that much easier.
Try PillsOne of the most obvious solutions for menstrual cramps is taking some pills. A few Ibuprofen or something like Midol is probably your best best. However, I happen to know from experience that these pills do little to nothing for really severe cramps. But if your cramps are pretty mild, these should do the trick - and if they're way worse than mild? They may take the edge off. It's worth trying, especially if you need a quick fix. Source: ShutterStock
Prop Those Feet UpWhenever I used to get terrible cramps, I would lay down on my back and prop my feet up on a few pillows. Elevating your feet can help reduce some of the pain. If you don't find that helpful, try curling yourself into the fetal position. Either way, lie down for a little bit! Source: ShutterStock
Use A Heating PadWhen you have bad period cramps, heating pads can be your best friend. Invest in a good one and I promise you won't regret it. If you don't have time to lie down and use one, then there are these great sticky heating patches (like these) that you can put on under your clothes and use them while you're doing other stuff, like going to school or work. The heat will help soothe your cramps and, bonus, warm you up on a cold day. Source: ShutterStock
Consider Birth Control PillsFor me personally, my cramps didn't entirely disappear until I started using birth control pills. Now I rarely get them when I get my period and it's awesome. If you're thinking about going on the pill mainly for this reason, let your doctor know so that he/she can prescribe the best ones. Source: ShutterStock
Do Some Mild ExerciseI know the idea of working out when you have horrible cramps sounds insane. Trust me, I almost bit my mom's head off the first time she suggested it. But actually, a little bit of exercise will help your cramps go away. If you can't deal with the idea of doing something too difficult, try just going for a walk or doing some yoga. Source: ShutterStock
Take A BathCramps are a perfect excuse to take a long, hot bath. JK... not really. Like I said, heat will help you relieve your cramps - so take advantage of that and relax in a warm bath. Aaahhhh... feels better already, right? Source: ShutterStock
Stay Away From CoffeeIf you're anything like me, you reach for a cup of coffee every morning no matter what else is happening. Um, maybe don't do that when you have cramps. Caffeine will actually make them a lot worse. Stick to decaf coffee or just some herbal tea. Source: ShutterStock
Head To The DoctorIf you're reading this and thinking, "I've tried all these things, and NONE OF THEM WORK," you should probably go to a doctor. Seriously severe cramps could be a sign of a bigger problem... or maybe you just need some prescription strength medication. When my doctor prescribed Naproxen to me, it changed my life. Seriously. Source: ShutterStock
Do you get really bad menstrual cramps? Did you find these tips helpful? What’s your advice for getting rid of cramps? Tell us in the comments.