8 Tips On How To Get Rid Of Cramps When You’re On Your Period

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.

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.


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  • Michelle Crawford

    Aspirin before u start helps alot,as it thins the blood out so u dont cramp

  • Asha

    Hello I have REALLY BAD CRAPS they hurt so much i cry all the time and the Midol Pills Dont even help me at all But why? And They hurt so bad i throw up! And i am 11 So its really hard for me! What do i do?

  • Embereana

    I share the same story as most of the girls. Few things i would agree did not help me at all. What did worked for me once i tried to understand what i really feel inside… like throbbing or pain staying on just one part or moving around my pelvic area… after trying and reading lot of things, this is what i concluded:

    1> we females lose calcium during our periods. Drinking cold milk (even with added vitD) helps relieve pain within 30min.

    2> iron is another important element we lose with periods. Apple is rich in itself but heavy in fruit form, so rather try drinking apple juice or cider which is lighter. It helps too.

    3> mints are a soothing and pain relieving natural thing that can be used during or even all year around. Take herbal mint tea… or add mint leaves along with chamomile tea. It will help. If you are in urgency or have severe cramps and cannot wait to make tea… you can even eat mint leaves. It should provide some relief. (Any type of mint will do too)

    4> there are some ointments available in the medical stores too that are prescribed for muscle cramps or muscle fatigue. Apply them on the painful area and gently massagging will help relieve pain as well.

    These are all natural ways that i found helpful to ease or remove menstrual cramps.

    • Superior mind

      im lactose intolerant so i cant drink milk whats another subsitute for that?

  • Grace McDonell

    Hi, I’ve haven’t gotten my period at all yet and I’m 13. I know that’s pretty normal, but I’ve been having bad pains for a whole month. I had a week of pains in October, then they started again early November and haven’t stopped. I take 2 Nurofens most days but it usually takes 2 or more hours to start to work. I’ve been exercising lots everyday and trying many different methods I’ve heard online and they sometimes work. Yoga just causes sharp side and lower back pains and only helps a little bit. Any other tips? It would be sooooo appreciated!

  • Zariyah

    What works for me during this time of month is a home remedy of cinnamon and honey. Boil a teaspoon of cinnamon, pour into a coffee mug and mix with a tablespoon of honey for a homemade tea. Works wonders!

  • Lori Ghiraldi

    I am in my 40s and my first three days are so unbearable that I can’t move, I tried everything, heating pads, Motrin, Aleve and nothing works. I get so depressed and lose a lot of sleep! I get it so heavy also and I’m out of answers, is there any any advice you can give me? Thank you

    • Kristen

      I usually take the medicine & get heating pad & lay on my belly on the couch & watch a movie .. it takes my mind off the pain .. & sleep , if I go to sleep when I wake up I’m not cramping anymore …

  • Kat Wright

    Hello. My name is Chrissy. I am 17 and I have had the worst cramps since I have had my first period when I was around 13. My periods are heavy. I have really bad back pain. I cry my eyes out. I take 800mg of ibuprofen every two hours (which is not at all a good idea. Not healthy. But I have to do what I have to do in order not to lay in bed all day and cry and toss and turn. My doctor doesn’t know how to help.) and I’m on a few different birth control. Nothing helps. I have tried heating pads and my sister has massaged my lower stomach and back because she is a licensed massage therapist. Nothing works. I don’t know what to do either.

    • Kristen

      Hot showers & tea .. & try midol

  • Melissa

    Hey I’m 19 and I’ve had my period since I was 9 so it’s been 10 years now. I always get these cramps that literally make me cry): I tried taking pills by they take forever to kick in so the pain doesn’t even go away. I take 3 ibuprofen (200mg) I have also tried teas but they don’t help. They hurt my tummy and make it feel very full so it literally causes more pain): I try going to the restroom frequently, I just sit in the toilet and rub my tummy. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t): please help): please I don’t know what else to do

  • Isabell Gonzalez

    Hey I’ve had bad cramps similar to your except I wouldn’t get out of bed for 3 days and I’ve tried everything naproxen didn’t work ibuprofen didn’t either and I found out I had a cycts the have me birth control and the ducts went away but not the pain I just had a baby 5 months ago and the pains are back and nothing works again and on top of that I have a fatty liver so I have to watch out for herbal drinks and pills so what should I do

  • Anastasia

    I am a very dedicated athlete and have the worst cramps ever… whenever I ran at practice I actually felt so much better, so definitely agree with the tip on exercising!!! Sadly after we were done, once again I’m in pain. Does any of you have tips for athletes and that time of the month, I find myself getting tired faster, which makes it much harder for me to even find the motivation to run hard at practice.

  • SpiceGirl

    cramps are the worst! Uuggggg!

  • Selena

    Accually no water and ice doesn’t help that just tightens up the thingie I don’t even know what it’s called but the opposite would help

  • Taylor Nichole

    Hey uhm im only 14 i had my first menstrual when i was 9 and i have always had horrible horrible pains and horrible cramps and nothing works i even gone to take up to 6 or 7 pain killers within hours and don’t help water dont ice dont nothing will help their so bad that i break down in pain and tears it get so bad to were i cant even walk or sit up laying down barely helps but it takes some pain away . Maybe the fact that my periods are very irregular is whats causes this horrible pain i dont know so please i need advice or help tips anything

    • Kristen

      Your period will eventually regulate & the cramps won’t be so bad .. but if you already start around a certain time of the month .. start running a little each day , it will help make your period lighter & cramps too

  • Erica farmer

    I’m in 6 grade and I’m having the worst cramps and I’m seeking any cramp ideas that might work and I just tell my family to leave me alone and lock myself in my room and mom has to take my puppy out for me and I don’t want that any more PLEASE HELP

  • Aliyah

    I’m 13 yrs old I am having really bad cramps…can anyone give me some tips…please I first started when I was 11 they didn’t hurt that bad then but they seem to be getting worse can anyone plz help me…..

    • Selena

      Did you try anything yet to try to help?

  • Ellariell

    i have the worst cramps ever in the world, i have tried pain pills, but my pain goes and comes back, and i wouldnt ask my parents for birth control without thinking that im doing anything, also i trid the bath and didnt work i tried alot of things anymore advice?

  • Amelia

    hey im 14 and today i was fine nothing was wrong, i went to bed and now im awake and its 1:45 in the morning because my period pains are getting worse. i took medicene and i have a heat pack but its not working ! please please anybody know what i should do ???