How to Deal with Menstrual Cramping

More than half of all women experience the pain and aggravation of monthly cramps. Fight back effectively with these tips.

You will need

  • Naproxen or ibuprofen
  • A heating pad
  • Exercise
  • Vitamin B
  • calcium
  • and magnesium
  • Progesterone cream
  • Maca root
  • Ginger root tea (optional)
  • Birth control pills (optional)

Step 1 Take naproxen or ibuprofen Take naproxen or ibuprofen. Don’t wait — take it at the onset of pain and repeat every six hours until the pain subsides.

Step 2 Apply heat Put a heating pad on your abdomen or lower back to soothe the pain, or take a hot bath to relax your pelvic muscles.

Step 3 Exercise Exercise reduces muscle tension and increases circulation, so take a walk, get on your bike, or practice yoga. Getting on all fours with your hips elevated can also relieve pain.

Step 4 Take supplements Take vitamin B in the morning, and calcium and magnesium supplements before bed one week before your period starts to help prevent uterine contractions.

Step 5 Use progesterone cream Use an over-the-counter progesterone cream to help fight cramps. The South American medicinal plant maca root may also offer relief.