Many women experience painful menstrual cramps during menstruation. If you experience cramps during menstruation, what have you found helps you get relief from menstrual cramps (other than medication)? A warm bath? Exercise? Share your tips.
- I can usually calm my cramps down by watching tv and not thinking about it. I also find that eating bananas helps because of the potassium.
- —Guest Macen
- When my cramps are so bad that I can't function, I curl up in bed with a heating pad on my abdomen. Not only does it ease the pain, but I usually am able to fall asleep. By the time I wake up, I feel much better.
- —Guest redd
A Warm Bath is Heaven
- I have always had great success with a hot bath. Of course you can't stay in the bathtub forever so heating pads are good too.
- I used hypnotherapy to deal with childbirth (I highly recommend 'hypnobirthing'!), and find that the visualizations I used can still work with cramps. I close my eyes, breathe deeply from my diaphragm, and imagine that the cramps are 'warm energy' instead of pain. I also have my husband rub my back and take warm baths. And if that doesn't work, Advil to the rescue!
- —Guest Elysse