Ibuprofen and naproxen sodium are common over-the-counter medications that can help relieve menstrual cramps. A heating pad or hot water bottle may also make you feel better. Other measures to reduce or prevent cramps include:
- Walk or exercise regularly, including pelvic rocking exercises.
- Follow a diet rich in complex carbohydrates, like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables - but low in salt, sugar, alcohol, and caffeine.
- Practice relaxation techniques like meditation or yoga.
by Sharon M. Smith, M.D.
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