Menstrual cramp relief


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.

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Last revised: December 3, 2012
by Martin A. Harms, M.D.

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