Menstrual cramps can be frustrating at best, a nightmare at worst. Either way, you shouldn’t have to live with them. That’s why three experts were asked from a range of discipline’s how to find menstrual cramp relief. See which one works for you or, combine all three to kick cramps to the curb.
- At the first twinge of menstrual pain, take ibuprofen. It blocks the production of prostaglandins, bodily chemicals that cause uterine contractions. You can have up to 800 milligrams every six to eight hours.” –Patricia Sulak, M.D., an an obstetrician at Scott & White Healthcare in Temple, Texas.
- “Research suggests that getting 1200 milligrams of calcium a day can help lessen many menstrual symptoms, including cramps. So get plenty of low-fat dairy and fortified soy milk and juices. Certain brands of milk and yogurt, as well as mushrooms and egg yolks, also contain vitamin D, which boosts the absorption of mineral.” –Lona Sandon, R.D., an assistant professor of nutrition at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas.
- “Acupressure can help ease discomfort from menstrual cramps. Using your thumb and forefinger, apply firm pressure to the webbing between your first and second toe for one minute; repeat on the other foot. I also recommend drinking a tea made with the herb of Dong Quai (female ginseng) to help relax the uterine muscles and improve blood flow.” Just read up on it first and make sure it’s right for you.” -Janet Humphrey, founder of the Giving Nature Center in New York City.