Take a pain reliever. Several types of over-the-counter pain relievers
offer relief from premenstrual cramps. Such medications include
aspirin, Ibuprofen and naproxen. Check out other over-the-counter
medicines that combine pain relief with treatment of other premenstrual
symptoms such as water retention, irritability and headaches. An
all-in-one medication may help with more than just cramping.
Apply heat. Using a heating pad or hot water bottle on your lower back
and abdomen may alleviate some tenderness from cramping. Taking a warm
bath or shower for further relief from may also be a helpful part of
Get rest. Being well rested helps the body to deal with premenstrual
soreness and cramping. With adequate rest, the body is less vulnerable
to the effects of the pain associated with cramps. It''s important to
get plenty of sleep at night and rest frequently throughout the day
Massage affected areas. Light massaging of the lower back and abdomen
will help the contracting muscles to loosen up a bit, resulting in less
Exercise regularly. Getting regular exercise helps to raise levels of
endorphins, the body''s natural painkillers. Exercising before and
during the premenstrual cycle will help the body to deal with cramps
using its own resources. It''s important to exercise regularly, not just
during your premenstrual cycle, for optimum effect.
See a doctor. If premenstrual cramping is causing extreme pain or
discomfort, visit your physician for further guidance. There are
doctor-prescribed treatments available to women who suffer from extreme
cramping during their premenstrual and menstrual cycles.