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How To Deal With Menstrual Cramping

Watch more Women's Health videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Deal with menstrual cramping by following these helpful steps, and you'll feel better fast. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Warning See your doctor if cramping is severe or sudden; you experience pain at times other than your period; or cramping is accompanied by fever. Step 1: Take naproxen or ibuprofen Take naproxen or ibuprofen. Don't wait -- take it at the onset of pain and repeat every six hours until the pain subsides. Step 2: Apply heat Put a heating pad on your abdomen or lower back to soothe the pain, or take a hot bath to relax your pelvic muscles. Tip Drink ginger root tea to ease cramping. Make your own by slicing ginger root and simmering it in water for 15 minutes. Step 3: Exercise Exercise reduces muscle tension and increases circulation, so take a walk, get on your bike, or practice yoga. Getting on all fours with your hips elevated can also relieve pain. Step 4: Take supplements Take vitamin B in the morning, and calcium and magnesium supplements before bed one week before your period starts to help prevent uterine contractions. Tip Birth control pills prevent ovulation and reduce the severity of menstrual cramps. Step 5: Use progesterone cream Use an over-the-counter progesterone cream to help fight cramps. The South American medicinal plant maca root may also offer relief. Did You Know? A 1978 study named menstrual pain and discomfort as the greatest single cause of school and work absences among American women.
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