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#1 of 12 Old 05-15-2006, 05:44 PM - Thread Starter
 
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What do you do for period cramps? Mine have been awful for 2-3 days each month. They've been worse and worse since I got off bc pills 2 years ago. I don't want to get back on the pill but don't want to be totally debilitated either during my period. Would love to hear about any tried and tested natural remedies, magnets etc. My cramps are generally much more severe than most people's.
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If you're using tampons, I'd quit that and try a cup or pads. My cramps all but disappeared when I stopped using tampons.
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I have horrible cramps from endometriosis. First lots of hotb aths, kinda numbs the pain. Tylenol 3 with codein, if its that severe. I have had to take this occasionally not every month, just when I could barely walk. Thos therma care heat pads work great too. Use pads. Sit as much as possible. And remember it will pass.
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If you're pretty regular and don't have any allergies/sensitivities to anti-inflammatory meds, you could try taking 200-400 mg of ibuprofen every 6-8 hours for a couple of days before your period starts, then for the first couple of days of bleeding. This will inhibit the production of prostaglandins, which cause much of the pain associated with the cramping. Good luck - I know how painful that can be!
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I stopped eating as much soy as I was previously consuming and it made a lot of difference.
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Red raspberry tea or extract really helps me, not only during your period but all month long. It's just a super tonic for all of those parts involved
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Strawberry tea also works well.
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Magnesium helps muscles relax.
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Magnesium helps muscles relax.
I was going to say magnesium too. The other thing is, are you bleeding more heavily than you used to? Your hormones might be slightly out of balance, in which case you could try vitex/chasteberry. I took it after coming off bc pills and it evened everything out.
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For me nothing has really eliminated the painful cramps, but the following has helped.
Heating pads/hotbaths, a calcium and magnesium supplement, cutting out caffiene, sugar and salty foods. I also try to use pads whenever possible, to let the blood flow out naturally.
The ibuprofen works well too, but it's best to start taking it right before the cramps arrive, to inhibit the prostaglandins. Once they're there, it isn't as effective. I am allergic to it so I use tylenol sparingly. A cocktail or glass of wine before bed and a hot bath is just as effective.
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Thanks. I will try the red raspberry leaf tea and look into magnesium. I don't use tampons, only cloth pads, which are really comfy but don't seem to help much with the pain. I have prescription pain killers but don't want to get too used to them.
Heating pads do help when I'm at home but I can't really use them to school when I take classes or teach.

I've heard about a British magnetic pain reliever that seems to have received good press reviews. its a bit pricey – $44, but maybe I'll try it.

http://www.ladycarehealth.com/
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Oh and I don't drink caffeine either and don't eat refined sugars except during holidays at other people's homes.
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