Menstrual Cramps - Home Treatment
Try the following home treatment to
help relieve your menstrual cramps:
- Use heat, such as hot water bottles, heating
pads, or hot baths, to relax tense muscles and relieve cramping. Be careful not
to burn yourself.
- Drink herbal teas, such as chamomile, mint,
raspberry, and blackberry, which may help soothe tense muscles and anxious
- Exercise. Regular workouts decrease the severity of cramps.
For more information, see the topic
- Empty your bladder as soon as you
have the urge to urinate.
For more information on managing menstrual cramps, see:
Menstrual Cycle: Dealing With Cramps.
| Be sure to follow these
safety tips when you use a nonprescription medicine:
- Carefully read and follow all directions
on the medicine bottle and box.
- Do not take more than the
- Do not take a medicine if you have had an
allergic reaction to it in the past.
you have been told to avoid a medicine, call your doctor before you take
- If you are or could be pregnant, do not take any medicine other
than acetaminophen unless your doctor has told you to.
Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than age 20 unless your doctor tells you to.
Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home
- You become pregnant.
- Pain is
- Menstrual cramps are lasting
longer than your period.
- Other symptoms develop, such as fever.
- Symptoms become more severe
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
June 20, 2011
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