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Tips for Relieving Menstrual Period Pain at Home

The following steps may allow you to avoid prescription medications:

  • Apply a heating pad to your lower abdomen (below your belly button). Be careful NOT to fall asleep with the heating pad on.
  • Do light circular massage with your fingertips around your lower abdomen.
  • Drink warm beverages.
  • Eat light but frequent meals.
  • Follow a diet rich in complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, but low in salt, sugar, alcohol, and caffeine.
  • Keep your legs elevated while lying down, or lie on your side with your knees bent.
  • Practice relaxation techniques such as meditation or yoga.
  • Try over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine, such as ibuprofen. Start taking it the day before your period is expected to start, and continue taking it regularly for the first few days of your period.
  • Try vitamin B6, calcium, and magnesium supplements, especially if your pain is from PMS.
  • Take warm showers or baths.
  • Walk or exercise regularly, including pelvic rocking exercises.
  • Lose weight if you are overweight.
If these self-care measures do not work, see your doctor for the latest information on medications and treatments.
 
Newsletter Resources:
 
The National Institutes of Health, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/pubs/endometriosis/sub2.cfm#what
 
The U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/womenshealth.html 

Wellness Alerts – Women’s Health, The University of California, Berkeley: http://www.berkeleywellnessalerts.com/alerts/womens_health/PMS-Remedies201-1.html