Now that I am in the middle of my period - I thought it would be a good time to share some of my remedies for getting rid of period cramps. Ever since I can remember, I've struggled with period cramps and they are often so painful that I have to miss work. When I was younger, I would have a hard time at school because I was in so much pain. Now that I am trying to conceive, my period is not only a time of physical pain but also emotional pain and I hate when I have a bad period because mentally I just feel all over the place - like maybe I am being punished or something. I'm sure most of you reading this understand that.
As I've gotten older, I've learned a few tips and tricks for getting rid of these bad boys but not all of these will work for everyone and I know that but maybe one or two of these will help you! Comment below what remedies work for you so I can try them!
Recently, my go-to is Icy Hot. Yes, you read that right. I'm a huge advocate for Icy Hot. I think that the product works great for backaches and even headaches. I'm not 100% sure if it's fertility safe (any fertility specialists out there let me know) so I try not to use it during my two week wait but during my period I always use it because well, I'm not pregnant so I can do whatever I wish. And just to add a note since I already mentioned that I use this for headaches too, I will rub some on the back of my neck (hair up in a bun so it's not as messy) and I take a little on my index fingers and rub some of the product on my temple. Try it and you can thank me later! It's a miracle drug.
Another thing I do is use my trusty heating pad. Maybe I am an old soul or something because I don't think a lot of women (that I know) use a heating pad for period cramps but I honestly cannot live without mine. I think that the way you are suppose to use the heating pad is by only using it 20 minutes at a time. I am not a rule follower and sleep with mine on and use it for hours at end - but don't take my advice on the timing portion of this.
Drink a ton of water. I swear by this too - stayed super duper hydrated softens the blow. When I worked in the medical field, I would draw patients blood and always tell them to drink a lot of water. One of the reasons being, when your body is well hydrated you are actually less likely to feel as much pain as you would if you were dehydrated. I honestly don't know the science behind that other than the fact that you feel a little less physical pain when you are hydrated and I've always drank a lot of water but around my period - I literally drink 10-12 bottles of water a day. You should at least drink 6 twelve-ounce bottles of water a day.
Do not, I repeat, do not sit down! Going for a run, exercising, walking around, etc are all things that help with the physical pain of period cramps. Again, I don't know the science behind it but it works. I have a desk job so sometimes this is a little hard for me to do but I will make extra trips to the bathroom, printer, kitchen, check up on agents in the office, etc so I don't sit on my lazy butt all day complaining about my stomach pains.
I can't prove this by I swear by it, drink hot peppermint tea. I have Googled this a few times and can't seem to find if this is real or not but if I drink peppermint tea the day before Aunt Flo is suppose to arrive and continue to drink it through the first two days of my period - my period cramps are either super mild or nonexistent. Anyone else?
Take a hot, hot, hot bath. This may be a favorite of mine. it only helps with the period cramps while you are in the actual bath but it is so relaxing! I love taking really hot baths and while trying to conceive - I can't take as hot as I would like (because my body temp gets above 102.2) so since I am on my period and obviously not pregnant, I turn that heat up up up!
And last, obviously, a pain-reliever. My favorite is Midol. I put this last because I don't think it's the BEST and HEALTHIEST option for your body. Also, inflammatory medication aren't great for your liver and kidneys so for that reason, I try not to take them. But sometimes they do the trick! I've tried just Ibuprofen and nada but Midol works like a charm for me. The trick is to take it the night/morning/few hours before any bleeding actually starts.
Well, there you have it! My secrets to not having horrible period cramps. I am so curious to know what works for you! Please comment below, or comment on social media to let me know - I would love to try new things and add rememedies to the list!