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How can you lessen period cramps in school and at work?

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Dr. Ronald De la Pena
Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Motrin: A balanced sensible diet, good hydration, 1, 000mg of calcium divided through out the day, and standard doses of Motrin as described over the counter. Also, pre-treatment starting 2 days before your period and continuing until most pain is gone may help.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Depends: Period cramps result from production of a chemical called prostaglandin.Taking a prostaglandin inhibitor like ibuprofen or naproxen starting the day before an expected cycle is a common treatment.If the cramps are disabling or meds ineffective,oral contraceptives can often be used to manage the pain.That was actually why they were developed in the beginning.The BC was a side effect.

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