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what natural methods can i use to soothe menstrual cramps?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Tips: Avoid caffeine, alcohol, extra salt & junk carbohydrates. Increase complex carbohydrates – try to incorporate at least 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit into your diet daily. Try: omega- 3 fatty acids. Try to take in magnesium either through supplementation or through your diet with your doctor’s approval. If you desire non-medication approaches you can discuss use of a >>.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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of a traditional herbal like Black Cohosh with your doctor. Chamomile tea can be soothing. Sipping Green tea can also help to dissipate pain. A small amount of essential oil massaged onto the abdomen can be calming. Consider lavender, rosemary or sage. Stretch your body. Inhale slowly through your nostrils. Fill your lungs and hold for a count of five before slowly exhaling. Repeat 12 times. Heat can relax muscles whether it be from a shower, bath or a heating pad.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

Can I take something OTC for menstrual cramps that really works?

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Dr. Stephen Pappachen
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Yes: Midol, advil, (ibuprofen) motrin, etc... Of course, they shouldn't be taken all at once.
A 24-year-old female asked:

Will tea help menstrual cramps?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Some may...: Many people use herbal supplements for common illnesses and menstrual cramp is one of them...Camomille, feverfew, black cohosh etc..(often avaialbe in varous forms such as tablet, dried tea, extracts etc..) and many others are used for such purpose and can help some folks. I can't tell which will do for you. Consult doc if your symptoms are severe and/or using other meds..Good luck.
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Why do you have menstrual cramps?

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Dr. Hugo Ribot
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Prostaglandins: During the period, a physiologic process occurs which leads to the sloughing (shedding) of the inner lining of the uterus, known as the endometrium. What facilitates this involves the production of very powerful chemicals by the body known as prostaglandins. These produce very strong contractions of the uterus which in some women can be as painful as labor. This also explains menstrual diarrhea.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What is a good medication to take for menstrual cramps?

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Psychiatry 32 years experience
Cramps: Depending on severity of cramps & if ok with your doctor, safest is non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as motrin, if not allergic to it.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What can I take for really bad menstrual cramps?

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PMS: Otc pain meds typically wrok great.

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