How to crush cramps

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It's no surprise women think men have it easy during that time of the month; especially when the cramps kick in. These happen when your uterus contracts and spasms as it sheds its lining, thus resulting in a period. They creep up around the time of your menstrual cycle and can cause havoc to your daily routine, making you feel uncomfortable and antisocial due to the pain.

Don't let it hold you back and stop you from doing the things you enjoy; here's how to stop your period from cramping your style.

Pain medication

If things get really sore, you shouldn't feel bad for taking painkillers. After all; that's what they're there for. Ibuprofen is the turn-to pill when it comes to tummy pains - just make sure you take the recommended dose and follow any other instructions that come with the packet. If the discomfort isn't eased by these, you should seek advice from a medical expert, who may be able to provide a stronger alternative.

TLC

The feeling of a hot water bottle against your stomach is heavenly when you're suffering, and the warmth can relieve the pangs. Running a bath will also help ease your muscles and allow your body to relax, soothing your uterus. It may be the case you don't feel comfortable bathing during your period, so just stick to one before you start and another towards the end as a treat to yourself.

Cook yourself some delicious meals and include foods known to prevent cramping, such as parsley. Its properties are known to put a stop to aching, and celery is another option that helps fight fluid retention during your period.

Birth control

It may be a surprise to know that a lot of women taking birth control don't do so because they don't want to fall pregnant - it's to regulate their periods and ease the pain. Hormonal options like the pill, implant or injection can help lower your pain and even eliminate your period. Make sure you talk to your doctor and go for the right option if you decide to turn to this method to get rid of your cramps.

Fun times

You may not feel up to being intimate with your partner or enjoying some alone time, but it's been proven that the big O eases tensions in the body, filling you with feel-good endorphins. Just an idea!

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