Try the following home treatment to help relieve your menstrual cramps:
- Use heat, such as hot water bottles, heating pads, or hot baths, to relax tense muscles and relieve cramping. Be careful not to burn yourself.
- Drink herbal teas, such as chamomile, mint, raspberry, and blackberry, which may help soothe tense muscles and anxious moods.
- Exercise. Regular workouts decrease the severity of cramps. For more information, see the topic Reference Fitness.
- Empty your bladder as soon as you have the urge to urinate.
For more information on managing menstrual cramps, see:
|Try a nonprescription medicine to help treat your fever or pain:|
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Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
Reference Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home treatment:
- You become pregnant.
- Pain is getting worse.
- Menstrual cramps are lasting longer than your period.
- Other symptoms develop, such as fever.
- Symptoms become more severe or frequent.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference June 20, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Reference David Messenger, MD