Is there any way to decrease the debilitation of
Some women get such bad cramps that they can hardly do
anything but lay on the couch with a heating pad. Is there any way to decrease
cramps when they're so debilitating?
"There are a lot of things to do for
cramps," Dr. Masterson says. "As a gynecologist, I get asked this question every
day. The warm packs are a great thing. The other things you want to concentrate
on are diet and exercise. Very simple but it actually helps with cramps. Now the
other thing is Motrin, a great pain reliever for cramps. The trick is to take it
a day or two before your period actually starts." Dr. Masterson says taking pain
relievers and calcium work to help blood vessels in the uterus.
ways to control cramps are with acupuncture and contraceptives, she says. "Birth
control pills are excellent at taking away cramps because they decrease how much
you bleed. And a lot of women take the contraceptives continually so you don't
get a period and therefore you don't get the cramps."