Having trouble with your menstrual cramps? Don’t worry. There are a few alternative things you can do to help relieve the pain during your time of the month.

Never let those menstrual cramps knock you down girl!
Never let those cramps knock you down!
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If you ask people about their period, the first thing they may tell you is how bad their menstrual cramps are. You get that feeling in your lower abdomen that slowly progresses into pain. Eventually, you’re slumped over in an uncomfortable position where your midsection turns into your enemy.

The chief thing a lot of us people turn to when the cramps arrive is pain pills. Any kind of ibuprofen normally does the trick, even though it’s temporary. But for those who do not want to take pills, there are alternative ways to relieve the pain.

Attack Cramps With Hot or Cold Temperatures

Heat can soothe menstrual pain and discomfort
Heat can soothe menstrual pain and discomfort
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Heat is the answer to most of our problems due to its soothing properties. When placing a heating pad on your abdomen or lower back, the heat acts as a distraction from the menstrual cramps, allowing you to focus on the warmth. Let’s not forget to mention that it’s also pretty relaxing!

During my period, I do nothing but rest. As I rest, I find it best to lie on my back and place the heating pad right on top of me. If I have cramps that are a bit more intense, I wrap my electric heating blanket around my body like a caterpillar in a cocoon. But I must warn you – doing this may cause you to fall asleep like a baby.

If you’re not into applying heat to your menstrual cramps, ice is another great alternative. You can apply an ice pack to your problem areas and get a nice chilling, numbing effect. Just think of it as a way to freeze all your troubles as you survive through your period.

Warm Baths for Melting Away Cramps

If Oprah can enjoy a bath, so can you!
If Oprah can enjoy a bath, so can you!

If you’ve never taken a bath during your period, you don’t know what you’re missing. When those menstrual cramps are out of control, a nice warm bath can be your best friend, as your body is surrounded by nothing but water and fun bubbles. This is another way to make you feel relaxed and ease your mind away from the cramps.

Take advantage of this relaxation time and forget your worries and your cramps. Take it a step further by adding pleasant music or a glass of wine as you take your bath. You may forget that you were ever on your period to begin with.

If you want to mix things up, your bath doesn’t have to be warm. As I stated, if you’re into more of a cooling property, try a slightly cold bath. Your body, and especially your cramps, will feel calm and refreshed.

Deep Massaging of Cramps

Don't worry, there's always light at the end of a difficult period
Don’t worry, there’s always light at the end of a difficult period
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Everyone should know what a massage feels like. But have you ever received one on your period in your menstrual cramp areas? I’m not talking about getting a massage from someone else — I’m suggesting handheld massagers.

Handheld massagers are great tools to use on body aches and pains, or to relieve stress. When using it for menstrual cramps, place it on your pain area, probably your abdomen, and let the vibration of the machine do its job. I don’t know about others, but every time I use a massager to help relieve my pain, I get so sleepy.

A lot of massagers go deep within the tissue, but ultimately it will depend on what type of massager you have. If your cramps are not centralized, I suggest using a massage mat. These things are so comfortable you’ll want to live on them, even after your period is over. It will vibrate those pesky cramps while providing relaxing heat all over your body.

If you still want to take ibuprofen after reading this, go ahead by all means. If you consider some of these alternative approaches, they will not disappoint you. Every month your period arrives, just think of all these ways you can tackle it and finally succeed at putting those cramps in their place!