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5 Ways to Ease Period Cramps

Eileen Bailey Jul 30th, 2014 (updated Jun 11th, 2015)
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Use a heating pad
Use a heating pad

Little else is more soothing than a hot water bottle or heating pad when you are enduring horrible cramps. 

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Exercise
Exercise

When you have cramps, the last thing you want to do is get up and move, but mild exercise can help to reduce the cramps. Try taking a walk or riding your bike. Spend time doing yoga. Make sure it is an exercise you enjoy.

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Stay away from caffeine
Stay away from caffeine

We know how difficult is for some people to stay away from coffee, but it can really exacerbate cramping during your period. Caffeine can increase tension as well as constrict blood vessels, which can worsen menstrual cramps. Coffee may also irritate the stomach. 

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Try sitting and sleeping in different positions
Try sitting and sleeping in different positions

You might find that lying on your side with your knees bent helps relieve the pain, or you might find another position feels better. Try sitting and lying down in different positions to find what works best for you.

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Incorporate relaxation techniques into your day
Incorporate relaxation techniques into your day

Try meditation. yoga or get a massage. Also consider acupuncture. Some women find acupuncture or acupressure techniques work to reduce the pain and cramping.