Ways To Lessen Painful Period Cramps

For many women, that time of the month can be a pain, but here are some ways to better deal with a menstrual cycle. Michael Nimaroff, MD, vice chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at the North Shore-LIJ Health System, said warm compresses and heating pads have been shown to help with period pain. Non-steroidal drugs, including Advil and Motrin, can help lessen the pain and are more effective than Tylenol, Dr. Nimaroff said. Celebrex can also be used if non-steroidal medications aren’t working, Dr. Nimaroff said. “The best therapy actually for severe dysmenorrhea [painful periods] is birth control pills,” Dr. Nimaroff said. “Hormonal management really does make a difference.”

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