Remedies for Period Cramps That Really Work | Scoop Sorority

If you’re anything like me every month you prepare yourself for period cramps.

Yup, when it’s that time of the month I am one of the period cramp sufferers. Some are lucky to get mild cramps, others no cramps at all but for a lot of us, the cramps come with out fail, and they come bad!

Overtime, I have tried countless remedies that people swear by. Many work but some not so much. Here is a full proof list of what remedies make the cut and which ones can be cut from our routine!

Heating Pad

Rating: 8/10

A heating pad is a period cramp classic. Heating pads have been used to get rid of cramps for years and this really does work. I have tried both a store bought heating pad, as well as a home made one.

The heating pad method received an 8/10 because I find it’s not the best in the longevity department. If you’re looking for hours free of cramps like pain pills would give you, this is not the method for you.

Personally, heating pads provide cramps relief for about 30 minutes to an hour but the way it soothes your cramps makes a heating pad one of my period pack favorites.

Store bought heating pads are a great investment and aren’t usually too expensive.

At home heating pads can be made using warm towels or by filling a sock with uncooked rice and heating it up in the microwave.

Essential Oil Massage

Rating: 3/10

Healthline suggests massaging your abdomen with essential oils for 20 minutes for cramp relief.

This is something I have heard people do and while it may work for others, it isn’t my favorite.

I find as I do the massage I feel some of the pain alleviate, but I can’t be sure if the essential oils plus my massage is actually doing something or if it’s just the pressure in general that gives me some relief.

This method also doesn’t stop the cramps after the recommended 20-minute-long massage. Without stimulation to the abdomen, sadly the cramps are still there.

Herbal Tea

Rating: 9/10

Herbal tea is the most underrated cramp remedy.

Incorporating herbal tea into my daily diet has been something I wish I would’ve started years ago. After staying consistent with the tea, the amount of cramps I get every month has reduced significantly.

The only downfall of this trick is that again, it is not an instant relief remedy, but the long term benefits are worth it.

Many people drink different types of tea to help with menstrual cramps. Peppermint, ginger, and green tea have been said to work wonders for cramps.

The most popular herbal tea for relief, and the one that is my absolute favorite, is chamomile tea.  Drinking a cup of tea every morning and night could be the cure for you.

Exercise

Rating: 5/10

Exercising while on your period and adding cramps on top of that sound like that last thing anyone wants to be doing. But, believe it or not, exercise helps treat cramps.

Exercise releases natural endorphins that help boost your mood, but they also have a pain relieving effect.

According to Everyday Health, aerobic exercise is “a well-known way to boost endorphins.”  Yoga is also another exercise that many use to relieve cramps.

The times I have chosen to exercise while cramping, my cramps had been mild and I did find the exercise made them go away. The only issue is that when the cramps are very bad exercising is that last thing any of us want to do.

We’ve all had those moments when we’re in so much pain moving just sounds like the worst option. In this case, working out is not an option.

This relief method really only works if your cramps are manageable to work through the pain.

Birth Control

Rating: 8/10

For a more long term solution, birth control might be the choice for you.

Not only is birth control a contraception, it also has a history of helping women with period pain.

As someone who got on birth control specifically because of cramps and used it for two years, I can say that it definitely lessened my cramps by the second or third cycle after I had started taking the pill.

I was completely unaware that there was specific birth control known for helping with cramps. Not only that, but birth control can also help reduce those period breakouts that we all hate.

There are other side affects people experience while taking birth control, but everyone’s case is different.

For the best information, your doctor is who you should go to. Together you can decide what birth control method will best help your situation, and alleviate your pain

CBD Products

Rating: 8/10

CBD is only growing in popularity, and its ability to relieve pain makes it great for cramp relief.

Charlotte Palermino, the co-founder of Nice Paper—a site dedicated to educating people on all things cannabis and CBD in a modern and exciting way—spoke about the benefits CBD has on period cramps.

“Everybody has an endocannabinoid system that is responsible for regulating mood, digestion, and fertility,” she said. “It attaches to your neural receptors, and your brain—CBD activated these receptors, and some of the research shows that it helps with things like inflammation and serotonin regulation.”

CBD can help in a variety of different ways depending on the level of pain. It can help the pain physically as well as soothe and de-stress you which also helps the pain, considering stress helps cause cramps.

The best part about CBD is it comes in so many different ways. Chocolates, drops, oils, creams and patches the list goes on.

With the endless variety of CBD products, there is room to find the product that is right for you.

The search for the right period cramp cure is a matter of trial and error. Try some of these recommendations and get that relief you deserve.

Have you tried any of these remedies? Did they work for you? Drop a comment below and let us know!

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