Menstrual pain can trigger mild discomfort to intense pain in the lower abdomen, back or thighs. The pain typically starts before or at the start of the period. At this point, other symptoms are also present such as diarrhea, headaches, constipation, dizziness, nausea or fainting.
Measures to alleviate menstrual pain
- Place a heating pad or hot water bottle on the abdomen or take a warm bath. Remember that heat can relieve the pain as well as medications.
- Lie down and raise the legs on pillows positioned below the knees.
- Use pads instead of tampons
- Lie on the side and bring the knees to the chest to alleviate back pressure
- Exercise regularly to help relieve the pain
The over-the-counter medications commonly used to alleviate menstrual pain include the following:
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen can alleviate the cramping and pain.
- Take the recommended dosage of the suitable pain medication once discomfort starts or a day before the menstrual period begins.
- In case an NSAID could not effectively reduce the pain, acetaminophen can be used.
Be careful when medications are used by reading and following the instructions on the label. For those who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, consult a doctor first before using any medications.
The prescription medications are ideal if the over-the-counter variants could not provide relief. In such cases, it is best to consult a doctor regarding suitable options.