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    Hi,

    I'm in a bit of pain and was just wondering what natural remedies people use to ease or cure period pain. I can think of:

    Hot water bottle
    Hot drink
    Hot shower
    Rubbing the stomach
    Gentle exercise?

    I also use Paracetamol if I really feel the need to, although I try not to. Growing up, my Mum used to avoid letting me take medication for it and that's sort of stuck with me, although I don't see the problem if you're in pain

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    One thing that I think is overlooked is breathing. I find that making an effort to breathe deeply when I'm having cramps makes them easier to tolerate, even though it's really tempting to just tense up! It's important to try and breath deeply and relax when you're having the cramps, it will make them less severe and take your mind off them a bit
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    (Original post by Leviathan1741)
    One thing that I think is overlooked is breathing. I find that making an effort to breathe deeply when I'm having cramps makes them easier to tolerate, even though it's really tempting to just tense up! It's important to try and breath deeply and relax when you're having the cramps, it will make them less severe and take your mind off them a bit
    Thanks, I'm trying this now and it's working x

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    I eat a lot of softmints/mentos when I'm on my period but I'm not sure if it helps the pain itself or just distracts me for a while until the worst has passed lol
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    sleep on ur stomach... and eat food that's what I do...
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    ICE CREAM!
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    Haha, loving the food remedies I want cookie dough ice cream now x

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    Everyone always recommends heat packs and stuff, but they made me feel awful. I'm super sensitive to heat so they'd make me feel ill and tired, and I'd get really irritable and feel worse I actually found ice packs helped a lot, and being in a really cold room under loads of blankets. I found the best remedy, for myself at least, was to be comfortable. I'd lay down on the sofa, watch TV or some films, drink loads of crappy sugar-filled drinks and eat all the carbs in the world. Looking back, it's probably a good job I don't do that now. I was a heart attack waiting to happen lol
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    Things that help me or that I have heard help:
    Peppermint tea- it's a natural muscle relaxant and worked wonders for pain I had after surgery. I highly suggest you try it.
    Natural painkillers/ muscle relaxants/ relaxing stuff (google/ holland and barret if interested)
    Yoga/ light exercise/ keeping at least a bit active
    Fresh air, hydration, yummy food, general comfort (lazing around in bed!)
    Heat/ cool patches/ gels/ roll ons
    loose fitting clothes
    bath, heat etc (the stuff you mentioned)
    distraction
    Painkillers are totally fine to use if you are in pain unless you're using them for weeks on end. Maybe look into "period pain killers"?- not sure if they actually work better or are just a money grab :P

    Quick note: if your pain is significant enough that you can't do basic daily things or that painkillers don't help, see a doctor. There are some lady and gut issues that are easy to miss that cause increased period pain. It's worth checking if you have significant pain just to be sure.
 
 
 
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