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I’ve spent far too much time trying to figure out ways to handle severe menstrual cramps without painkillers. And when I say severe cramps, I’m talking about the cramps that are worse than labor contractions. Unfortunately, the epidural is not available to women during their time of the month. I’m hoping that this little list might help one of you out. Looking for ways to save money on your period, check out this post.
This is my number one helpful tool. I love my heating pad. I am looking into getting a rechargeable one. I just found out they made them!
I only recently bought a tens unit and am so glad I did. It’s not a miracle worker but it helps. I do notice a huge difference in the pain levels while I’m using. But, my body quickly reverts back to maximum pain once I take it off.
Essential for when using a heating pad isn’t feasible.
Epsom salt baths are great for relaxing your entire body and soothing cramps.
I am not an essential oil expert and don’t believe that oils can cure all the diseases in the world. That being said, Clary Sage and Peppermint are helpful for relieving cramps when applied topically (diluted) on the abdomen. I buy mine from Amazon or Plant Therapy.
I do want to point out that if you are having horrible cramps, you should see your doctor. I didn’t know that a period shouldn’t hurt that bad until I was in my mid-20s. I’ve learned that mine are caused by a combination of endometriosis and ademysosis. I’m really upset that it took me so many years to find out that what I was dealing with wasn’t “normal”.
Do you suffer from horrible menstrual cramps? What are your best tips to relieve them?