Period pain sucks. As soon as the first twinge shoots across your abdomen, you know it’s just a downward spiral from there. At best, it will leave you a bit bloated, lethargic and feeling a little low, and at its worst, you’ll end up mentally, physically and emotionally exhausted from the entire experience.
“The medical term for menstrual cramps is dysmenorrhea, which means painful menstruation,” reveals Shabir Daya, MRPharmS, co-founder of Victoria Health. “More than half of all females suffer from it at some point in their lives.”
According to our resident doctor, Jane Leonard, MD, the reason we get cramps is all down to the hormonal changes we experience pre- and mid-menstruation, but it’s important to note that if your period pain is particularly bad, it could be as a result of an underlying condition.
“If PMS and period pain are becoming a significant problem, affecting your quality of life, ability to do your daily activities or you are worried in any way, please see your GP to see if there are there are many things can help,” recommends Leonard.
If you’re not in that category and have simply found yourself afflicted with the “standard” monthly distress, you’ll be happy to hear that a couple of Nurofen and a hot water bottle aren’t your only routes to banishing period cramps. Nope, we quizzed the UK’s top health and wellness experts to uncover the most ingenious tips that will ease the pain at record speed.
Keep scrolling for four period pain cures you won’t have tried yet.
Up next, when the pain subsides, try one of these pillow sprays to make sure you get a good night’s sleep during your period.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.