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What can you do to ease cramping from a menstrual period?

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To ease cramping, try applying heat to your abdomen with a heating pad or hot water bottle. Taking a warm bath may also help. Some teens find that exercise helps relieve cramps. Exercise improves blood flow and produces endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. Simple but effective non-prescription pain relieving medications can ease symptoms. These include acetaminophen (Tylenol) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). NSAIDs include medications like ibuprofen (such as Motrin and Advil) and naproxen (such as Aleve). These drugs block the effects of prostaglandin hormones. Discuss symptoms with your primary health care practitioner, so you can find the best medications and dosage.

From: All About Menstruation WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

Iwannaknow.org: "Puberty." 

WebMD Medical Reference:  .  Normal Menstrual Cycle

Cool Nurse.com:  "What You Need to Know About Menstruation."

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Especially for Teens: Menstruation." 

The National Women's Health Information Center: "Menstruation and the Menstrual Cycle."

Tampax: Usage questions: "Can I use a tampon overnight?"

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on April 18, 2019

SOURCES: 

Iwannaknow.org: "Puberty." 

WebMD Medical Reference:  .  Normal Menstrual Cycle

Cool Nurse.com:  "What You Need to Know About Menstruation."

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Especially for Teens: Menstruation." 

The National Women's Health Information Center: "Menstruation and the Menstrual Cycle."

Tampax: Usage questions: "Can I use a tampon overnight?"

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on April 18, 2019

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