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100 Menstrual Cramp Remedies / 100 Ways to Treat Period Pains

Updated on August 3, 2012

Menstrual cramps (primary Dymenorreah) or period pains can put a stop to most normal activities of a girl or woman's day. For some females, menstrual cramps make them feel nauseous, dizzy, and some even pass out due to the pains and chemical changes. Women have reported having diarrhea, vomiting, headaches, cold sweat, inability to eat or sleep and in a few cases, depression.

Menstrual cramp remedies treat or lessen the severity of the pain and discomfort. The results of these remedies are dependent on the female's lifestyle, habits, personality, or physical and genetic makeup. All the period pain remedies listed here have worked for one or more women across the globe.

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Some of the information given here may be conflicting (ie. avoid standing & walk around) but do not worry. The rule here is: different strokes for different folks.


  1. Sleep
  2. Rest
  3. Urinate often
  4. Usual activity
  5. Sit up straight

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6. Reduce stress

7. Breathe deeply

8. Listen to music

9. Avoid standing

10. Maintain a healthy weight (estrogen is a by-product of fat cells.)

11. Distraction

12. Good attitude

13. A Trans-cutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) Machine (it blocks pain signals)

14. Cold Packs

Make Your Own Castor Oil Wrap

  • 1 teaspoon Castor Oil
  • Cloth, Clean and soft
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Hot Water Bottle
  • Hot Water


  1. Pour oil on abdomen and massage it onto the skin.
  2. Place the cloth then the plastic wrap over the area that has been covered with oil.
  3. Apply heat using a hot water bottle or a steam shower.

Using HEAT to lessen period pain

15. Heating Pads

16. Therma-Care Menstruation patch

17. Castor Oil Wrap

18. Have a small child or animal rest on the abdomen (for pressure and body heat)

19. Herbal Heating Pads

20. Sit over a bucket of hot water / steam

Activities that may help to lessen period pain

21. Masturbation (Orgasmic sexual activity helps the wall of the uterus to contract)

22. Intercourse

23. Abdominal Massages

24. Lower back massages

25. Acupuncture

26. Chiropractic

27. Tai Chi

28. Acupressure

29. Swimming

30. Stretch

Comfort tactics to aid menstrual pain

31. Avoid tight clothing

32. Aromatherapy

33. Meditation

34. Comforté PMS gel (pms4pms [dot] com)

35. Cupping therapy


36. Epsom Salt baths

37. Change tampons/pads often (Wearing them for too long may cause Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)

38. Lie in the fetal position

39. Avoid wearing tampons (they irritate the wall of the vagina)

40. Raise legs

41. Lavender oil therapy / lavender baths

42. Divine Goddess Naturals Moon Day Massage Oil

43. Inner Peace gel

Herbs that reduce menstrual cramping

44. Yogi Tea Healing Formula - Woman's Moon cycle (a tea made from juniper berries and raspberry leaves)

45. Ginkgo

46. Mint (Herbal Tea)

47. Lady’s Mantle Tonic

48. Chaste Tree tonic

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49. Peppermint (Herbal Tea)

50. Chamomile (Herbal Tea)

51. Ginger tea

52. Anti-spasmodic herbs

53. Passion Flower tincture

54. Borage plant

55. Funnel fruit

56. Licorice root

57. Motherwort

58. Cinnamon root

59. Cohosh

60. Squaw Vine

61. Cramp bark

62. Dandelion root and leaves


63. Pineapples (contains an anti-inflammatory enzyme)

64. Avoid Caffeine

65. Bananas

66. Avoid Smoking

67. Seaweed tea (seaweed boiled in a sugar-water mixture)

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68. Avoid Salt

69. Avoid Alcohol

70. Avoid refined foods

71. Dill pickle juice

72. Eat more lean meats

73. Drink plenty of water

74. Carrot, cucumber, and beetroot juice with parsley

75. Chocolate

76. Eat soy foods

77. Eat more fiber

78. Eat more fruits and vegetables

79. Drink wine (alcohol thins blood)

80. Eliminate Trans Fats

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Vitamin and Mineral Supplements

81. Eat foods rich in Calcium

82. Eat foods rich in Antioxidants

83. Take fish oil supplements

84. Take Calcium Citrate supplements

85. Take Vitamin D supplements

86. Take Vitamin E supplements

87. Take Magnesium supplements up to 3 days before it starts (Ask your doctor)

Vitamins and Minerals
Helps in toning mucsles (the uterus is a muscle)
Inhibits the enzyme that causes the uteus to contract
Fish oil (and Vitamin B-12)
Contains fatty-acids that eases pain
Calcium Citrate
Helps in toning mucsles
Vitamin D
Helps calcium and lessens inflamation
Vitamin E
Inhibits the enzyme that causes the uteus to contract
Tones muscles and improve nerves

Medical Relief for Menstrual Cramps

88. Hormonal birth control

89. Surgery (if caused by disorder or illness)

90. Progesterone

91. Advil

92. Ibuprofen

93. Aleve

94. Dong Quai ( a traditional Chinese medicine)

95. Cell-Salts

96. Antibiotics

97. Antidepressants

98. Pamprin

99. Nurofen

100. Midol

Before trying any of these methods, I suggest you consult a physician. This list is not meant to replace any treatments put in place by your medical practitioner. Not all the suggested menstrual cramp remedies will work for you. Before trying any of the herb / medications, find out if you are allergic to it. Consult a physician before adding any vitamin or mineral supplements to your diet.

I hope you found this list useful. If there are any methods that work for you that are not included in the list, please do not hesitate to add to the list by leaving a comment below. You can also use the comments section below to let me know if any suggestions here helped you or not.


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      2 years ago

      On my period I live on pamprin. The cramps are so painful I can't even sleep sometimes.

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      Kristen Howe 

      2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great list of remedies I never heard of and would love to try. Since I've just had mine last week, I would keep this in mind for next month. Thanks for sharing.

    • Loi-Renee profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Jamaica

      You are very right Katie. Any pain at all, menstrual or otherwise is a sign that something is not normal in the body. And very very bad menstrual pain should be taken seriously. Unfortunately, there are sometimes no explanations for the extreme pain and some doctors just advise you to do the next best thing:try to deal with the pain.

      Thank you for reading and commenting Katie. Sorry for taking so long to respond.

    • Loi-Renee profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Jamaica

      Oh my goodness Payton, that sounds really bad. I hope you've gone back to your doctor to get help. I'm sorry for my late response. Feel better soon.

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      3 years ago

      Really bad period pain is NOT normal.It can be due to endometriosis and should be taken seriously.

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      3 years ago

      I'm 21 and i stopped having periods, i talked to my doctor and he put me on birth control to maybe kick start my periods. Sure enough my 3rd week in i was having stomach pain (like cramps) but i hadn't started my period. Then it came and now it feels like mother nature is getting her pay back for all the missed periods. I can't sleep it hurts so bad, i can't get comfortable. If i do get sleep its cuz i passed out for a couple of hours. I just want it to stop and pain killers aren't helping.

    • Loi-Renee profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Astra Nomik. I've noticed that what works for me at one time may not work the next. Have you ever tried the pineapple juice? How well does it work?

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

    • Loi-Renee profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Jamaica

      Thank you Alecia.

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      Cathy Nerujen 

      4 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      Period pains can affect moods a bit. I took up Yoga as one way to help and it does help somewhat. I avoid taking pain killers and prefer more natural ways of dealing with it. Sometimes a nice Radox bath soak can be heavenly. Drinks of water, and a warm towel or heat pack that can be heated in the microwave for a minute and placed in the right area can do wonders. This is a great hub.

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      Cathy Nerujen 

      5 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      I don't get bad pains. Another person I know gets them very bad and has some of the symptoms you describe here. Lying down and curling up in the foetal position or just resting can help, and sometimes the need to move around seems to help at other times.

      And weirdly I see you included Pineapple. The juice of a pineapple is something my Mum recommends for menstrual pains.

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      5 years ago

      I feel like I'm dying.

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      Alecia Murphy 

      5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Great tips! I didn't know about a lot of these.

    • Loi-Renee profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Sarah, thank you for your input. I'm glad to hear that you have found a way to deal with the cramping. I hope other readers will find it useful as well.

      I have started taking hormonal birth control pills for the cramps and I am only sorry I did not do it sooner. It works!

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      5 years ago

      I over 30 years old and have been getting painful periods since I was 13. I experience severe pain in my lower abdomen and lower back, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea and have almost fainted a few times. Last year, I had to visit the emergency room 3 times. I've tried Premenstrual Tension from BrainSync Technology and I saw that if I listen to this for about 3-4 days before the strike I am more present more able to handle myself… and this helped immensely. Give it a try This has helped a lot.

    • Loi-Renee profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Faith. Thanks for voting up. My niece or nephew used to find it amusing to sit or stand on my abdomen. It was a win-win; I get temporary pain relief and they can pretend aunty is a big bad giant they have to stand on to conquer.

      They are too big now but I find that eating bananas and chocolate, and using heat goes a long way.

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      Faith A Mullen 

      5 years ago

      Great list! Heat and serious pain meds are the only thing that seem to work for me. I had to laugh when I saw your "have a small child or animal rest on the abdomen" tip, because I like my dog to curl up by my stomach while I'm in pain to help keep me warm. Voted up!

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      5 years ago from United States

      I have tried some of these tips but I didn't think there are more ways to minimize cramps. Thanks for posting. Up and useful and a following. :)

    • cacophony profile image


      5 years ago

      Heat and ibuprofen worked wonders for me when I had bad cramps, and exercising throughout the month made me feel a lot better during the week or so that I had them. Eventually they got unbearable, though, and I went on the pill and never looked back.

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      5 years ago

      I exercise regularly, eat healthy, and live a stress free life. But...I get HORRIBLE cramps still. I eat bananas and other food that are said to help but they don't. My insides feel like bursting and my ovaries also want to explode and feel like they are being stabbed by a knife.

    • Loi-Renee profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi KellyMediaBest,

      While doing the research, I was surprised when I found out some of the foods that could help to relieve the cramping. Most of them can be found in our kitchen on any given day.

      Haha Until men can experience cramping themselves, they will never understand. If you explain it to them without the "fluff and blue liquid" they would probably curl up in the fetal position in a corner in tears.

      Thank you for taking the time to read and leave a comment.

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      5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      I found the food section pretty interesting. When I have very terrible cramps I take a warm bath and it always works. I don't think men understand just how bad they can get. If they ever had them I think their entire life would stop!

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      5 years ago

      I hurt so bad that I cry and just want to sleep! I'm really cranky and grouchy and want to be by myself

    • Loi-Renee profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Jamaica

      Oh dear. That's sounds bad. I do hope something here can help you. Talk to your parents or a doctor if you think something may be seriously wrong.

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      5 years ago

      I have such bad cramps im crying it hurts so bad

    • Loi-Renee profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Jamaica

      Well you can't lose on a healthy diet and lots of water. Thanks for dropping by.

    • Amethystraven profile image


      6 years ago from California

      I have tried a lot of these. What works best for me is a healthy diet and Yoga. Oh and lots of water.


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