There are many ways to help with the cramps. You should try a few and choose the method that works best for you.
Most of the time your pain can be controlled by taking over-the-counter medications for pain relief that you can pick up at your local pharmacy.5, 6, 8, 9, 10
- Anti-inflammatory pain relievers are the most effective at reducing pain from cramps. These include products like ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®) and naproxen (Aleve®). To work the best they need to be taken as soon as the pain starts and continued (as directed on the label) for a up to maximum of 3 days.
- Aspirin® is another pain reliever that can be used for cramps but it isn’t as good as the anti-inflammatory drugs.
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol®) can be used as for people who cannot use anti-inflammatory drugs or aspirin, although it doesn’t work too well for controlling period pain.