Self care, without ibuprofen, for menstrual cramps?
August 16, 2010 2:11 PM Subscribe
Terrible menstrual cramps, and I can't take any pain reliever other than Tylenol (acetaminophen). What can I do right now at home (i.e., without a prescription/doctor) to ease the pain?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (59 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I can't take any kind of NSAIDs/ibuprofen (such as advil/aleve/motrin) because of a medication I'm taking (which also apparently tends to make cramps worse, according to lots of random anecdata I see on web forums). I will get to talk to a doctor about this among other issues with the medication -- but not for weeks.
What can I do now? I am using a heating pad. I've tried having orgasms, but that only eases the pain for the 5 or so minutes immediately following the orgasm (and the process of reaching an orgasm is hurting anyway, no matter the method, because it seems to work the same muscles that hurt).
I'm not accustomed to menstrual pain this bad, because I've only had bad cramps starting this year (since I started the medication). And right now is the worst pain I've ever had. It's not different, just even worse than ever before. Thank you for any ideas.