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Old 08-11-2003, 02:33 PM   #1
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Post Menstrual cramps--any tips?

I can no longer take Anaprox or ibuprofen drugs to treat severe menstrual cramps because those drugs caused stomach ulcers. Does anyone have any other tips to treat cramps? Does Tylenol help anyone? Has anyone ever tried MENASTIL or other topical natural remedies?

Thank you.

Old 08-11-2003, 03:23 PM   #2
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I've used Tylenol, I've also used advil and alieve. Though i'm not sure if those contain things in them that you can't use. I've also heard that those new heating strips that you can place on your stomach really help too (i forget who makes them, playtex maybe)

I don't have cramps anymore due to BC. Sorry i can't be of more help.

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Old 08-11-2003, 03:32 PM   #3
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electric heating pads work alright, stretching and light work outs help. im sure tylenol will work though. hope this helped out a lil

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Old 08-11-2003, 07:49 PM   #4
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Tylenol has never worked for me, especially not for menstrual symptoms. No common pain relievers do the job. I buy some pills at the pharmacy called "menstrual formula capsules." They work wonders. I have the worst, most unbearable symptoms, but when I take them, I get nothing at all!

Old 08-11-2003, 08:36 PM   #5
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i use heat and a massager (sometimes a heated massager). some yoga positions are also a help. extended child's pose is a good one.

btw, i have been working on my diet lately and this last period that just passed was the easiest, pain free period i can remember.

Old 08-12-2003, 01:16 PM   #6
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I sympathize with you - I have the same probelms.
Tylenol will probably not do much if anything to
relieve the pain. My doctor prescribed Darvocet
for me and although this is a pretty weak pain killer it at least takes the edge off. It is acetaminophene based so it should not irritate your stomach like
the ibuprofens do. The "Thermacare" disposable
heating pads do wonders too - can get these at
any drug or grocery store. Good luck!


Old 08-12-2003, 01:34 PM   #7
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Thanks to everyone for their replies. I will report back if any of the above suggestions or others I'm trying actually work.

Old 08-12-2003, 03:23 PM   #8
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Heat pads are very good, but also, there is a homeopathic remedy called MAG PHOS that is very good for period pains. You can get these from healthfood stores and they work just as well as ordinary meds do.

You can also try Chamomile tea or Peppermint tea too.

Good luck

Old 08-13-2003, 09:38 AM   #9
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I don't know if you're already on birth control but that's what I recommend for cramps. Without birth control, I take about 4 ibuprofen at a time at really close intervals. Cramps have left me doubled over in bed even after taking all this ibuprofen--once I took 9 before the cramps stopped. Needless to say, my cramps were terrible and interfering with my life. However, on birth control, the cramps are annoying at best and hardly worth mentioning. Plus my periods are lighter, which is nice (I used to have terrible problems protecting myself enough because of such a heavy flow, using tampons and huge pads at the same time!) So if you are able to take birth control with your ulcers (not sure about that), I suggest that's what you do. Everyone I know on birth control has fewer cramps and lighter flow. It's a good way to go. Best of luck to you.

Old 08-15-2003, 01:48 AM   #10
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Do not take the BCP for period problems. They just interfere with your hormones and can cause no end of problems.

Taking the BCP is definitely not the way to get rid of these problems. Try all the natural suggestions that others have posted on this board. They really do work.

Old 08-15-2003, 07:12 AM   #11
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I used to use Midol for my cramps. I had severe cramps with diarhea...the whole 9 yards. Would be so bad I would have to stay home from work two days a month. I've been on the pill for almost two years now and I think I've had cramps that severe once or twice. I rarely get cramps at all now, and if I do, they're mild. Definitely talk to your doctor to see if the pill is right for you. As far as non medicinal remedies, the only thing that worked for me was a heating pad. Good luck!

Old 08-15-2003, 11:34 AM   #12
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The homeopathic remedies that I suggested are medicinal remedies, but they are also natural and they do work.

If you have not tried HOMEOPATHIC remedies, then you most certainly have not tried everything.

Old 08-15-2003, 08:21 PM   #13
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I've been taking EFA (essential fatty acids, Omega 3 and Omega 6) for about 6 months. My cramps, which were extreme, have almost disappeared. You can get it at any health food store.

Old 08-17-2003, 08:36 PM   #14
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not meaning to be salacious or anything, I find that if I am able to have an orgasm my cramps go away almost immediately and stay away for awhile. For me, the orgasm needs to be vaginal, not just clitoral, in order to calm down my cramps. I know it seems weird to be doing during your period but I really have found that making love and self-pleasuring can help. Don't mean to gross anybody out or anything, I just think it is important for people to know what we can do for our bodies naturally, without any medication or anything...

hope this helps,


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