Lifestyle and home remediesBy Mayo Clinic staff
If your pain persists or if finding a treatment that works takes some time, you can try measures at home to relieve your discomfort.
- Warm baths and a heating pad can help relax pelvic muscles, reducing cramping and pain.
- Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) or naproxen (Aleve, others), can help ease painful menstrual cramps.
- Getting regular exercise may help improve symptoms.
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