Menstrual pain, the monster that rears its ugly head monthly, can be unpleasant and a disruption. You may be surprised to hear that it is the leading cause of missed days at school and work for women in their teens and 20s.
Try these steps to lessen menstrual cramps and pain:
- do aerobic exercise and strength training regularly
- get 1,000 mg of calcium a day from food or calcium supplements
- take anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen or naproxen as soon as you feel cramping
- eat light, frequent meals low in salt, sugar, alcohol and caffeine
If you continue to have bad menstrual pain, it could be a sign of a more serious condition such as endometriosis.
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