CLAMP­ING DOWN ON CRAMPS

Ob-gyns: they’re just like us! Ex­cept with a med­i­cal de­gree in qui­et­ing un­godly pain. Their tried-and-true strate­gies, be­low:

Women's Health (South Africa) - - HEALTH -

THEY PRETREAT

“I take 600mg of ibupro­fen ev­ery six hours for the three days be­fore my pe­riod to de­crease prostaglandin build-up, the chem­i­cals largely re­spon­si­ble for cramps.” – Dr An­gela Jones

THEY ADD HEAT

“I put my old­school heat­ing pad on my ab­domen. The warmth re­laxes uter­ine mus­cles and re­lieves pain.” – Dr Sheeva Talebian

THEY SKIP CHIPS

“Salty foods prompt the body to hold more wa­ter, which makes PMS symp­toms, like bloat­ing and aching, even worse. So I try to be mind­ful of my in­take – and not reach for the ket­tle chips I re­ally want.” – Dr Janet Choi

THEY GO GREEN

“I avoid sug­ary foods that spike blood su­gar and pro­mote in­flam­ma­tion and I eat a lot of an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory leafy greens, berries, quinoa and spices, like turmeric. When I crave sweets, I stick with dark choco­late – it’s high in mag­ne­sium, which can help al­le­vi­ate cramps.” – Talebian

THEY GET BUSY

“Sex, par­tic­u­larly the kind that ends in or­gasm, helps re­lieve cramps. Dur­ing the big O, the body re­leases an­other O, the hor­mone oxy­tocin, which works like a nat­u­ral painkiller.” – Choi

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