CLAMP­ING DOWN ON CRAMPS

Gy­nae­col­o­gists: they’re just like you, ex­cept with a med­i­cal de­gree in qui­et­ing un­godly pain. Steal their tried-and-true strate­gies be­low

Women's Health (UK) - - BREAK THE CYCLE -

PRE­TREAT

‘I take ibupro­fen ev­ery six hours for three days be­fore my pe­riod to de­crease the prostaglandin build-up, which is largely re­spon­si­ble for cramps.’ Dr An­gela Jones

SKIP CRISPS

‘Salt prompts the body to hold more wa­ter, which makes bloat­ing and aching even worse. So I try to be mind­ful of my in­take.’ Dr Janet Choi

GET BUSY

‘Sex, par­tic­u­larly the kind that ends in or­gasms, helps re­lieve cramps. Dur­ing the big O, the body re­leases an­other O, the hor­mone oxy­tocin, which works as a nat­u­ral painkiller.’ Dr Choi

GO GREEN

‘I avoid overly sweet foods that spike blood sugar and cause in­flam­ma­tion and eat a lot of leafy greens, berries, quinoa and spices, like turmeric.’ Dr Sheeva Talebian

ADD HEAT

‘I put my old-school heat­ing pad on my ab­domen. The warmth re­laxes uter­ine mus­cles and re­lieves pain.’ Dr Talebian

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