You dread the monthly visit. It’s painful, messy, and leaves you feeling drained. No, we’re not talking about when your mother-in-law comes. Especially for those with uterine fibroids, it’s the monthly visit of your period that inspires the countdown. While we’d love to make your period a joy, unfortunately, we’re not magical. Instead, we’ve gathered 10 awesome hacks to reduce the pain and deal with the potentially heavy bleeding. Try them and make your period experience less painful, more bearable and maybe even something that doesn’t make you cringe.
Exercise increases endorphins, serotonin and norepinephrine, the “feel-good” chemicals and neurotransmitters your body produces naturally. Yes, of course it’s hard to get up and move when your abdomen is sending out cries for help. Just tell it to hold on – because it’ll feel much better after you’re done with your walk, bike ride, or whatever other exercise you choose.
In addition to exercise when you have your period, a regular exercise routine that strengthens your abdominal muscles can help your period pain decrease. The stronger your abdomen is, the more control your body will have over cramping.
Take out that hot water bottle or heating pad! Heat can be as effective for easing period cramps as the painkiller ibuprofen, one study found.
In addition to taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) like ibuprofen or naproxen when your cramps strike, you could also try and preempt your period pain. If your period is very regular, try taking a painkiller the morning that you expect your period, even if it hasn’t come

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