11 Unexpected Ways to Cure Cramps

woman with crampsAs if bloating, headaches, and the urge to eat every sugar-filled thing in sight weren't enough, your period may also be accompanied by excruciating cramps. Anyone who suffers with this horrific symptom monthly has probably thought to herself, "I'd try anything to feel better!" Well, we found some of the most far-out remedies recommended to ease your aching abdomen -- if you dare!

Some of these "cures" are fairly new, while others are centuries old. Got a unique treatment you swear by for kicking those cramps to the curb? We'd love to hear it!

 

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  • Mr. Blue Pill

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    Turns out that little blue pill is good for more than just one thing. According to the journal Human Reproduction, Viagra may be helpful because it dilates blood vessels and increases blood flow to the uterus. Interesting! Best to ask your doc before trying this -- and we mean an MD, not that weird guy who calls himself Dr. McLovin.

  • Go to Pot

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    Sure, you may think a little weed might help ease those wince-inducing cramps, but this method of intake may not be what you had in mind. Foria Relief has created a tampon-sized pot suppository and it is said to relieve pain without inducing a high. Before you book a flight west, talk to your doctor about giving it a try.

  • Frisky Times

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    Okay, this is probably one your grandma won't tell you about (unless she's pretty progressive), but having an orgasm is said to relieve cramps because it gets your blood pumping. Plus, oxytocin, the body's natural pain reliever, gets released, meaning you'll start to feel better fast!

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  • Flower Power

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    Marigolds to the rescue! Say what? Turns out Calendula oil, derived from marigolds, has been used medicinally for centuries. When rubbed on the skin, it's been said to reduce pain and swelling. Look for it at health food stores or pharmacies.

  • Cool It Now

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    Peppermint is believed to help ease cramps because it's a muscle relaxer as well as an appetite suppressant -- meaning you won't be reaching for those salty snacks that can often make discomfort and bloating worse. Add some peppermint leaves to boiling water and see for yourself!

  • "Me" Time

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    As we mentioned in slide #3, having an orgasm is a way to kick cramps to the curb. But if you don't have a partner (or can't wait for your mate to get home from work), you may want to take matters into your own hands. (Sorry, we couldn't resist.) Planned Parenthood says the solo practices relieves menstrual cramps and muscle tension.

  • Om!

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    We all know how yoga can relieve tension and stress, but did you know it can help ease menstrual cramps? While you might not initially feel like doing a little downward facing dog, you'd be surprised by the relief you feel once you're on your mat. Which pose is the most beneficial? Don't worry, it's not crow. (Phew!) Yogi Laura Waite suggests four yoga poses that can ease cramps and make you feel more relaxed.

  • Spice It Up!

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    Ginger isn't just delicious in your tea and pumpkin bread! This spice has historically been recognized for its anti-inflammatory properties. In a study published in the Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, it turns out ginger is actually as effective as ibuprofen when it comes to easing period symptoms.

  • Soak It Up

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    A soothing soak feels good anytime, but if you're battling painful cramps, create your own home spa and reap the benefits. How does it work? Combine equal parts sea salt and baking soda and add the mix to warm water. Feel your muscles relax and your cramps disappear.

  • Stick With It

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    Who would think sticking needles in your body could actually help your cramps? But it turns out acupuncture has become a popular way to treat menstrual pain. In fact, the National Institutes of Health has recommended acupuncture, on its own or in conjunction with other treatments, as a way to treat pain associated with menstruation.

  • Cinammon, Girl!

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    As if cinnamon wasn't already one of our favorite spices, studies suggest that it can significantly reduce pain, the amount of menstrual bleeding, nausea, and vomiting. Crush a cinnamon stick, brew your own tea, and see if you notice your cramps easing!

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